USS Midway under way.
Steve Hadley Photo

Class: Midway Aircraft Carrier
Launched: 20 March 1945
At: Newport News Shipbuilding Co., Newport News, Virginia
Commissioned: 10 September 1945
Modernized: 1955-57; 1966-70
Length: 1,001 feet
Extreme Width: 258 feet
Draft: 34 feet
Displacement: 70,000 tons

USS Midway Museum
910 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 544-9600
Fax: (619) 544-9188
Latitude: 32.7138767016, Longitude: -117.175219141
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Imagine a ship that once embarked on a 47-year odyssey--from the end of WW II to the liberation of Kuwait in 1992--shared by 225,000 American sailors. The USS Midway, longest-serving aircraft carrier in Navy history, is now the most-visited floating naval ship museum in the world.

Midway routinely set new standards of naval aviation. It was the first to deploy extensively in the sub-Arctic winter and in 1947 successfully launched a captured German V-2 rocket that became the dawn of naval missile warfare. Midway also was the first carrier homeported in a foreign country when it arrived Yokosuka, Japan in 1973. It still holds the record for longest carrier deployment at sea, 327 days.

As a museum, Midway features more than 60 exhibits from boiler to bridge and a self-guided audio tour narrated by many Midway veterans. Annually it is adding restored spaces to the public tour. The museum's restored air wing features more than 25 aircraft of WWII-Desert Storm vintage.

Midway is moored alongside Navy Pier on downtown San Diego's Embarcadero waterfront.

USS Midway flight deck in 2006.
USS Midway Museum 2006

USS Midway as a museum.
Charles Pfeil Photo

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