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News from the USS Midway Museum




Date : Thursday, August 12, 2004

From : Theresa Randall <>

Subject : Midway Magic August Update

Midway is welcoming visitors from across the country and around the world. Folks young and old alike sharing the experience of "a city at sea," taking in the view of San Diego Bay from the flight deck, and coming away with a new appreciation of devotion and dedication to serving one's country.

Planning a trip to the San Diego waterfront to visit Midway? Why not make a day of it? Ship tours take approximately 2-3 hours. While you are here you can enjoy a morning snack or lunch at our Fantail Cafe, fly a jet simulator with Mach Combat, and take a stroll along the North Embarcadero to the San Diego Maritime Museum featuring the Star of India.

Parking is available on Navy Pier. Our ticket booth hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day. The museum closes at 5 p.m.

Memberships are also available online and at the museum. Our membership program continues to grow. With over 6,000 members we are amongst the largest museums in the region. If you are not already a member you can join today at

619-544-9600 fax: 619-544-9188
910 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101


Date : Thursday, August 05, 2004

U.S.S. Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum Cruises with Kintera Technology


"Midway Magic" is how the military and the press refer to the tremendous attention generated by the U.S.S. Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum, which opened in San Diego a little over a month ago. To expand its public reach and better manage a large membership base, the museum selected San Diego-based Kintera(R) Inc. (NASDAQ:KNTA) to provide powerful online technology to build their community.

A leading provider of software as a service to nonprofit organizations, Kintera helped build and launch the U.S.S. Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum content managed (CMS) Web site at to assist the membership-based organization in generating awareness, finding volunteers and collecting online donations nationwide. Media across the country have covered the museum's grand-opening with live broadcasts, behind-the-scenes tours and a myriad of interviews -- all helping to drive traffic to the nonprofit's Web site, and encourage thousands of supporters to join the organization.

For nearly three years, the Midway Museum has been using Kintera's Friends Asking Friends(R) solicitation system to sell commemorative tickets and generate donations in preparation for the museum's opening. Part of the award-winning Kintera Sphere(TM) unified software platform, Friends Asking Friends has helped the organization raise donations online over that time. Kintera's Web-based technology also provides a powerful back-end database to house contact records so that the museum can better understand and communicate with Web site visitors. The museum originally had 5,000 contact records and now has over 30,000, thanks to seamless support of the Web site with a unified database.

The U.S.S. Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum Web site also enables the organization to provide up-to-date information about the museum, such as various programs and exhibits, hours of operation and links to other sites featuring the U.S.S Midway, allowing visitors to plan their day at the floating museum in advance. Web visitors can register online for memberships and volunteer opportunities, pay registration dues and securely donate online. A crew bulletin board on the Web site even allows museum-goers to post messages detailing their experience.

"Before the museum was open, we used Kintera's easy-to-use online tools to raise funds and build awareness for the arrival of the Midway," said Scott McGaugh, the marketing director at the U.S.S. Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum. "We selected Kintera to overhaul our Web site to create a key marketing tool and resource that not only supported our grand opening activities, but also became the foundation of ongoing marketing strategies."

"We are extremely proud to be the technology provider for the U.S.S. Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum," said Kintera co-founder and CEO, Harry Gruber. "This museum is a great example of how powerful the Internet can be in generating awareness, members and dollars for a nonprofit organization."


Date: Saturday, July 17, 2004

From : Theresa Randall <>

Subject : USS Midway Opens in San Diego

Midway has been open for over 30 days and we are beginning to get our sea legs. Our visitors especially enjoy the audio tours of the ship's main exhibits and the collection of eight aircraft gracing our flight deck and hangar bays. Museum designers are hard at work to get new exhibits ready for public access later this fall including additional spaces on the mess decks and exhibits in the island superstructure.

Our exhibits manager is seeking former Midway medical personnel as the displays in Sick Bay and the Dental offices are developed. You can contact Karl Zingheim at

Midway Magic continues to spread across the region. News agencies from across the country have covered our grand-opening with live broadcast, behind-the-scenes tours, and a myriad of interviews. All that excitement has been rewarding for the fledgling museum with over 4,000 annual members joining the museum. Members-only events are planned for this coming Fall, join now to receive our quarterly newsletter, admission for you and a guest, along with discounts at our museum store.

Our volunteer program continues to grow. You can volunteer online at Our safety team is seeking additional volunteers as are many of our other programs. Contact Vic Vydra (Safety) at 619-544-9600 x225.

Theresa Randall
Membership Director
619-544-9600 x229



Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2004

From: Jim Redfield

To: Restoration Hangar Volunteers

Subject: Hangargram #20 (my last)

To All A/C restoration volunteers & associates:

This is my swan song for my tenure at Hangar 805; the new boss is Aubrey Brittain, LT, USN (Ret) effective immediately. Please accord him the loyalty all of you have shown me over the years - - he's a good man & will pick up the reins quickly, I am sure.

The task ahead is a formidable one as you all, not only now have to restore aircraft, but also maintain them on board as well. The boss has lined up some more interesting A/C including the T-2 Buckeye just received, the F-9-F Panther enroute & potential S3B, an H-3 & possibly an H-46. These are additive to the C-1A, SH-2 & F-4#2 now in work.

My reason for leaving, since some of you have asked, is because I really don't want a full time job & I didn't feel I could continue to handle it on a part time volunteer basis which was evolving toward full time! I'll be around for consulting as needed and will continue to support the SD Aerospace Museum restoration effort from whence I came, originally.

Our three+ years together have netted us some phenomenal achievements in a/c & selected GSE exhibits. We started with an empty hangar, a handful of people & a few corroded hulks & junk & now have eight a/c on board plus some GSE in pristine shape (including Theresa's tug) & a fairly complete facility including a great staff of volunteers with a variety of talents.

As I mentioned in our good-bye session yesterday at the hangar, we owe a lot to a bunch of people including, firstly, the volunteers who make it happen! We also have been supported by our volunteer boss & prior boss who have given much of their time, expert direction & some very creative financing to keep our operation afloat.

Additionally we need to recognize all of the functions aboard NORIS without whose assistance & support we would be nowhere. They include the CO & staff, paint shop, tool control, transportation, security, AirPac, AIMD and PWC.

We have also had a lot of support from the Reserve unit CVSW0194 & help from HC-85 folks, the latter of whom are on active duty in Hawaii now but who pitched in on our SH-2 restoration significantly.

Beside the foregoing, we got tremendous support from the San Diego business community whose names are too numerous to mention though their contributions have been sent forwarded to our management staff & will hopefully be recognized.

We got thousands of dollars worth of equipment, services & supplies at no or reduced cost which allowed us to facilitize & stock our hangar. We have been recognized as a major contributor to the successful opening of the Midway to the public with our a/c exhibits by our COO and will hopefully receive favorable reception to funding requests to perpetuate the restoration operation.

Thank you all again, and especially to those that attended the session yesterday; it was a small gathering which is what I requested. Thanks also to the a/c maintenance guys aboard who gave me a unique Midway ball cap & shirt - I really appreciate it.

Keep up the good work!


Jim Redfield


Jim Redfield

Jim Redfield

(Robert Anderson Photo)




Date : Monday, May 3, 2004

From : Riley Mixson <>

Subject : Midway Ticket Packages Available Online

The Navy's most pioneering aircraft carrier, USS Midway, will soon become the flagship of naval aviation museums. You can be a part of this momentous occasion and help us create a remarkable museum by purchasing your limited edition Commemorative Ticket online today.

The Commemorative Ticket package includes a Commemorative Ticket suitable for framing, a booklet chronicling Midway's rich history, a one-time admission pass good for up to four people for free admission to the museum. (The admission pass is good for museum entrance during normal operating hours and is not valid for special events.)

All this can be yours for $50!!!
Order your ticket package online today at
Or mail a check payable to SDACM, to San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum (SDACM), 1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. Please note on the memo line that you're requesting a Commemorative Ticket package.

If you have already purchased your packet, thank you for your support. The museum opens June 7, 2004, and will be open from 10 AM - 5 PM each day.

San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum, 1355 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Volunteer today, email to request an application.


Date : Friday, April 16, 2004

From : Riley Mixson <>

Subject : Midway Opens June 7, 2004

Pre-Orders of First Book on Midway's History Benefit Museum
After two years of research and 308 Midway sailor interviews, Scott McGaugh's Midway Magic - An Oral History of America's Legendary Aircraft Carrier will be on bookshelves across the nation in late June!

But you can order now and get your copies autographed! Proceeds benefit the museum and quantity discounts are available! Go to: and click on "Advance Orders" And spread the word to employees, friends and colleagues. It's a great way to capture a piece of history and benefit the museum and quantity discounts are available!

Sign Up for Midway Magic Membership
SDACM now offers a variety of memberships with a host of great benefits and values. Become a member today! Memberships start at $35 for seniors, $50 for individuals and $75 for families. Sign up online at and become a charter member of Midway Magic!

Midway Welcomes Local Business Leaders
Midway hosted the San Diego Chamber of Commerce for the first event aboard Midway . Chief Operating Officer Mac McLaughlin spoke at the breakfast and asked for the community's support. He called on area business leaders to sponsor exhibits aboard Midway . McLaughlin previewed the museum's education program set for launch in September 2004. To request information on corporate sponsorship, please reply to

Artifacts Needed
Our collection of naval memorabilia continues to grow, but we still need your support! We are seeking the following items that will permit us to properly depict the F-4 and A-7 in a flying status for their respective exhibits:

Three flight helmets (HGU-33 type preferred)
Three oxygen masks
Three Nomex flight suits
Three flight suit harnesses

If you would like to donate one of these items email our curator at

Kudos to Our Volunteers
A project like this does not enjoy the level of success we have reached without the dedication of a great group of volunteers. We have hundreds of individuals who have offered their time and talents to this project.

For those of you who have made the trek down to Harbor Drive to view the Midway , you have come into contact with many of these great volunteers. Each day a dozen or so volunteers greet pedestrians along the waterfront as visitors stroll the Embarcadero between Seaport Village and the Star of India. During their sojourn visitors inquiry about the size of the ship and details on her crew. These volunteers are helping us build our initial base of members and educate folks from across the country on the grandeur of this modern marvel, the aircraft carrier.

The San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum is a registered 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Donations can be mailed to:

San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum
1355 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101



Date : Sunday, April 04, 2004 11:14 PM

From : Riley Mixson <>

Subject : Midway Opening Slated for June 2004

The countdown has begun to the opening of Midway Magic. After many years of planning, the museum will open June 7, 2004, at 10:00 AM. Museum admissions will be $13 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+) /military with ID, and $7 for children (6-12). Kids under 6 and active duty military in uniform will be admitted free. Commemorative tickets are available at

Museum exhibits are under development. Aboard will be 4 aircraft -- the Corsair A-7B, Phantom F-4S, Intruder A-6E, and Hawkeye E-2C. Visitors will be able to tour the Island Superstructure, Flight Deck, Hangar Deck and portions of the Second Deck.

More adventurous patrons can also purchase tickets to ride our motion simulator and be a part of an air mission. Still looking for a bigger thrill? Then our virtual reality experience may be just the thing to get your heart pounding. Be a part of the action, jump into a cockpit, and fly your own jet into the action. And of course you'll be able to take home a piece of it all from the Museum store called The Jet Shop. Light refreshments will be available in the Fantail Cafe.

Membership is now available. To request a brochure, email

Thank you for your continued support of the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum. We look forward to welcoming you aboard this summer.

Riley D. Mixson
RADM, USN (Ret.)
Executive Director

PS: Volunteers are needed Friday, April 16th to assist with cleaning the hangar bay and mess decks. Please reply to if you can help Friday, April 16th or Friday, April 23rd between 9 AM & 3 PM.

Mailing Address: 1355 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone 619-702-7700 Fax: 619-234-3497
Email: Web site:



Date : Saturday, March 20, 2004 5:55 PM

From : Riley Mixson <>

Subject : Midway Project Moves Forward Thanks to Volunteer Efforts

Midway Project Moves Forward Thanks to Volunteer Efforts

Thanks to the hard work of many volunteers the Midway project continues to move forward. Our docent training program has begun and volunteer work crews are onboard preparing exhibit spaces. Office volunteers are now working Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

We've come far, but we still need your help. If you live in the San Diego area and would like to volunteer, please email us at

Midway's audio tour is currently being planned. Do you know any carrier aviation heroes? Are you one? Please reply to with your story and our editorial panel will review the content of your story for applicability. Please include your name, address, and phone number.

Commemorative tickets are selling fast. Make your plans to be a part of Midway's inaugural season. Tickets can be purchased online at or by mailing your check for $50 to the address below. To plan your visit to San Diego, visit

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks on our museum membership program!


Riley D. Mixson
Executive Director
1355 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101


Date : Friday, March 5, 2004 1:42 AM

From : Riley Mixson <>

Subject : Midway Welcomes New Docents

After a bit of rainy weather, Midway's crew is back at work restoring the flight deck and staging exhibits for the Museum's opening in June 2004. For example, the flight deck will include exhibits focusing on the steam catapult, the mission preparation area, landing signal officers. Our Board of Directors is busy contacting local companies seeking underwriters for these and a variety of other exhibits. If your company is interested in sponsoring an exhibit onboard, please reply and I will send you a packet of exhibit sponsorship information.

Our volunteer docent program is expanding by the day. Our first class of docent tour guides is studying the ship's layout and her history. Classes are scheduled over the next few months. Docent training involves over 20 hours of classroom instruction on the ship and the museum. If you are interested in participating, please email our Director of Volunteers, Lynda Newton, at

Intruder, Phantom, Hawkeye, Corsair, Tomcat, and more... Midway's collection of aircraft continues to grow. Our team of volunteers at our aircraft restoration hangar is hard at work on an E-2C Hawkeye cockpit for our educational program, an SNJ, and our second F-4S Phantom. We currently await the delivery of a C-1A Trader and other historic aircraft. Have you flown one of these war birds? If so, our historian and exhibits director, Karl Zingheim, would love to hear your firsthand stories of adventure and peril. Email Karl at with a brief description of your story and the above listed aircraft that you flew.

As always, I am ever grateful to all the people who have had a hand in our ever-growing success. It is truly what Midway Magic is all about. We look forward to welcoming you aboard in June 2004.


Riley D. Mixson
RADM, USN (Ret.)

Executive Director



Date : Tuesday, February 24, 2004 10:43 PM

From : Riley Mixson <>

Subject : The Phantom is Coming to Midway

Is Midway haunted? No, it's just our newly restored F-4S Phantom! One of the most versatile aircraft in the history of the Navy, the Phantom will be the fourth restored aircraft on board Midway and will join the flight deck ballet at the trap.

Volunteers have begun restoration of the ship's mess decks and island superstructure. If you are available to volunteer, please contact Lynda Newton at for more information.

Our Board of Directors is planning a limited number of opening celebrations on board Midway. If you have not already joined our Circle of Friends and are interested in being a part of grand-opening events, please visit our Circle of Friends web site at for additional information on the benefits of joining our Circle of Friends (including invitations to an opening celebration). Your donation will go towards the restoration of the vessel. Membership programs will be available on our web site later this spring.

We appreciate the time and effort each of our board members and volunteers have devoted to developing what will become the American flagship of floating naval aviation museums. We look forward to welcoming the public aboard Midway in June 2004.

Riley D. Mixson
RADM, USN (Ret.)



Date : Thursday, February 12, 2004 10:44 PM

From : Riley Mixson <>

Subject : Midway Volunteers Needed

We are making progress!

A team of plumbers and electricians are hard at work installing plumbing for restrooms and improving electrical infrastructure. We hope to bring a group of volunteers aboard in late February to assist with general cleaning. So save up those rags and dig out those pails and buckets.

We are heartened by the broad support of our efforts. Our new Director of Volunteers, Lynda Newton, is sifting through the hundreds of volunteer applications from our enthusiastic group of supporters. For a list of our immediate volunteer needs visit the web site at

Another way you can assist is by helping us spread the word regarding the sale of our Commemorative Tickets. ( Flyers are available, contact Theresa Randall at if you would like to distribute ticket information at your place of business.

Reservations for special event space is still our #1 request. To learn more about our special events rental fees and policies, please email our Director of Special Events, Patricia Payne at She can also check availability for dates after June 7, 2004.

One final note, Team Midway will begin recruiting staff in May 2004. Positions will be posted this spring. For consideration, please mail your resume to:

San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum
1355 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Attn.: Human Resources



Date : Friday, January 30, 2004

From : Riley Mixson <>

Subject : Midway Magic Update

Work is underway onboard Midway! Plumbers and electricians are working to build civilian-style restrooms and install necessary utilities for the museum's offices. Thanks go out to all of our contributors. Donations from $25 to $25,000 have been critical to our ability to make the first phase of necessary capital improvements before we outfit Midway as a naval aviation museum.

Exhibit planners have surveyed Midway and are determining appropriate areas for exhibits and aircraft displays. Midway's outfitting will evolve over the coming years, giving you a chance to watch and even participate in Midway's transformation into the flagship of naval aviation museums.

If you would like to be a part of Midway's inaugural season you may purchase Commemorative Tickets online. For $50 you will receive a limited-edition booklet on Midway's history, a commemorative ticket suitable for framing, and a single-visit pass good for up to 4 family members.

If you want to bring a few more friends, you can book a special event on board Midway. Send details on your event (for 50 or more) to

Thanks for your continued support. We look forward to welcoming you aboard.



Date : Monday, January 12, 2004


From : Riley Mixson <>

Subject : Midway Berthed at Navy Pier

Midway is Home!!!!

Midway arrived at her new berth along historic Navy Pier on North Harbor Drive at 11:35 AM, Saturday, Jan 10, 2004. Thousands watched as tugs pushed the historic carrier into her mooring platforms. Now the next phase begins as engineers and contractors work to install fire suppression systems and safety railings so that Midway can open as a museum in late spring.

We will welcome our Circle of Friends members and major donors aboard in the spring for guided behind the scenes tours of the museum in the making. Guided tours will include a visit to the hangar bays and flight deck along with a hike up through the island superstructure and a very special preview of our exhibits under construction.

If you are not already a member of our Circle of Friends, visit our web site at and click on "how can you help" to join. If you are interested in visiting the museum once it opens, purchase one of our commemorative ticket packages, to be delivered after January 15, 2004 available online at

Our staff of five will be growing soon. If you are interested in museum employment, please mail your resume to the address below. Positions to be filled this spring include: Curator, Exhibits Director, Education Director, Volunteer Coordinator, and Executive Assistant. Hourly positions for admissions, bookkeeping, exhibit development, and general maintenance will be opening in May.

We appreciate the support of all our donors and volunteers over the past twelve years. We look forward to building the American flagship of carrier aviation museums in the coming years.

San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum
1355 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101


Date : Monday, January 05, 2004


From : Riley Mixson <>

Subject : USS Midway Arrival Information


Watched by thousands across the county, live & via satellite, Midway arrived in San Diego Bay this afternoon. With the backdrop of a picture perfect sunset over NAS North Island, San Diegans looked on as an important piece of naval history entered their great harbor to take her place.

Midway will on-load aircraft and equipment, then prepare for her final journey across the Big Bay on Saturday, January 10th. For additional information on the event visit




Excerpt from


Midway Crosses the Big Bay


Location: Embarcadero
Date/Time: 1/10/2004 11 a.m. Ė 3 p.m

Event Details
Watch as the historic Midway aircraft carrier makes it momentous final voyage to its docking berth at Navy Pier. The Port of San Diego is proud to sponsor a welcoming event that will include music, kids activities, nautical exhibits and food booths. At approximately 1 p.m. there will be an official plaque exchange ceremony. This event is free, for more information, call 619.702.7700 or visit


Date : Monday, January 05, 2004




Midway Less than 100 Miles from San Diego

The captain of the tug towing Midway to San Diego estimates a 3 p.m. ETA (possibly an hour earlier) at the San Diego Buoy on Monday, January 5. Engine problems on the tug prompted the delay. We are working with harbor officials to reschedule Midway's transit through San Diego Bay.

Call the Midway Arrival Hotline for recorded updates: (619) 234-3497


Date : Wednesday, December 31, 2003

From : USS Midway <>

Subject : Midway Departs Oakland

The Midway vision is becoming a reality ... amongst much media "buzz," Midway passed under the Golden Gate bridge this afternoon on its way to her future home port in San Diego. The historic carrier is expected to pass Point Loma and turn into San Diego Bay on Monday, January 5, 2004, at about 8:30 AM (weather permitting). For regular updates on the tow call our arrival hotline at 619-234-3496.

Festivities are planned for Midway's arrival at Navy Pier on January 10, 2004, from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. The public is welcome to join the celebration on Navy Pier near the foot of Broadway in downtown San Diego. For additional information visit

We look forward to welcoming you all aboard in late Spring 2004,

San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum
1355 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101



Date : Wednesday, December 31, 2003




Midway left Oakland on Dec. 31 at 12 noon! Tentative plans call for Midway arriving at Ballast Point off San Diego on Monday, January 5 at about 8:00 a.m. and arriving at NAS North Island at 9:30 a.m.

Call the Midway Arrival Hotline for recorded updates: (619) 234-3497


Date: Monday, December 29, 2003


From : Riley Mixson <>

Subject : USS Midway Arrival Information

Midway remains berthed in Oakland, California--but hopefully only for a day or two longer. Severe weather in parts of Northern California has closed parts of I-5 and brought heavy rain fall to the Bay Area, thereby delaying our departure. Hopes are to get Midway underway on Wednesday for an arrival at NAS North Island either this weekend or on Monday. Keep a bookmark on our website and check back for regular updates on Midway's voyage home. We'll announce a more specific arrival date as soon as we get the word.

During her brief stay at North Island we'll load aboard our A-7B, A-6E, and E-2C. She'll also be ballasted for berthing at Navy Pier.

A welcoming festival on Navy Pier is scheduled for January 10, 2004, from 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM. The pier side event will include displays, music, food & fun for all ages. We invite everyone to come out and enjoy the arrival of Midway. (For more information on San Diego's Embarcadero: )

We thank you for your ongoing support of our effort to bring Midway home to San Diego and look forward to welcoming you aboard in the months ahead.

Happy New Year!

Riley Mixson
San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum
1355 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 702-7700



Date : Monday, December 29, 2003




A major storm has delayed Midway's departure from Oakland. Latest information indicates a Wednesday, Dec. 31 departure. We will be working on the specifics of Midway's anticipated arrival in San Diego, probably Sunday or Monday. We expect to have more information about arrival in the next couple of days and will post it at:



Date : Wednesday, December 10, 2003

From : "Riley Mixson" <>

Subject : Plans for Midway Arrival in San Diego

After 11 years of yeoman effort, we are in the final stages of bringing Midway to downtown San Diego. We appreciate the help of our volunteers and all of our donors. If you are interested in volunteering, please join us December 13, 2003, at the Holiday Inn on the Bay, Porthole Room, at 9:00 AM or 10:15 AM for an orientation and additional information.

Midway is completing her "port call" for exterior painting in Oakland and will be departing for San Diego the last week of December. Once plans have been finalized we will update you via email. And you can follow our progress on our Web site at

We've taken our first senior staffing step. Mac McLaughlin has been hired as Chief Operating Officer. A retired admiral with extraordinary administrative and management skills, Mac will oversee the outfitting of Midway into what will become the flagship of naval aviation museums!

Meanwhile, resumes are being accepted in advance of staff hiring later in the spring. Send resumes to: Theresa Randall, SDACM, 1355 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.



Date : Monday, 24 Nov 2003


From : "Riley Mixson" <>

Subject : USS Midway Project Update

We are closer than ever to bringing Midway to San Diego. Our mooring platforms are complete at historic Navy Pier in downtown San Diego. Meanwhile the exterior painting of Midway continues in Oakland, CA. Other crews are cleaning spaces and completing necessary safety and sanitation work before Midway departs Oakland.

We working on a number of community events celebrating Midway's arrival and opening in 2004. Once dates are a bit more certain, you will receive detailed information on the events via e-mail with a website address to confirm final details. Some aspects will remain tentative as variables such as weather could affect our timetable.

Volunteers are needed for ship restoration and exhibit construction. Work will begin sometime in January. If you have already submitted an application, thank you. If not, please reply to this email and request a volunteer application.

The San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum is a registered 501(c)3 charity. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. You can donate online at

More information about Midway is available at



Date: Thursday, 06 Nov 2003


From: "Riley Mixson" <>

Subject: USS Midway in Restoration at Oakland

Project Update
After a dozen years of being mothballed in Bremerton, WA, USS Midway has been "reactivated" and is being restored as a museum, tribute, education center and visitor destination. She's arrived in Oakland, CA where she is being cleaned, painted and restored in preparation for her next tour of duty in San Diego, CA.

Artifacts Being Sought
Our thanks go out to the many Midway crew members who have donated their mementos from their time aboard Midway. Our Curator is also seeking items for our exhibit on Naval Aviation Elite -- this includes memorabilia from Top Gun, Blue Angels and NASA programs. If you have artifacts you would like to donate, please email with point of contact information and a general description of the items.

Special Events Being Planned Aboard
Midway's excellent location near downtown hotels and the San Diego Convention Center will make it an excellent special event venue. Details on venue rental fees and preferred caterers are being finalized. If your group is interested in booking an event onboard Midway, please email with the point of contact information, date, type of event, and number of attendees. We can then get back in touch when group event rates, policies and procedures are finalized.

Donations can be made online at



Monday, November 03, 2003






USS Midway will NOT be open for tours!


Midway unfortunately will not be open to the public during its two-month stay in Oakland while it is painted. We've learned the insurance alone would cost more than $1,000 daily for even limited public access. Midway remains on track for a December arrival in San Diego and a grand opening in late spring, 2004.



Friday, October 31, 2003




USS Midway now open Sundays in Oakland !!!!


Midway is open to the public on Sundays for the month of November! The flight deck and hanger deck will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no admission charge and a $5 donation is suggested. Midway is located at the Charles P. Howard Terminal.



Date : Fri, 10 Oct 2003 13:39:29 -0700

From : "John Hawkins" <>

Subject : Midway Restoration Underway


USS Midway Leaving Bremerton



You are looking at the USS Midway as she began her historic journey back to San Diego, For 10 years we we have been waiting to tell you the news, USS Midway has weighed anchor in Bremerton, Washington and begun the journey to her old home in San Diego!!!! Don't you love it!


She will stopover briefly in Oakland for a fresh coat of paint and some restoration work - then it's straight to San Diego ~ planned arrival is December. WOW!


We estimate that each mile will cost about $1,500 to begin restoration and bring Midway home. Now, more than ever, we need your help to make this final voyage and mission successful. If you have already joined the effort, thank you! The picture that you are looking at is proof that your donation is going towards the restoration of our beautiful ship. In addition, aircraft and other refurbishments are also underway on our Midway project. If you have yet to be a part of the Magic, I invite you to come onboard today.


You can underwrite an entire mile for her journey or pieces of it:
A full mile of the journey $1500
A Landmark Coordinate along the way $ 150
A Maritime Coordinate $ 100

For your help in Bringing Midway Home, we will send you a special t-shirt and your name will be inscribed in a special Log on board Midway when she opens to the public in the Spring of next year.

To read more about our plans to bring Midway to San Diego and how you can play an important role in making it happen, visit and be a part of this historic journey.

Thank you,
John Hawkins, Chair
Bring Midway Home



Wednesday, October 08, 2003


From :


USS Midway Arrives in Oakland !!!!


Midway is now at the Charles P. Howard Terminal until early December. She'll be painted down to the waterline. Plans call for towing Midway to San Diego around mid-December. We hope to allow limited public access to Midway in Oakland (probably on weekends) before she leaves the Bay Area. We'll announce the details right here as soon as we have them!



Release Date: 9/12/2003 4:00:00 PM

Story Number: NNS030911-17

Navy Newsstand

Navy Signs Over Historic Pier, Paves the Road for Midway Museum

By Journalist 2nd Class David Van Scoy, Navy Region Southwest Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- In a historic ceremony Sept. 8, Rear Adm. Jose Betancourt, commander, Navy Region Southwest, signed an agreement conveying the more than 60-year-old Navy Pier 11A here to the Port of San Diego.

The deal brings a sigh of relief to the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum, which has been diligently trying for more than 11-years to procure the pier as the future home of USS Midway (CV 41). The 1,001-foot-long Midway is expected to arrive from Bremerton, Wash., later this year. The ship will be transformed into a public museum, and is expected to open some time in the spring.

"The pier has served the Navy for many, many years in tremendous ways," said Betancourt in his remarks. "But now [the pier] can be put to much better use, in what I think is a marvelous partnership between the Port of San Diego, the Navy and the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum."

The Navy hasnít operationally used the pier for some time, and it has become in need of repairs. Betancourt said that with the expenditure of port and state funds, the repair process could begin almost immediately in order to make it suitable for Midway.

Although the conveyance of the pier includes the building in which the Navyís Mussels Gym and Naval Reserves Readiness Command Southwest are housed, the two entities are to remain there for at least four years due to a no-cost lease between the port and Navy.

"This is a culmination of 11 years work," said retired Cmdr. John Leach of the museumís board of directors. "I think the public is really excited about it. Our active-duty Navy folks will be very, very proud of what is going to happen here."

Leach said Midway, named for the role-reversing World War II battle in which the outnumbered American Navy crushed the Imperial Japanese forces, isnít going to be just another tourist attraction.

"It [will serve as] a memorial to the fighting men and women of our country," said Leach. "It will also be a major education center, where we will have on-board classes, training and youth activities," Leach said.

Leach also said the museum, a non-profit organization, will play a role in funding the rebuilding and reinforcement of the pier in preparation for the shipís arrival.



Date : Fri, 12 Sep 2003

From : Theresa Randall <>

Subject : Restoration of MIDWAY Underway!

The Secretary of the Navy has formally awarded the ex-USS Midway to the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum! It marks the culmination of a decade-long campaign to bring the Midway to San Diego as a museum, tribute, education center and visitor attraction. It is also a reflection of the extraordinary community support of the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum.

The final donation papers were signed in late August and we've already begun initial painting as well as some interior safety and sanitation work on the Midway. We are working on alternate plans for bringing Midway to San Diego--hopefully later this year--and continue to plan for a grand opening in the first half of 2004!

In addition, the official transfer of Navy Pier 11A to the Port District also has been completed. SDACM has leased the south side of the pier for the Midway and we expect mooring platform construction to begin in the first two weeks of September.

Construction on mooring platforms at Navy Pier 11A has gotten underway. Other improvements on the pier will be made to accommodate the museum entrance, parking, special events access, and a Museum store. Restoration of the pier is planned to begin in October of 2003.
In addition, we are proceeding with the development of new wildlife habitat in the South Bay which is part of the overall plan.


The San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum is a registered nonprofit 501(c)3. To make a donation to the project send a check payable to SDACM to 1355 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. Or donate online at



Date : Sat, 30 Aug 2003

From : Riley Mixson <>

Subject : USS Midway Donation Approved

Just another great Navy Day. Late Thursday afternoon the Secretary of the Navy signed his approval to donate ex-USS Midway to the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum. Press release out of Washington, DC follows below.

--The Navy has turned Pier 11A over to the Port Commission.
--The proposed lease from the Port is in our hands and we are fine tuning it.
--The mooring platforms start construction Tuesday 2 September.
--Three aircraft have been completely restored to display status and two more are getting close with a third awaiting pickup at Davis Monthan AFB (yes it is a Navy aircraft).
--Your Executive Committee in coordination with Pete Clayton on scene in Bremerton is working all the issues of ship painting, towing, and arrival date .

While the exact date of the Midway arrival is not yet known, we expect early December just after mooring platform construction is completed.

WELL DONE to all of you and enjoy your weekend. Press release follows.

Riley Mixson, RADM, USN (Ret.)
Executive Director, San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum
1355 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 702-7700




United States Department of Defense


Donation Contract Signed Transferring Historic Aircraft Carrier

Today, Acting Secretary of the Navy Hansford T. Johnson signed the donation contract officially transferring the historic aircraft carrier Midway to the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum in San Diego. Before the ship opens to the public next year, SDACM plans to perform work necessary to transform the ship into a museum and memorial.

"Iím pleased to approve the transfer of the Midway , which is a significant step in the effort to bring this historic vessel to one of Americaís finest cities," said Johnson. "San Diego is a natural location for a naval museum, and the historic aircraft carrier Midway will make an outstanding centerpiece."

Built at Newport News, the USS Midway was commissioned on Sept. 10, 1945, and has the distinction of being the first fleet carrier to be named after a World War II battle. It is the third ship to bear the name "Midway."

During 47 years of service, the USS Midway operated high performance aircraft and received many awards for the actions of its crew, including the Presidential Unit Citation for outstanding service during the Vietnam War.

The Navy donates ships as a way of preserving naval history and tradition, educating the public and commemorating the men and women who built and sailed these vessels. There are currently 46 museum ships displayed in 21 states across the country.

Further questions can be referred to the Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs at (202) 781-2975.



Date : Mon, 14 Jul 2003

From : Riley Mixson <>

Subject : SECNAV Announces Midway Donation

Great News!

In case you haven't heard, on July 8, 2003, acting Secretary of the Navy Hansford T. Johnson announced his intent to award Midway to the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum. While a great deal of work remains, this is the capstone of an 11-year campaign to bring Midway to San Diego for its final tour of duty.

The announcement enables us to proceed on many fronts. The following is a brief overview of what lies off Midway's bow:

July: Continue working collaboratively with the Navy to complete necessary paperwork on Midway donation; complete contracts; and prepare Midway for departure from Bremerton.

August: Tow Midway to Astoria, Oregon for painting and internal safety and sanitation work. While in Astoria, we hope to be able to offer guided tours to visitors. Work with Navy and Port to complete transfer of Pier 11A. Build mooring platforms on south side of pier.

October: Late in the month, bring Midway to San Diego, hopefully in time for at least a portion of Fleet Week activities.

After a celebration for the long-awaited arrival, we will spend the next three months getting Midway prepared for the public - renovating areas open to visitors, installing exhibits, restoring and setting up aircraft and support gear, and much, much more. Also during this period, although we won't be open for major tours, we'll do some restricted fundraising events aboard ship.

Spring, 2004: Midway "deploys" as naval aviation museum, memorial, education center and visitor destination, via one of the most memorial grand opening "launches" ever seen in San Diego!

Clearly we have our work cut out for us. Fundraising is paramount so that we can outfit and market the museum leading up to grand opening. We're getting prepared to tow and paint Midway , build mooring platforms and other infrastructure, and exhibit planning is accelerating, all costly items.

The support of hundreds of community leaders and thousands of contributors has brought us this far. Now comes the final leg of Midway's 58-year odyssey, an unparalleled journey that began only a week after the end of WWII.

Thank you for your support as Midway prepares to head south toward San Diego Bay. And visit www.midway.orgregularly for updates.


Riley Mixson, RADM, USN (Ret.)
Executive Director, San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum
1355 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 702-7700



July 9, 2003


Carrier museum approved by Navy

Midway to be moored on San Diego bay front

By James W. Crawley and Jeanette Steele


For 11 years, Alan Uke has led a group of San Diegans who dreamed of mooring the retired aircraft carrier Midway on the downtown bay front and opening it as a museum. Yesterday, their effort got final approval from the Navy and, if the weather holds, the 978-foot long flattop could be docking at the Navy Pier in October or November. By spring, tourists should be walking its decks and examining vintage aircraft on display.


"We're all very, very happy," Uke said. "We've been working on this a long time."

Acting Navy Secretary Hansford Johnson announced the Navy would donate the Midway, commissioned in 1945, to the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum.

With the Midway's arrival, San Diego will join an exclusive club of cities with a carrier museum. Alameda, New York City, Charleston, S.C., and Corpus Christi, Texas, have retired carriers as tourist attractions.

"San Diego, with its maritime heritage, is a natural location for a naval museum and this historic aircraft carrier, Midway, with its long and distinguished service, is a natural centerpiece," said Capt. Kevin Wensing, Johnson's spokesman.

Johnson's approval was the last snip of red tape binding the carrier's move to San Diego.

Besides the Navy's approval, Congress had to pass a law transferring the Navy Pier to the museum, which in turn passed it to the San Diego Unified Port District.

The effort also had to garner California Coastal Commission permission, win support from downtown organizations and develop environmental and earthquake preparedness plans.

"The business of getting a ship donated is very complicated," said John DeBlanc, who heads the museum group's government relations committee.

Making sure the carrier museum is financially stable was a major requirement from the Navy, said Uke, the carrier museum's founder and president.

The group has raised nearly $8 million in cash, pledges and loans for the museum's startup.

About $1.5 million was spent to develop the carrier proposal and to conduct engineering, environmental and marketing studies, Uke said. The Navy required several hundred pages of information before approving the donation.

The rest of the money will be used to tow the hulk from its Washington state resting place to Astoria, Ore., where it will be painted and electrical, sanitation and safety equipment installed.

Meanwhile, workers here will be installing a mooring system that can hold the ship in an earthquake and preparing Navy Pier for the carrier.

Museum officials hope the Midway can arrive in time for the annual Fleet Week festivities in October. But repairs and storms in the Northern Pacific could delay the ship's tow to San Diego until November or December.

The ship should be ready for visitors in early spring with flight and hangar decks, bridge and some compartments open to the public, along with at least two fully restored vintage Navy aircraft. The museum has 18 aircraft in various states of restoration.

An estimated 440,000 people will visit the Midway during the first year, museum spokesman Scott McGaugh said.

Besides attracting tourists, the ship will educate schoolchildren and adults about the Navy's history and life aboard a warship, Uke said.

The group isn't finished raising funds.

Money is needed for more exhibits and further improvements on the carrier, Uke said. Corporate and individual sponsorships will be sought.

One group has voiced concern about the Midway's arrival here.

"I think it will be an environmental and visual blight on the San Diego bay front," Environmental Health Coalition spokeswoman Laura Hunter said.

The group, which protested the project to the Coastal Commission, worries the ship's large gray hull and superstructure will block shoreline views along the North Embarcadero. They also are concerned that Uke's group won't be able to keep the museum properly funded and that the ship might increase pollution, Hunter said.

Uke disagreed, saying the ship doesn't harm bay-front vistas or the environment and the attraction should be financially successful because of its location Ė close to downtown convention hotels, the cruise ship terminal, Seaport Village, the San Diego Maritime Museum and other tourist magnets.

The Midway will become the 47th Navy-donated museum ship, joining a flotilla of retired carriers, battleships, cruisers, destroyers and submarines, mostly from World War II.

Before the ship is released, the two sides must draw up a formal donation contract and negotiate an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency about continued handling of contaminants that may be present on the ship, said Capt. Lawrence Jones, manager of the Navy inactive ships program.

Jones said he couldn't estimate when the transfer would be made. Uke expected the contract could be signed within a month.

The Midway, named after the 1942 battle of Midway, which was the turning point in the Pacific Theater, was commissioned Sept. 10, 1945, eight days after the Japanese formally surrendered, ending World War II.

It was retired here in 1992 and towed to Bremerton, Wash., where the ship remains.

The carrier, which was modernized several times during its career, participated in the Vietnam War and Desert Storm and was based in Norfolk, Va., Alameda and Japan during its service.

The carrier was never based here during its 46-year career except for its final months when the ship was being stripped of equipment before decommissioning.

"I think years from now, people will be thinking (the Midway) was always here," Uke said.

James W. Crawley:
(619) 542-4559;

Midway in San Diego - 1991

Union-Tribune file

The USS Midway, above, arrives in San Diego Harbor on

Sept. 14, 1991. For 11 years, Alan Uke has led a group of

San Diegans who dreamed of mooring the retired aircraft

carrier Midway on the downtown bay front and opening it

as a museum.



Date : Tue, 01 Jul 2003

From : John Hawkins <>

Subject : Midway Magic Progress Report

We continue to work with the Navy and the Port of San Diego to finalize official donation of Midway and use of Navy Pier. Following that, we begin ship restoration in Astoria, Oregon before bringing Midway to San Diego late this year. If this challenging schedule can be met, we will hold our grand opening in Spring 2004. Click here to view the location

We have a wonderful vision for Midway as a museum and educational center. Exhibits will showcase carrier operations, the days of fighting sail, San Diego's Naval heritage and the best of the best in Naval Aviation -- NASA, Top Gun and the Blue Angels. Our five restored aircraft will be placed along with yellow gear and colored shirts to tell the story how an aircraft carrier works.

After final donation from the Navy, we will kick off a major fundraising program to cover everything from curriculum development for youth programs to building the first phase of exhibits which will be located on the hangar deck, flight deck and within the island superstructure. Guided tours will be available to living spaces elsewhere in the ship as those areas are fitted out with life safety equipment.

We have already raised over $6 million to cover the initial steps of painting and refurbishing Midway . To view the list of companies and individuals who have contributed to our efforts thus far go to

For additional information on the project or to inquire about business opportunities contact our Director of Business Development, Theresa Randall, at or send your information to her attention to: 1355 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

We look forward to welcoming you aboard in Spring 2004.

John Hawkins
Chairman, Fund Development



Date : Wed, 8 Jan 2003

From : Scott McGaugh <>

Subject : USS Midway History Book in Works

For 7 years I've volunteered my time to help bring the ex-USS Midway to San Diego as a permanent museum/education center (

I'm also writing the first-ever book on its 47-year history, called Midway Magic. I'm working on the 1980s' chapter and saved an email or Internet posting from you indicating you were aboard.

I'd really appreciate any thoughts, stories, anecdotes, etc. on any of these sub-topics of the chapter:

~ F-14s landing from "E" in 1982
~ Captains McGrail & Mixson, why so popular/respected?
~ Green Flash?
~ 111 days at sea in '84
~ The blister experiment
~ Midway rolls, storms and instability
~ Losing a crew of 4 from VAQ-136 in '87/LCDR Dan Shanower
~ James Wilmoth/Russell Brown in '89
~ Stories about Russian contacts


Please include your phone number in case I need to follow up. Thanks for contributing to the preservation of Midway Magic. And feel free to pass this email along to any of your Midway buddies.

Scott McGaugh
USS Midway Museum
4064 Tambor Road, San Diego, CA 92124


Book Website: Midway Magic, CV-41