Friday, October 4, 2013

USS Midway


Spent a day in San Diego this week to tour the USS Midway.


What a great museum. You can get a headset for an audio tour (included in the entrance price) and learn all about the ship and the planes on the deck of this aircraft carrier. You can also get a guided tour of the bridge (also included in the entrance price), which we did.


Here's a view of the runway from the control tower.

What I found most interesting was the whole "city on the ocean" aspect of it. Having never been in the Navy or gone to sea on a ship, I was intrigued by the logistics of 4500 crew members living here for months at a time. It really is a self-contained city.

Enlisted personnel berthing.

Chapel

Store

Operating room

Dentist chair

Big mixing bowls in the kitchen

Some of the ovens in the kitchen

The brig

There's so much more to see and learn on this ship/museum: the ship's engines, radio equipment, officer's quarters, laundry, communications and radar, the catapult that launches the aircraft, the different jobs and missions of crew members, the airplanes on the flight deck, etc. One could easily spend a couple days here listening to all the audio tour recordings and the information imparted by volunteers who work on the ship and all the written information on signs and posters all around the ship. It's all very well presented and an excellent museum.