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USS Midway CV-41
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dmaco09



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A USN photo that was given to me when I reported aboard in 1986
· Date: Tue, 26 October 10 · Views: 291
· Tags: 2 · Filesize: 167.5kb, 167.5kb · Dimensions: 1024 x 800 ·
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Keywords: USS Midway CV-41
Source of Image, If not your own: US Navy
Date photo was taken: 1980s
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NickNZ

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Tue, 26 October 10 14:32

Nice photo, like a lot of the USN photos on their official website. Looks like 2 F/A-18 Hornets ranged on the catapults.

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Klaatu83
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Sat, 30 October 10 08:21

The taxpayers certainly got their money's worth out of this ship! By the time this photograph was taken, in 1986, the Midway was fully 40 years old, and so extensively modified that she looked completely different from the way she did when originally built.
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dmaco09
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Wed, 10 November 10 15:45

Thanks for the feedback gents- we used to joke a lot about the old lady, 'The only submarine that can launch airplanes'- the flight deck of 'Midway', despite her respectable length and displacement, came up to about the hangar deck of the 'Forrestal' and later class ships. Because of the massive amount of weight added above the waterline the ship had issues with stability; I've seen green water over the 'angle iron' on the port side during one storm and thanks to the low freeboard the elevators were limited in their operation in heavy sea states, if not completely unusable.

'Midway' rolled more like a destroyer than a carrier, rapid changes and kind of hesitating before finally coming back upright at times. As I recall 26 degrees was reached once in the Sea of Japan, pretty scary for a new sailor on his
first ship.

We could get a lot of airplanes airborne in a hurry, however- we only had 2 types of tactical jets to worry about and our steam catapults could be pressurized very quickly (as there were only 2) and the crew had a fairly high percentage of 'lifers' so the ship ran like a clock most days, despite her age. Also, the Japanese yards did excellent work keeping her in shape during her many years of home porting at Yokosuka; I think Sumitomo was more familiar with 'Midway' than the US Navy was at the end.

Anyway, I hear she's worth a visit at the 'Midway Museum' in San Diego, if any of you all are in that city. I'm going to go one of these days, but I'm afraid that as soon as I step aboard I'm going to reflexively look for paint chipping gear and draw funny looks...
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dmaco09
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Wed, 10 November 10 16:12

You're correct Nick- I think 2 squadrons of F-18s were brought aboard in '85 when they replaced F-4s...hangar deck overheads had to be modified to cope with the "Hornet"'s tall tails. Just added a little more weight topside...!

Also present in Air Wing 5 were 2 squadrons of A-6Es, some KA-6Ds (tankers) 4 EA-6Bs 'Prowlers', E-2 'Hawkeyes' and a brace of HH-3 (Sea King) choppers for plane guard and ASW work. Busy ship.
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