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.

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