Honoring the 35th Anniversary of April 30, 1975 Celebrating Freedom in America
Join us on April 30, 2010 to honor a very important day in the USS Midway's and Vietnam's history.
It is the 35th anniversary of Operation Frequent Wind, the humanitarian mission when USS Midway sailors rescued more than 3,000 Vietnamese refugees fleeing the fall of Saigon.
The general public is invited to a special ceremony at 12 noon on the flight deck, featuring the 1975 captain of Midway, Larry Chambers, and the 1975 air boss of Midway, Vern Jumper, plus Vietnamese performances and entertainment.
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Vision To become the nation’s West Coast symbol of American strength, freedom and peace as a naval aviation museum.
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Historical Perspective Commissioned a week after the end of World War II, the USS Midway embarked on an unprecedented 47-year odyssey that set new standards in naval aviation. More than 225,000 Americans took part in the odyssey that ended after Midway served as the Persian Gulf flagship in Desert Storm. Longest-serving U.S. Navy carrier of the 20th century and largest ship in the world, 1945-1955.
Self-guided audio tour featuring Midway veterans as narrators included with each admission. Available in English, Spanish and Japanese. Sample clips from the audio tour:
Life at Sea
13,500 Meals a Day
A Stay in the Brig
SBD Pilot Memories
Optional flight simulators ($6-$30). Options include motion simulation on a Desert Storm mission and Strike Fighter 360 which features pilot-controlled rolls, spins and somersaults while flying a mission.
A youth sleepover program for non-profit youth organizations
Comprehensive education program in Midway University, hosting more than 30,000 K-12 students annual with curriculum-sanctioned, hands-on math and science labs and field trip activities
More than 60 exhibits from boiler to bridge, including 25 restored aircraft
Virtual video tour for limited-access exhibits
Elevator access onto the ship and to second deck and flight deck
Interactive videos, climb-aboard aircraft, ejection-seat theatre
Early-bird docent-led tours
Wheelchair Access: elevators available from Navy Pier to hangar deck, second deck and flight deck. Virtual video tour of limited-access exhibits shown continuously on the flight deck.
Parking: Paid parking available on Navy Pier; public transit stops are only 3 blocks away
Awards & Recognition
Most-visited floating ship museum in the world: 4.1 million visitors in 5 years (2004-2009).
First museum in the country to receive the Preserve America Presidential Award in a Rose Garden Ceremony
Included in msn.com’s “Top 50 Museums of America”
Called the “gold standard of aircraft carrier museums” by The Boston Globe
Seen on: History Channel, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, FOX’s Hannity & Colmes, Monday Night Football, Australia’s “Today Show,” among other
More than 100,000 square feet available.
2005 Event Venue of the Year in a national meeting planner poll
285 events held in 2007, reservations accepted up to three years in advance
Location & Hours
910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 (alongside Navy Pier)
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, (Thanksgiving and Christmas excepted)Ticket booth closes at 4 p.m.
$15 Seniors 62+ and Students with ID
$10 Retired military with ID
$10 Youth 6-17
5 and under free
All active-duty military/reservists free with ID
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Scott McGaughMarketing Director(619) 398-8250
Notes from Robert A. Griffin
Excellent - well written and factual.
I was a crew member aboard the USNS Greenville Victory and the memories came flooding back when I read your account. While enroute to Subic Bay, we had several children born onboard and I made up documents they could use for their citizenship as being born aboard a US vessel in international waters, which made them US citizens.
Best Regards for your future.
Robert A. Griffin