January ~ December 2003 Updates

 

 

December 31, 2003

 

Museum News pages in the USS Midway section - added information about Midway finally departing from Oakland.

 

Oakland gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 16 new photos from the Howard Terminal web cam as Midway is towed away from the pier, finally on her way to San Diego.

 


 

December 30, 2003

 

Museum News pages in the USS Midway section - added information from the museum on the reasons for Midway's delayed departure from Oakland and events info for January 10th.

 

Flight Ops gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo.

 

Dave Starr Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo.

 


 

December 29, 2003

 

Oakland gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added information from Dave Starr and the museum on the reasons for Midway's delayed departure from Oakland.

 

Museum News pages in the USS Midway section - added information from Dave Starr and the museum on the reasons for Midway's delayed departure from Oakland. Also added an article from the San Francisco Chronicle.

 

Dave Starr Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo.

 


 

December 28, 2003

 

Eddie Miller Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - a collection of 114 photos from 1987 ~ 1989, taken and submitted by Eddie Miller. Also included are 34 additional photos of USS Ranger, NAS Kingsville & air show war birds.

 

San Diego 2004 gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - started  this gallery with one new photo of Midway's future home at Navy Pier, as seen through San Diego's One America Plaza New South web cam.

 

1950's gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo.

 

Oakland gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 37 new photos from the Howard Terminal web cam as Midway is towed away from the pier, turned around and put back. I have no idea as to why she didn't leave for San Diego yet. I'm still waiting to hear from Dave Starr on that issue.

 

Museum News pages in the USS Midway section - added another announcement about Midway's postponed departure from Oakland and schedules for her arrival in San Diego. Also added an article from the LA Times.

 


 

December 26, 2003

 

Oakland gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added nine new photos.

 


 

December 25, 2003

 

Ship's History page in the USS Midway section - added more information about a collision with a Korean fishing boat on March 23, 1986, courtesy of Gary Schreffler.

 

Memorabilia page in the USS Midway section - added one new item.

 

1940's gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added eleven new photos.

 

1950's gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo.

 

1980's gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo.

 

Bremerton gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added eight new photos.

 

Memorabilia page in the VAQ-136 section - added one new item.

 

USS Independence/USN Photos in the Squadron Photo Galleries of the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 

USS Kitty Hawk/USN Photos in the Squadron Photo Galleries of the VAQ-136 section - added five new photos.

 

My Photos gallery in the Squadron Photo Galleries of the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 


 

December 22, 2003

 

Dave Starr Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added seven new photos.

 

VAQ-136 Spaces aboard USS Midway gallery in the VAQ-136 Squadron Photo Galleries section - added seven new photos.

 


 

December 21, 2003

 

Dave Starr Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added six new photos.

 


 

December 18, 2003

 

Oakland gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added five new photos.

 

Memorabilia page in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added a September 10, 1945 Commissioning Program I acquired through eBay.

 

Museum News pages in the USS Midway section - added announcements and schedules for Midway's departure from Oakland and arrival in San Diego.

 


 

December 17, 2003

 

Discover Aviation Days Air Show gallery in the Photo Galleries section - 190 photos from this May 2003 air show in Blaine, MN.

 

AMJET Aircraft Corporation Hangar gallery in the Photo Galleries section - 49 photos of aircraft in this Blaine, MN hangar.

 

VAQ-136 Spaces aboard USS Midway gallery in the VAQ-136 Squadron Photo Galleries section - 19 then and now photos of the squadron ready room aboard USS Midway.

 

Charles Paige Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - a collection of 29 photos from the early 1970's & the 1992 final decommissioning ceremony, used with permission from Charles Paige & from his A Petty Officer and a Swabbie website.

 

Specifications page in the USS Midway section - added one new scan of Midway's commissioning plaque.

 

Patch Collection in the USS Midway section - added one new patch.

 

Launching & Commissioning gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo.

 

1940's gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo.

 

1950's gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added three new photos.

 

1960's gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo.

 

1970's gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo.

 

1990's gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added three new photos.

 

Aircraft Flyovers gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added two new photos.

 

Port Visits gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo.

 

Desert Shield & Desert Storm gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added three new photos.

 

Operation Fiery Vigil gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo.

 

1991 San Diego gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo.

 

Dave Starr Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 26 new photos, including some artwork I did on a door during the Gulf War.

 

USS Coral Sea gallery in the Aircraft Carriers section of the Photo Galleries - added a July 1952 article from Fortune magazine.

 

USS Independence gallery in the Aircraft Carriers section of the Photo Galleries - added one new photo & a Japanese phone card.

 

Personal Note: I have just moved this site from it's original hosting service to another when I discovered I could get five times more server space at a quarter of the price I was paying. I couldn't resist jumping on the chance to save over $200 a year. I can now have more content and even provide larger images in the photo galleries. With so much more space, I have also taken my other site, VAQ136.com and brought it back to MidwaySailor.com.

 


 

December 05, 2003

 

Patch Collection in the USS Midway section - added one new patch for USS Coral Sea.

 


 

December 04, 2003

 

Dave Starr Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added seven new photos, including some artwork I did on a door during the Gulf War.

 


 

December 03, 2003

 

Flight Ops gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added three new photos.

 


 

December 02, 2003

 

Patch Collection in the USS Midway section - added one new patch from the 1987 ~ 1988 cruise.

 

1950's gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added seven new photos.

 

1960's gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added seven new photos.

 

1970's gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added three new photos.

 

Underway gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added two new photos.

 

Flight Ops gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added two new photos.

 

Port Visits gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo.

 

1992 Decommissioning gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added seven new photos, used with permission from Charles Paige & from his A Petty Officer and a Swabbie website.

 

Dave Starr Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added four new photos, taken and submitted by Dave.

 


 

November 30, 2003

 

Bud "Thunder" Taylor Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - A collection of 64 photos by a VF-161 pilot flying Vietnam combat missions from the Midway in 1972, then later becoming the commanding officer of VF-151.

 


 

November 29, 2003

 

Underway gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - 46 photos, 34 of which are new.

 

Battle Groups gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - 61 photos, 60 of which are new.

 

Port Visits gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - 34 photos, 25 of which are new.

 


 

November 28, 2003

 

USS Coral Sea gallery in the Aircraft Carriers section of the Photo Galleries - two patches and one photo.

 

Patch Collection in the USS Midway section - added two new patches, one each for USS Franklin D. Roosevelt and USS Coral Sea.

 


 

November 27, 2003

 

Rockin' & Rollin' gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - 30 photos, 28 of which are new.

 

Awards page in the About Me section - Received The Big E website award from Jake's Yankee Station, the USS Hancock, CV/CVA-19 Memorial website.

 


 

November 26, 2003

 

Unrep & Vertrep gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - 50 photos, 20 of which are new.

 


 

November 25, 2003

 

Desert Shield & Desert Storm gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - 39 photos, 33 of which are new.

 


 

November 24, 2003

 

Memorabilia page in the USS Midway section - added a Philippine-made USS Midway belt buckle.

 

Philippines gallery in the Photo Galleries section - added one new photo.

 


 

November 22, 2003

 

JASDF Blue Impulse gallery in the Photo Galleries section.

 

Mitsubishi F-1 & T-2 gallery in the Photo Galleries section.

 

RAF Red Arrows gallery in the Photo Galleries section.

 

USAF Thunderbirds gallery in the Photo Galleries section.

 


 

November 21, 2003

 

Flight Ops gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - 103 photos, 82 of which are new.

 

Oakland gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 41 new screenshots from the Howard Terminal web cam, showing Midway being turned around today.

 

Dave Starr Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 18 new photos of Midway being turned around today, taken and submitted by Dave.

 

Museum News page in the USS Midway section - added a progress update about the work being done in Oakland.

 


 

November 20, 2003

 

Wog Day gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - seven new photos showing Wog Day in the 1950's, which I was able to obtain through eBay.

 


 

November 18, 2003

 

Memorabilia page in the USS Midway section - added a 1979 Koku-Fan Magazine article about USS Midway.

 

Philippines gallery in the Photo Galleries section - added two new items.

 


 

November 17, 2003

 

Patch Collection in the USS Midway section - added two new patches.

 

VA-185 gallery in the Carrier Air Wing Five Gallery of the Photo Galleries section - added one new patch.

 

Philippines gallery in the Photo Galleries section - added one new patch.

 


 

November 16, 2003

 

Crystal Airport Open House & Fly-In Photo Gallery in the Photo Galleries section - 91 photos I took on June 15, 2003.

 


 

November 15, 2003

 

Flight Deck Messages gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - five photos, three of which are new.

 

Aircraft Flyovers gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - 18 photos, 17 of which are new.

 

1940's gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo.

 

Dave Starr Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added eight new photos taken and submitted by Dave.

 

Index page of the Carrier Air Wing Five Gallery of the Photo Galleries section - added one new scan of a CVW-5 patch.

 


 

November 14, 2003

 

1980 Steel Beach Picnic Gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - 18 new photos.

 

Mail Call Gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - nine new photos.

 

Sayonara Japan Gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - 37 photos, 36 of which are new.

 

Pearl Harbor Gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - 12 photos, nine of which are new.

 

Index page of the Carrier Air Wing Five Gallery of the Photo Galleries section - added one new scan of a CVW-5 patch.

 

VRC-50 Gallery in the Carrier Air Wing Five Gallery of the Photo Galleries section - added one new patch.

 

NAF Atsugi Gallery in the Photo Galleries section - added one new photo.

 

USS Independence Gallery in the Aircraft Carriers Gallery of the Photo Galleries section - added one new patch and one new photo.

 

F-15 Eagle Gallery in the Photo Galleries section - added two new photos.

 

F-16 Falcon Gallery in the Photo Galleries section - added six new photos.

 


 

November 12, 2003

 

I am in the middle of revamping the Midway Photo Galleries and have changed the look to make navigating easier. Today I have added 43 new photos and four new galleries. These updates are:

 

Launching & Commissioning Gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - five photos.

 

Operation Frequent Wind Gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - four photos.

 

Operation Fiery Vigil Gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - nine photos, eight of which are new.

 

1991 Arrival in San Diego Gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - 15 photos, 14 of which are new.

 

Last Aircraft Launch & Recovery Gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - eight new photos.

 

1992 Decommissioning Gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - 12 new photos.

 

1980's Gallery Page 02 in the USS Midway section - added one new photo.

 


 

November 11, 2003

 

1940's Gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo.

 

Oakland Gallery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added five new screenshots from the Howard Terminal web cam.

 


 

November 09, 2003

 

Midway Photo Gallery: 1950's page in the USS Midway section - added two new photos, taken by W.T. Larkins and used with permission.

 

Battleships Gallery in the Photo Galleries section - added three new photos of USS Iowa, taken and submitted by W.T. Larkins.

 

Note:  I took down the Fun Stuff and Japan sections today. This decision was made due to a lack of viewer interest and to save some space on the server. I will create a new Japan Photo Gallery in the future and it will contain photos I took and postcards I collected during my nine years of living there.

 


 

November 08, 2003

 

Memorabilia page in the USS Midway section - added one new item.

 

Patch Collection in the USS Midway section - added two new patches.

 


 

November 07, 2003

 

Memorabilia page in the USS Midway section - added another scan of the cruisebook from the 47~48 Mediterranean cruise.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: 1950's page in the USS Midway section - added one new photo.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Oakland page in the USS Midway section - added four new screenshots from the Howard Terminal web cam.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Dave Starr Collection in the USS Midway section - added eight new photos taken and submitted by Dave.

 

VFA-151 Gallery in the Carrier Air Wing Five Gallery of the Photo Galleries section - added one new patch.

 


 

November 06, 2003

 

Museum News in the USS Midway section - added a progress report from the SDACM.

 

Memorabilia page in the USS Midway section - added an original 1943 Plank Owner's certificate, submitted by Herb Ruelke, Jr.

 

Patch Collection in the USS Midway section - added three new patches.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: 1960's page in the USS Midway section - added one new photo.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Oakland page in the USS Midway section - added six new screenshots from the Howard Terminal web cam.

 

NAF Atsugi Gallery in the Photo Galleries section - added two new patches.

 

NAF Misawa Gallery in the Photo Galleries section - added one new patch.

 

USS Independence Gallery in the Aircraft Carriers section of the Photo Galleries section - added two new patches.

 

Index page of the Carrier Air Wing Five Gallery of the Photo Galleries section - added one new scan of a CVW-5 Zippo.

 

VFA-192 Gallery in the Carrier Air Wing Five section of the Photo Galleries section - added one new patch.

 


 

November 03, 2003

 

Museum News in the USS Midway section - added an announcement from the SDACM about tours NOT being given aboard Midway while she is in Oakland. They changed their minds due to an insurance issue. Sorry guys!

 

Midway Photo Gallery: 1940's page in the USS Midway section - added one new photo.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Miscellaneous page in the USS Midway section - added one new photo.

 

VFA-192 Gallery in the Carrier Air Wing Five Gallery of the Photo Galleries section - added one new scan of a squadron patch.

 

VFA-195 Gallery in the Carrier Air Wing Five Gallery of the Photo Galleries section - added one new scan of a squadron patch.

 


 

November 02, 2003

 

My Patch Collection page in the Military section - scans of all the patches I've collected throughout the years.

 

Patch Collection in the USS Midway section - changed the gallery format to allow easier viewing.

 


 

November 01, 2003

 

My Photos page in the About Me section - added five new photos.

 

Ship's History page in the USS Midway section - added information about pre-service F4H-1 Phantom II & A3J-1 Vigilante carrier qualifications in 1960, submitted by Craig Warren.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Oakland page in the USS Midway section - added five new screenshots from the Howard Terminal web cam.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Dave Starr Collection in the USS Midway section - added six new photos taken and submitted by Dave.

 


 

October 31, 2003

 

Museum News in the USS Midway section - added an announcement from the SDACM about tours aboard Midway while she is in Oakland.

 

Patch Collection Page 01 in the USS Midway section - added one scan of a new patch.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: 1960's page in the USS Midway section - added six new photos, taken and submitted by Howard Freeman.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Dave Starr Collection in the USS Midway section - added 16 new photos taken and submitted by Dave.

 

Index page of the Carrier Air Wing Five Gallery of the Photo Galleries section - added two new scans of the CVW-5 patch.

 


 

October 30, 2003

 

American Wings Air Museum Photo Gallery in the Photo Galleries section - 144 photos I took on May 17, 2003.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: 1960's page in the USS Midway section - added four new photos, taken and submitted by Howard Freeman.

 

VFA-151 Gallery in the Carrier Air Wing Five Gallery of the Photo Galleries section - added one new scan of a squadron patch.

 


 

October 29, 2003

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Bremerton page in the USS Midway section - added one new photo of Midway leaving Bremerton, submitted by Hank Vyrostek.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Oakland page in the USS Midway section - added five new screenshots from the Howard Terminal web cam.

 


 

October 28, 2003

 

OH-6 Cayuse Photo Gallery in the Photo Galleries section.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Oakland page in the USS Midway section - added seven new screenshots from the Howard Terminal web cam.

 


 

October 26, 2003

 

My Photos page in the About Me section - added six new photos.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Dave Starr Collection in the USS Midway section - added eight new photos taken and submitted by Dave.

 

Carrier Air Wing Five: VA-115 page in the Photo Galleries section - added one new photo.

 

London page in the Photo Galleries section - added six new photos.

 

NAF Atsugi page in the Photo Galleries section - added four new photos and two stickers.

 

Philippines page in the Photo Galleries section - added one new photo.

 

Russian Aircraft & Ships page in the Photo Galleries section - added one new photo.

 

Our Photos page in the London Central H.S. section - added seven new photos.

 


 

October 25, 2003

 

Memorabilia page in the USS Midway section - added one new item.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: 1960's page in the USS Midway section - added 12 new photos, taken and submitted by Howard Freeman.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: 1980's Page 02 in the USS Midway section - added one new photo.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Dave Starr Collection in the USS Midway section - added 16 new photos taken and submitted by Dave.

 

Special Announcement!  ~ I have moved the VAQ-136 Gauntlets section to its own site. Please visit:

 

VAQ136.com

 


 

October 24, 2003

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Dave Starr Collection in the USS Midway section - added 16 new photos taken and submitted by Dave.

 


 

October 23, 2003

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Oakland page in the USS Midway section - added five new screenshots from the Howard Terminal web cam.

 


 

October 22, 2003

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Oakland page in the USS Midway section - added three new screenshots from the Howard Terminal web cam.

 


 

October 21, 2003

 

Midway Photo Gallery: 1960's page in the USS Midway section - added eight new photos, taken and submitted by Howard Freeman.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Oakland page in the USS Midway section - added five new screenshots from the Howard Terminal web cam.

 


 

October 20, 2003

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Oakland page in the USS Midway section - added five new screenshots from the Howard Terminal web cam.

 


 

October 19, 2003

 

Thailand Photo Gallery in the Photo Galleries section - 55 pictures I took during several visits to Pattaya, Thailand when I was attached to VAQ-136 aboard USS Midway.

 


 

October 18, 2003

 

Midway Photo Gallery: 1940's page in the USS Midway section - added one new photo.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Dave Starr Collection in the USS Midway section - added ten new photos Dave took on Friday and eight new photos Dave took today.

 


 

October 14, 2003

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Oakland page in the USS Midway section - added five new screenshots from the Howard Terminal web cam.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Dave Starr Collection in the USS Midway section - added 14 new photos taken and submitted by Dave Starr.

 

Cobras & Hueys Photo Gallery in the Photo Galleries section - added nine new photos of a Cobra nose section.

 


 

October 13, 2003

 

Received the Patriot Award from The Patriot Files, a website dedicated to the preservation of military history.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Oakland page in the USS Midway section - added twelve new screenshots from the Howard Terminal web cam.

 

On the Deck Prowlers in the Prowler Photo Galleries of the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 


 

October 12, 2003

 

Museum News in the USS Midway section - added an article from today's Oakland Tribune.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: The Dave Starr Collection in the USS Midway section. After splitting the Oakland Gallery page into two sections, I moved Dave Starr's pictures into the new gallery and added ten pictures Dave took today. The Howard Terminal web cam screenshots are still located on the Oakland Gallery page and I will continue to take screenshots as the work aboard Midway continues.

 


 

October 11, 2003

 

Museum News in the USS Midway section - added a press statement from the Port of Oakland about Midway. It was dated October 6th, but contains a lot of information on the restoration schedule and future plans.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: 1950's page in the USS Midway section - added two new photos.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: 1970's page in the USS Midway section - added two new photos.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Oakland page in the USS Midway section - added two new photos taken and submitted by Dave Starr.

 


 

October 10, 2003

 

Museum News in the USS Midway section - added an email from the Bring Midway Home organization announcing restoration plans and asking for donations.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Oakland page in the USS Midway section - added five new photos taken and submitted by Dave Starr. Dave is member of the restoration team in Oakland.

 


 

October 09, 2003

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Oakland page in the USS Midway section - removed the Oakland pictures from the Bremerton Gallery and created a new Oakland Gallery. Added 20 new photos of Midway pier side in Oakland, as seen through the Howard Terminal web cam.

 


 

October 08, 2003

 

Midway's History page in the USS Midway section - added information about Midway's arrival in Oakland.

 

Museum News in the USS Midway section - added an announcement and a photo from the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum's website about Midway's arrival in Oakland, California.

 

Cruises & Squadrons: June 1991~Present in the USS Midway section - added information about Midway's arrival in Oakland.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: 1980's Page 02 in the USS Midway section - added two new photos of an F/A-18 Hornet losing it's sidewinder while recovering aboard Midway.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Bremerton page in the USS Midway section - added 10 new photos of Midway pier side in Oakland, as seen through the Howard Terminal web cam. Ok, I know she's not in Bremerton anymore, but this seemed like a good place to put these photos for now.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Miscellaneous page in the USS Midway section - added one new scan of a vintage Midway print submitted by Ron Langevin.

 


 

October 07, 2003

 

BREAKING NEWS!   ~ USS Midway arrives in Oakland, California!

 

Museum News in the USS Midway section - added an email from Mark Wahler announcing Midway's arrival in the Bay Area.

 


 

October 05, 2003

 

Midway Photo Gallery: 1970's page in the USS Midway section - added one new photo.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Bruce Lonardo Collection in the USS Midway section - added six more of Bruce's stories.

 

EA-6B Photo Gallery: In Flight Prowlers in the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 

EA-6B Photo Gallery: Prowler Detail Photos in the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 


 

October 04, 2003

 

Midway Photo Gallery: 1950's page in the USS Midway section - added two new photos.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: 1960's page in the USS Midway section - added one new photo of Midway in Subic Bay, used with the permission of Chuck White from his USS King (DLG-10/DDG-41) website. Also added seven new photos of Midway refueling USS Collett, DD-730, on Yankee Station, used with the permission of Lin Morgan from his USS Collett, DD-730 website.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: 1970's page in the USS Midway section - added four new photos.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: 1980's Page 02 in the USS Midway section - added six new photos.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Bremerton page in the USS Midway section - added one new photo collage of Midway in storage.

 

Squadron Patches in the VAQ-136 section - added one new item.

 


 

October 01, 2003

 

Midway's History page in the USS Midway section - added information about Midway's departure from Bremerton.

 

Museum News in the USS Midway section - added a new article about Midway's departure from Bremerton.

 

Cruises & Squadrons: June 1991~Present in the USS Midway section - added information about Midway's departure from Bremerton.

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Bremerton page in the USS Midway section - added five new photos of Midway departing Bremerton, four of which were submitted by Brian Goodwin.

 


 

September 30, 2003

 

BREAKING NEWS!   ~ USS Midway finally departs Bremerton, Washington!

 

Midway Photo Gallery: Bremerton page in the USS Midway section - added one new photo of USS Midway departing Bremerton Washington, submitted by Vince T.

 


 

September 28, 2003

 

Special Announcement!  ~ This site has now become:  MidwaySailor.com

 


 

September 27, 2003

 

Singapore Photo Gallery in the Photo Galleries section - 62 pictures I took during several visits to Singapore when I was attached to VAQ-136 aboard USS Midway.

 

Philippines Photo Gallery in the Photo Galleries section - added 19 new photos of Subic City.

 

AGM-88 HARM page in the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 


 

September 25, 2003
 

San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum News page in the USS Midway section - added a news article from the Navy Newsstand about the Navy signing over a pier to the Midway Museum.

 

Prowler Details in the Prowler Photo Galleries of the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 

On the Deck Prowlers in the Prowler Photo Galleries of the VAQ-136 section - added two new photos.

 

In Flight Prowlers in the Prowler Photo Galleries of the VAQ-136 section - added three new photos.

 


 

September 20, 2003
 

London Central High School page in the London Central section - split this into two pages: added three High Wycombe photos to the LCHS main page and created a new page for pictures of all of us. Added 42 new photos to this new page.

 


 

September 14, 2003
 

My Photos Gallery in the Fun Stuff section - A gallery of photos of my Navy days, visits to other countries, and more recent pictures from my new career as a civilian.

 

Simulating Shipboard Life in the Military section - A how-to guide on simulating life aboard ship in your own home.

 

U.S. Navy Rank Recognition in the Military section - A guide to ranks in the U.S. Navy and the capabilities of each.

 

San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum News page in the USS Midway section - added a new letter from the museum, dated September 12th, outlining the current status of the museum.

 

AGM-88 HARM page in the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 

In Flight Prowlers in the Prowler Photo Galleries of the VAQ-136 section - added two new photos.

 

I have been in contact with twelve Japanese photographers in regards to their pictures of VAQ-136 aircraft. They have consented to allowing the use of their pictures on this site. These 64 new pictures can be found in the following updates:

 

VAQ-136 USS Midway Photo Gallery in the VAQ-136 section - added 11 new photos.

 

VAQ-136 USS Independence Photo Gallery in the VAQ-136 section - added eight new photos.

 

VAQ-136 USS Kitty Hawk Photo Gallery in the VAQ-136 section - added 45 new photos.

 


 

September 08, 2003
 

Japanese Shrines page in the Japan section - Added six new photos.

 

In Flight Prowlers in the Prowler Photo Galleries of the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 


 

September 07, 2003
 

London Central High School page in the new London Central section - A joint effort by myself, Sherry Stockton, Beverly (Stockton) Wright, and Sam Armstrong. We were classmates at LCHS from 1985 ~ 1987 and have recently reestablished contact with each other. This page is for us to share pictures and memories with each other and other LCHS friends. It has a list of friends we are looking for, links to other LCHS websites, and a guest book for LCHS friends to sign.

 

London, England Photo Gallery in the Photo Galleries section - A compilation of pictures I took in 1987, while on a walking tour of London.

 

Early Prowlers in the Prowler Photo Galleries of the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 

Prowler Details in the Prowler Photo Galleries of the VAQ-136 section - added 36 new photos.

 

On the Deck Prowlers in the Prowler Photo Galleries of the VAQ-136 section - added five new photos.

 

In Flight Prowlers in the Prowler Photo Galleries of the VAQ-136 section - added six new photos.

 

Marine Prowlers in the Prowler Photo Galleries of the VAQ-136 section - added four new photos.

 


 

August 30, 2003
 

San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum News page in the USS Midway section - A new page with the latest information on Midway's move from Bremerton, Washington to San Diego, California to become the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum.

 

CH-47 Chinook Gallery in the Photo Galleries section - A compilation of my pictures of the CH-47 Chinook.

 

F-15 Eagle Gallery in the Photo Galleries section - A compilation of my pictures of the F-15 Eagle.

 

F-16 Fighting Falcon Gallery in the Photo Galleries section - A compilation of my pictures of the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

 

F-4 Phantom Gallery in the Photo Galleries section - A compilation of my pictures of the F-4 Phantom.

 

A-10 Thunderbolt Gallery in the Photo Galleries section - A compilation of my pictures of the A-10 Thunderbolt.

 

Links page in the USS Midway section - Added a link to Midway Magic, CV-41, Scott L. McGaugh's website featuring the book he is writing about the 47-year odyssey of the USS Midway and 200,000 Americans, dedicated to duty and courage in crisis, from World War II through Desert Storm.

 

On the Deck Prowlers in the Prowler Photo Galleries of the VAQ-136 section - added two new photos.

 

In Flight Prowlers in the Prowler Photo Galleries of the VAQ-136 section - added five new photos.

 

Marine Prowlers in the Prowler Photo Galleries of the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 


 

August 24, 2003
 

Japanese Shrines page in the Japan section - Added 30 new photos.

 

Sunset Gate page in the Japan section - Added four new photos.

 


 

August 21, 2003
 

Marine Prowlers in the Prowler Photo Galleries of the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 


 

August 19, 2003
 

Japanese Shrines page in the Japan section - Added 11 new photos.

 

Tokyo page in the Japan section - Added six new photos.

 

Yasukuni's Yushukan Museum page in the Photos section - Added four new photos.

 


 

August 17, 2003
 

CVW-5 section - Due to the high cost of storage space and a rather small viewer interest, I have removed the air wing history and the cruises and air-to-air victories listings. I have also drastically cut down the number of pictures in this section. I have removed all the pictures not taken by me and have left the ones I took from January 1989 through August 1991 while aboard USS Midway. I still have the history, cruises list and air-to-air victories on file and if anyone is interested, please contact me via email.

 


 

August 10, 2003
 

Bremerton Photo Gallery page in the USS Midway section - Added one new photo.

 

Memorabilia page in the USS Midway section - Split into two pages due to increased size and volume.

 

Patch Collection page in the USS Midway section - Split into two pages due to increased size and volume.

 

On the Deck Prowlers in the Prowler Photo Galleries of the VAQ-136 section - added three new photos.

 

In Flight Prowlers in the Prowler Photo Galleries of the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 


 

August 03, 2003
 

Tokyo page in the Japan section - Added more information to the history of Tokyo.

 

Sunset Gate page in the Japan section - Added one new photo of a Torii.

 

Links page in the Japan section - Added eleven new links.

 

Links page in the Military section - Added four new links.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 01 in the VAQ-136 section - added two new photos.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 04 in the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 


 

July 29, 2003
 

Bruce Lonardo Collection Photo Gallery in the USS Midway section - Added four stories to the list of Bruce Lonardo's Midway Memories. They are: The Flight Deck, Rescuing a Helicopter & An Expedition into a Drydock, A Hero's Welcome, and Big Mac's and M&M's .

 


 

July 26, 2003
 

Bruce Lonardo Collection Photo Gallery in the USS Midway section - Added From Boot Camp to Steel Beach Picnics to the list of Bruce Lonardo's Midway Memories.

 


 

July 24, 2003
 

Bruce Lonardo Collection Photo Gallery in the USS Midway section - Added The Cactus Incident and Crossing the Line, the first two installments of Bruce Lonardo's Midway Memories. These are stories he wrote about specific events aboard Midway while assigned to VA-115 from 1979 to 1981.

 


 

July 17, 2003
 

Bruce Lonardo Collection Photo Gallery in the USS Midway section - This is a gallery of photos and recollections submitted by Bruce Lonardo, who was assigned to VA-115 aboard the Midway from 1979 to 1981. This gallery features Bruce's photos and will soon have stories he wrote about specific events during his time aboard Midway.

 

Ocean Sunsets page in the Fun Stuff section - added one new photo, which was taken and submitted by Bruce Lonardo.

 

VA-115 Photo Gallery 01 in the CVW-5 section - added three new photos, which were taken and submitted by Bruce Lonardo.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 01 in the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 02 in the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 


 

June 29, 2003
 

Photo Galleries in the USS Midway section - Split all the galleries into specific categories to enable easier browsing. Categories are: 1940's, 1950's, 1960's, 1970's, 1980's, 1990's, Bremerton, Miscellaneous, and My Collection. I am currently in work on the Lonardo Collection, which is a gallery of photos and memories submitted by Bruce Lonardo, a former Midway crewmember. This gallery should be finished soon and will feature Bruce's photos and stories he has written about specific events aboard Midway.

 


 

June 27, 2003
 

Patch Collection in the USS Midway section - added four new patches, which were submitted by Matt Dye, a former Midway crewmember.

 

Photo Gallery 03 in the USS Midway section - added one new photo.

 

Photo Gallery 04 in the USS Midway section - added one new photo.

 


 

June 24, 2003
 

Patch Collection in the USS Midway section - added six new patches, which were submitted by Matt Dye, a former Midway crewmember.

 


 

June 22, 2003
 

Photo Gallery 02 in the USS Midway section - added five new photos.

 

Photo Gallery 03 in the USS Midway section - added three new photos.

 


 

June 21, 2003
 

Photo Gallery 02 in the USS Midway section - added one new photo.

 

Photo Gallery 04 in the USS Midway section - added two new photos.

 

Photo Gallery 06 in the USS Midway section - added one new photo.

 


 

June 19, 2003
 

VF-154 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

VFA-27 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

VS-21 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

HS-14 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

Formations Page 02 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 02 in the VAQ-136 section - added two new photos.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 03 in the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 


 

June 08, 2003
 

Air Wing History Page in the CVW-5 section - added information detailing air wing activities in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

 

Squadron Photo Gallery Page 01 in the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 


 

June 07, 2003
 

NAF Misawa Air Show Photo Gallery in the Military Photos section - photos I took at this base in Japan at its 1994 ~ 1997 air shows.

 

Harriers Photo Gallery in the Military Photos section - photos I took of of this aircraft at various air shows. Versions include RAF GR.1, Royal Navy FRS.1, and USMC AV-8B.

 

Cobras & Hueys Photo Gallery in the Military Photos section - photos I took of these helicopters at various air shows. Versions include USMC AH-1J, USAF UH-1N, US Army UH-1H, and JGSDF AH-1S & UH-1J.

 

Squadron History Page in the VAQ-136 section - added information detailing squadron activities in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

 


 

May 31, 2003
 

RAF Brawdy Air Show Photo Gallery in the Military Photos section - photos I took at this base in Wales at its 1985 ~ 1987 air shows.

 

Ship's History Page in the USS Midway section & the Air Wing History Page in the CVW-5 section - added information on HS-12's activities in Operation DESERT STORM and Operation FIERY VIGIL, submitted by Gary Schreffler, a former HS-12 squadron member aboard the Midway.

 

EA-6B Prowler Page in the VAQ-136 section - added two new photos.

 

Squadron Photo Gallery Page 01 in the VAQ-136 section - added three new photos.

 

Squadron Photo Gallery Page 04 in the VAQ-136 section - added eight new photos.

 

Squadron Photo Gallery Page 05 in the VAQ-136 section - added four new photos.

 


 

May 30, 2003
 

CH-46 Sea Knight gallery in the Military Photos section - added 12 photos of Kawasaki's KV-107.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 01 in the VAQ-136 section - added 12 new photos.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 02 in the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 03 in the VAQ-136 section - added three new photos.

 


 

May 25, 2003
 

Photo Gallery 01 in the USS Midway section - added one photo.

 

VFA-27 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

VFA-192 Photo Gallery Page 03 in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

EA-6B Prowler Page in the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 01 in the VAQ-136 section - added five new photos.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 02 in the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 


 

May 22, 2003
 

Squadron Photo Gallery in the VAQ-136 section - split this gallery into seven pages and added 162 new photos. I was assigned to VAQ-136 from 1989 ~ 1992 and these are photos I took during that time period.

 


 

May 18, 2003
 

Photo Gallery 04 in the USS Midway section - added one new photo.

 

VA-115 Photo Gallery Page 01 in the CVW-5 section - added two new photos.

 

VA-185 Photo Gallery Page 01 in the CVW-5 section - added two new photos.

 

VFA-192 Photo Gallery Page 01 in the CVW-5 section - added five new photos.

 

VFA-195 Photo Gallery Page 01 in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

VS-21 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 02 in the VAQ-136 section - added two new photos.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 03 in the VAQ-136 section - added two new photos.

 

Note: (This is an update to my note on the 16th) I went to the museum in Blaine and got a bonus - the Discover Aviation Days air show was taking place with many WW II aircraft and several more modern jet trainers participating. I ended up spending eight hours in the hot sun (I have one heck of a tan now) and bought four additional rolls of film, making it a grand total of 16 rolls for this air show. The new camera worked beautifully and I can't wait to see how they look. Now I need to figure out a way to afford the developing costs and then scan them all. It will be a couple of weeks until the new gallery is finished, but it should be well worth the wait!

 


 

May 16, 2003
 

VA-115 Photo Gallery Page 03 in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

VF-154 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added two new photos.

 

VF-21 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added two new photos.

 

Squadron Photo Gallery Page 02 in the VAQ-136 section - added two new photos.

 

EA-6B Prowler page in the VAQ-136 section - added one scan of an EA-6B Prowler sticker.

 

Note: Tomorrow I am going to the American Wings Air Museum in Blaine, which is just north of Minneapolis. This museum has several OV-1 Mohawks, an A-7 Corsair II, and other aircraft. Since I have a brand new camera and 12 rolls of film, I can see a new photo gallery in this site's future!

 


 

May 08, 2003
 

MCAS El Toro Photo Gallery in the Military Photos section - photos I took of MCAS El Toro's gate guards, museum aircraft and 1994 air show.

 

Tip of the Sword page in the USS Midway section.

 

In Memoriam page in the USS Midway section.

 

Memorabilia page in the USS Midway section - added two new items.

 

VF-21 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added two new photos.

 

VF-154 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

VFA-27 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

VFA-192 Photo Gallery Page 03 in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

HS-14 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

Formations Page 02 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added two new photos.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 01 in the VAQ-136 section - added six new photos.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 02 in the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 03 in the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 


 

April 27, 2003
 

NAF Atsugi Air Shows Photo Gallery in the Military Photos section - photos I took at several air shows at NAF Atsugi. These include US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, JASDF, and JMSDF aircraft.

 

Russian Aircraft and Ships Photo Gallery in the Military Photos section - photos of Russian aircraft and ships I took while aboard USS Midway. I have also included USN Photos of Russian aircraft and ship encounters from my collection.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 01 in the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 02 in the VAQ-136 section - added two new photos.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 03 in the VAQ-136 section - added two new photos.

 


 

April 23, 2003
 

Ship's History page in the USS Midway section - added information on the loss of elevator number three in 1964 and the MiG-17 kill on 20 JUN 65 by two VA-25 A-1H Skyraiders. Many thanks to Robert L. Sullivan, a former VA-25 crewmember who submitted this information.

 

VFA-195 Photo Gallery Page 02 in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

VAW-115 Photo Gallery Page 02 in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

VF-154 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

VFA-27 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

VS-21 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

Squadron Photo Gallery Page 04 in the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 

AGM-88 HARM page in the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 


 

April 20, 2003
 

Photo Gallery 06 in the USS Midway section - added 31 new photos.

 

Photo Gallery 07 in the USS Midway section - added 22 new photos.

 

Photo Gallery 08 in the USS Midway section - added 08 new photos.

 


 

April 19, 2003
 

Yasukuni's Yushukan Photo Gallery in the Military Photos section - photos from my visits to the Yushukan at Yasukuni Jinja and the National Science Museum in Tokyo, Japan. Photos included are of a D4Y2 Suisei, an MXY8 Ohka, a model of the carrier Shokaku, a Japanese tank, and a twin-seat Zero-sen.

 

VA-115 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - split this gallery into three pages and added 50 new photos.

 

VAW-115 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - split this gallery into three pages and added 66 new photos.

 

Squadron Photo Gallery in the VAQ-136 section - split this gallery into five pages added one new photo to Page 01 and one new photo to Page 05.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 02 in the VAQ-136 section - added two new photos.

 


 

April 13, 2003
 

VFA-192 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - split this gallery into three pages and added 52 new photos.

 

VFA-195 Photo Gallery Page 02 in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

HS-12 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - split this gallery into three pages and added 55 new photos.

 

VF-154 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

HS-14 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

The COD Aircraft Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section has been split into a VRC-50 Photo Gallery and a VRC-30 Photo Gallery. I also added 38 new photos to the VRC-50 Photo Gallery and one new photo to the VRC-30 Photo Gallery.

 

CVW-5 Aircraft Formations Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - split this gallery into two pages and added 22 new photos.

 


 

April 12, 2003
 

CH-46 Sea Knight Photo Gallery in the Military Photos section - photos I took of this helicopter throughout my time in the Navy.

 

SH-60B Seahawk Photo Gallery in the Military Photos section - photos I took of this helicopter throughout my time in the Navy.

 

VFA-151 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - split this gallery into three pages and added 37 new photos.

 

VFA-192 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added two new photos.

 

VFA-195 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - split this gallery into two pages and added 29 new photos.

 

VAW-115 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

VF-154 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

HS-14 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 01 in the VAQ-136 section - added two new photos.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 02 in the VAQ-136 section - added three new photos.

 


 

April 10, 2003
 

VA-185 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - split this gallery into two pages and added 11 new photos.

 

VF-21 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

VF-154 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added two new photos.

 

COD Aircraft Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo of a VRC-50 C-2A Greyhound.

 

EA-6B Prowler page in the VAQ-136 section - added one scan of an ICAP III sticker.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 03 in the VAQ-136 section - added three new photos.

 


 

April 09, 2003
 

VA-185 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added 18 new photos.

 


 

April 08, 2003
 

VFA-151 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

VFA-192 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added five new photos.

 

VA-115 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added four new photos.

 

VAW-115 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added four new photos.

 

HS-12 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added two new photos.

 

VF-21 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added five new photos.

 

VF-154 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added five new photos.

 

VS-21 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added seven new photos.

 

VQ-5 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added three new photos.

 

VFA-27 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added two new photos.

 

HS-14 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added two new photos.

 

COD Aircraft Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo of a VRC-50 US-3A Viking and one new photo of a VRC-30 C-2A Greyhound.

 

Squadron Photo Gallery Page 02 in the VAQ-136 section - added five new photos.

 

Squadron Photo Gallery Page 03 in the VAQ-136 section - added eight new photos.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 01 in the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 03 in the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 


 

April 06, 2003
 

VAW-115 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added two new photos.

 

VF-154 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

VS-21 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added three new photos.

 

Squadron Photo Gallery Page 04 in the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 01 in the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 02 in the VAQ-136 section - added two new photos.

 

Prowler Photo Gallery Page 03 in the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo.

 

AGM-88 HARM page in the VAQ-136 section - added three new photos.

 


 

April 05, 2003

EA-6B Prowler Photo Gallery in the VAQ-136 section - I have finally finished this project and there are now 159 new EA-6B Prowler photos in three galleries.

 

Ocean Sunsets page in the Fun Stuff section - added three new photos of sunsets at sea. These new photos were taken by my brother who was stationed aboard USCGC Gallatin, WHEC-721 in March 2003, while steaming up the James River into Chesapeake Bay.


Photo Gallery 04 in the USS Midway section - added one new photo of Midway in 1983 as seen from USS Lockwood, FF-1064 in the Indian Ocean. Many thanks to Steve Hadley who took the photo and gave permission for its use on this site.

 

Squadron Photo Gallery Page 01 in the VAQ-136 section - added one new photo of NH 614 aboard Kitty Hawk in 1974, submitted by Malcolm LeCompte, CDR, USNR (retired).

 


 

March 30, 2003
 

All the older photos in the CVW-5 photo galleries have been rescanned. I have also split the Air Wing Photo Galleries into squadron galleries. This makes it easier to sort the photos and makes room for the many squadron photos I am about to scan and upload.

 

VF-154 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

VFA-27 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

VFA-192 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

VQ-5 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added 23 new photos.

 

HS-14 Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo.

 

Squadron Photo Gallery Page 01 in the VAQ-136 section - added seven new photos.

 

Squadron Photo Gallery Page 04 in the VAQ-136 section - added two new photos.

 

AGM-88 HARM page in the VAQ-136 section - added nine new photos and one scan of a HARM sticker.

 


 

March 29, 2003

Photo Gallery 03 in the USS Midway section - added one new photo of Midway at sea in the 1980's.

 

Photo Gallery 04 in the USS Midway section - added one new photo from April 1983 of a three-carrier battle group consisting of Midway, Coral Sea, and Enterprise. Also added one new photo from July 1983 of Midway with USS New Jersey.

 

Photo Gallery 05 in the USS Midway section - added one new photo from 1990 of Midway in the Gulf of Oman, as seen from the deck of USS Independence.

 

Photo Gallery 06 in the USS Midway section - added four new photos of Midway in storage at Bremerton, Washington - One is a collage of three small photos and the other three are U.S. Geological Survey satellite photos.

 

Memorabilia page in the USS Midway section - I finally succeeded in obtaining the 1974 Revell model of Midway. It arrived today and is a very detailed version of Midway in her straight-deck days. I have had the Arii and Kangnam versions for a long time, but did not want to add them to this page until I had all three. I have scanned the box tops and instruction sheet front covers and they are now uploaded onto this page.

 


 

March 28, 2003

Photo Gallery 01 in the USS Midway section - added one new photo of Midway in a Mediterranean port sometime in the 1940's or 1950's.

 

Photo Gallery 03 in the USS Midway section - added one new photo of Midway at sea in the 1970's with the crew spelling out "Merry Christmas" on the flight deck.

 


 

March 27, 2003

Photo Galleries 07 & 08 in the USS Midway section - added 37 new photos of Midway.


Photo Gallery 01 in the USS Midway section - added two new photos of Midway flight ops in 1946.

 

Photo Gallery 03 in the USS Midway section - added five new photos of Midway in dry dock at Yokosuka, Japan in 1980 and one photo of Midway at sea in the early 1980's.

 

Photo Gallery 04 in the USS Midway section - added one new photo of Midway in 1984 as seen from the fantail of USS Lockwood, FF-1064 in the Sea of Japan. Many thanks to Steve Hadley who took the photo and gave permission for its use on this site.

 

Photo Gallery 06 in the USS Midway section - added two new photos of Midway in storage at Bremerton, Washington.

 


 

March 23, 2003

All pages in the USS Midway section - rescanned all the older photos, memorabilia, and patches.

 

Photo Gallery 04 in the USS Midway section - added two new photos of Midway and Battle Group Alpha in the early 1980's.

 

Memorabilia page in USS Midway section - added two new items.

 

Squadron Photo Gallery 04 in the VAQ-136 section - added four new photos.

 

AGM-88 HARM page in the VAQ-136 section - added two new photos.

 


 

March 22, 2003

Photo Gallery 04 in the USS Midway section - added one new photo from 1984 of a three-carrier battle group consisting of Midway, Coral Sea, and Enterprise.

 

Photo Gallery 02 in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo of a VFA-192 Hornet.

 

Photo Gallery 04 in the CVW-5 section - added one new photo of a VAW-115 Hawkeye.

 

Photo Gallery 05 in the CVW-5 section - added three new photos of VF-154 Tomcats and one photo of a VFA-27 Hornet.

 

Japan section - major update:

~ Welcome to Japan! page - rescanned two photos and added two new photos of sushi arrangements.

~ Mt. Fuji page - separated this page into four seasonal galleries and added 142 new photos.

~ Tokyo page - rescanned seven photos and added one new photo.

~ Geisha page - rescanned one new photo.

~ Japanese Shrines - rescanned two photos.

~ Samurai page - rescanned two photos.

 

Note: As you may be able to tell from this update, I am in the process of rescanning the older photos on this site. My original scans left a lot to be desired so I am rescanning them. The next batch I will rescan are the original pictures from the USS Midway section.

 


 

March 17, 2003

Ship's History page in the USS Midway section - updated information for the 10 JUL ~ 10 NOV 50 Med Cruise: on Oct. 17th of this cruise, Captain H. Urban, then a LTJG with VC-4 and flying an AD-3N, Bureau Number 122917, made his 100th Midway trap - thus becoming Midway's first Centurion. This was Captain Urban's 207th career carrier landing. On the previous 06 JAN~23 MAY 50 Med Cruise, Captain Urban made Midway's 23,000th landing.

 


 

March 16, 2003

NAS Memphis Gallery in the Military Photos section - photos from NATTC Millington and NAS Memphis, Tennessee.

 

UNREP & VERTREP Gallery in the Military Photos section - photos showing Underway Replenishments and Vertical Replenishments.

 

Homepage in the Fun Stuff section - added a cartoon of myself in uniform drawn by a Japanese friend in 1992.

 

Ship's Specifications page in the USS Midway section - added one scan of a three-view line drawing showing Midway in her different configurations.

 

Cruises & Squadrons page in the USS Midway section - updated squadrons aboard for the following cruises: 06 JAN ~ 23 MAY 50 Med Cruise, 10 JUL ~ 10 NOV 50 Med Cruise, and 27 DEC 54 ~ 14 JUL 55 World Cruise. The updated information was submitted by Captain H. Urban, Jr., USN (Retired) after researching log books. Captain Urban was a pilot in VC-4 at the time of the first two cruises and during the World Cruise was the Senior Air Controller in the Combat Information Center aboard Midway.

 

Memorabilia page in the USS Midway section - added scans of the 1987~1989, 1989~1990, and 1990~1991 cruisebook covers.

 


 

March 09, 2003

Military Photos section - This section is made up of galleries of photos I have taken of military aircraft and ships. I have finished nine galleries so far, with many more being worked on or planned.

 

Battleship Mikasa Gallery in the Military Photos section - photos and souvenirs from my visit to this Japanese memorial.

 

Hawaiian Memorials Gallery in the Military Photos section - photos from the USS Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin Memorial, and Schofield Barracks.

 

Humboldt County Gallery in the Military Photos section - photos from my visit aboard USS Vancouver in Eureka and a visit to Rohnerville Airport.

 

Philippines Gallery in the Military Photos section - photos from NAS Cubi Point and Subic Bay Naval Base.

 

Aircraft Carriers Gallery in the Military Photos section - photos of USS Ranger, USS Independence, USS Enterprise, USS America, USS Nimitz, USS Theodore Roosevelt, and USS Belleau Wood.

 

Battleships Gallery in the Military Photos section - photos of USS New Jersey, USS Missouri, and USS Wisconsin.

 

Carrier Escorts Gallery in the Military Photos section - photos of USS Long Beach, USS Bunker Hill, USS Mobile Bay, USS Leyte Gulf, USS William H. Standley, USS Towers, USS Fife, USS Curts, USS Nichols, USS Rodney M. Davis, and other USS Midway escorts.

 

Foreign Ships Gallery in the Military Photos section - photos of HMS Gloucester, Russian and Iranian warships, and various civilian vessels.

 

USS Pampanito Gallery in the Military Photos section - photos from my visit to this submarine museum in San Francisco.

 


 

March 06, 2003

Photo Gallery 02 in the CVW-5 section - added one photo of a VFA-192 F/A-18C Hornet aboard Kitty Hawk.

 

Photo Gallery 04 in the CVW-5 section - added one photo of a VAW-115 E-2C Hawkeye aboard Kitty Hawk.

 


 

March 03, 2003

Photo Gallery 02 in the USS Midway section - added one new color picture of Midway during the 1960's.

 


 

March 02, 2003
 

Ocean Sunsets page in the Fun Stuff section - added ten sunset photos taken from the Midway and five photos of USS Bunker Hill, CG-52 against a sunset.

 

Guest book - Due to the guest book having grown so immense, I have decided to split it into yearly sections. While the original guest book was sufficient for the old version of this site, there are now more entries for the military sections than for the regular sections. Because of this, I will leave the regular section entries in the original HTML Gear guest book and move the military section entries into archives located on this site.

 

When the guest book is initially signed, all entries will be in the original guest book. On a regular basis, I will remove the military section entries and place them in the archives. All 2000, 2001, and 2002 entries have been moved and the 2003 entries are being done as they are entered.

 

All of the archived entries are by Midway and air wing personnel, as well as other military members and people interested in the subjects on this site.

 


 

March 01, 2003

Photo Gallery 02 in the USS Midway section - added one photo of Midway while visiting Australia in the mid-1980's.

 

Photo Gallery 03 in the USS Midway section - added one photo of Midway in the 1980's.

 

Photo Gallery 01 in the VAQ-136 section - added one scan of a Joe Milich print showing NF 607 while attached to Midway.

 

Photo Gallery 04 in the VAQ-136 section - added one photo of NF 503 onboard Kitty Hawk while visiting Australia in 1999.

 


 

February 26, 2003

VAQ-136 Photo Gallery in the VAQ-136 section - added 53 new pictures showing the Gauntlets in action.

 


 

February 25, 2003

Photo Gallery 01 in the USS Midway section - added three photos: 1945 before commissioning, 1946 Arctic Cruise, and the P2V Neptune launch in 1949.

 

Photo Gallery 02 in the USS Midway section - added one 1960's photo of Midway.

 


 

February 23, 2003

Memorabilia page in the USS Midway section - added two full editions of the Midway NEWS: 11 DEC 1945 and 11 AUG 1991.

 

Photo Gallery 02 in the USS Midway section - added two 1970's photos of Midway and one photo of the F-14 Tomcat trap.

 

Photo Gallery 03 in the USS Midway section - added one 1980's photo of Battle Group Alpha in the North Arabian Sea.

 

Photo Gallery 01 in the CVW-5 section - added one photo of an RF-4B Phantom from VMFP-3 and one photo of a VQ-1 A-3B "Whale."

 


 

February 22, 2003

Memorabilia page in the USS Midway section - added two new items.


Photo Gallery 03 in the USS Midway section - added one photo of the Arabian Gulf Task Force steaming in formation.

 

Photo Gallery 02 in the CVW-5 section - added one photo of VFA-192 Hornets standing Alert 5 in 2003.

 

Personal Note: As I have been promising for a very long time, I have finally replaced my scanner and am currently in-work on the VAQ-136 and EA-6B photo galleries. Before this is completed, I have many USN photos which I will put up over the next week. I am also going to update the Japan section with new information and eventually add photos from the trips I took while living there.

 


 

February 19, 2003

Patch Collection page in the VAQ-136 section - added two new patches: one for VAQ-136 and one for the EA-6B.

 

Photo Gallery 01 in the USS Midway section - added a rare photo of Midway in drydock.

 

Photo Gallery 04 in the USS Midway section - added a photo of Midway with Ranger pier-side at NAS North Island.

 

Memorabilia page in the USS Midway section - added seven new items.


Patch Collection page in the USS Midway section - added seven new patches.

 


 

February 16, 2003

Received a website award from Sky-Flash.com, awarded for the USS Midway section.

 


 

February 09, 2003

Cruises and Squadrons page in the USS Midway section - Due to its size, I split this page into four sections. This will enable the pages to load faster and cuts down on file size. It starts out with a menu, from which you can link to different time periods.

 

Air Wing Cruises page in the CVW-5 section - Due to its size, I split this page into five sections. This will enable the pages to load faster and cuts down on file size. It starts out with a menu, from which you can link to different time periods.

 

Photo Gallery in the CVW-5 section - added 65 new Air Wing Five pictures.

 

Japanese Shrines page in the Japan section - added a new picture showing a pagoda and torii.


Geisha page in the Japan section - added 36 new pictures showing Japanese women, kimonos, activities and scenes from old Japan.

 


 

February 08, 2003
 

Maintainers page added to the Military Stuff section - You might be an aircraft maintainer IF.....

 

Ode to the Groundcrew page added to the Military Stuff section - This page is a tribute to all aircraft mechanics and maintainers.

 

Photo Gallery in the USS Midway section - added 31 new Midway pictures.


Memorabilia page in the USS Midway section - added a Midway hat and a better picture of the cruisebook from the 47~48 Mediterranean cruise.

 


 

February 03, 2003

Ship's History page in the USS Midway section - added more information about the ship's original design and configuration, as well as subsequent refits - including those infamous "blisters." Midway memories just aren't complete without her "Rock and Rolling."

 


 

February 02, 2003

The Forgotten Mechanic page added to the Military Stuff section - This page is a tribute to all aircraft mechanics and maintainers.

 

Received a second website award from The International Association of Web Masters and Designers, awarded for the USS Midway section.

 

AGM-88 HARM page in the VAQ-136 section - added seven new HARM pictures.

 


 

February 01, 2003

Air Wing History page in the CVW-5 section - added new information for 2000 to the present.

 


 

January 29, 2003

Air Wing Cruises page in the CVW-5 section - added new information for 1998 to the present.

 

Squadron Cruises page in the VAQ-136 section - added new information for 1998 to the present.

 


 

January 26, 2003

Ship's History page in the USS Midway section - added more detailed statistics and information about Midway's participation in Operations DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, and FIERY VIGIL. Also added information on Midway's final days prior to decommissioning.

 

Personal Note: Spent Saturday and Sunday converting this entire site from basic "off the top of my head" notepad edited HTML over to a Microsoft Front Page generated website. I still do the HTML manually, it's just easier to do the huge tables on the cruise pages in Front Page.

 

Personal Note #2: I don't know why I just wrote that first note. I was basically just rambling on because I'm now officially OD'd on HTML code.

 


 

January 23, 2003

Received a website award from Majon.com, awarded for the USS Midway section.

 


 

January 22, 2003

Ship's Awards page added to the USS Midway section - This page shows off Midway's "salad bar" of decorations and describes what they all mean.

 


 

January 12, 2003

Photo Gallery 01 in the CVW-5 section - moved the air wing photos from the history page to a page of their own.

In-Work: VAQ-136 photo gallery, EA-6B Prowler photo gallery, and more photos for the CVW-5 gallery. Also in-work are more photos for the USS Midway gallery. Please be patient with the delay in getting these galleries up. My scanner had to be deep-sixed and I can't get another one for a little while.

 


 

January 11, 2003

Photo Gallery 04 in the USS Midway section - added two photos of Midway taken and submitted by Rick Gould.

Memorabilia page in the USS Midway section - added a scan of Midway Desert Storm art submitted by the artist Rick Gould.

 


 

January 10, 2003

Deployments, Air Wings, and Squadrons page added to the CVW-5 section - This is an in-depth documentation of CVW-5's major deployments, including the carriers it was attached to and the squadrons assigned. This list is huge and required hours upon hours of research to put together. It is compiled from many sources, which include U.S. Navy documents and websites, Japanese publications, and many scattered mentions in various media.

Air-to-Air Victories page added to the CVW-5 section - This is a list of all air-to-air victories by CVW-5 aircraft in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

Memorabilia page in the USS Midway section - added a photo of the Midway silver version Zippo lighter.

 


 

January 05, 2003

Squadron Deployments page added to the VAQ-136 section - This is an in-depth documentation of the squadron's major deployments, including the ships and air wings it has been assigned to. This list is detailed and is compiled from many sources, which include U.S. Navy documents and websites, Japanese publications, and many scattered mentions in various media.

Air-to-Air Victories page added to the USS Midway section - This is a list of all air-to-air victories by Midway aircraft in the Vietnam War.

Links page in the Fun Stuff section - added new links and deleted a couple of dead ones.

 


 

January 04, 2003

Deployments, Air Wings, and Squadrons page added to the USS Midway section - This is an in-depth documentation of Midway's major deployments, including the air wings and squadrons aboard. This list is huge and required hours upon hours of research to put together. It is compiled from many sources, which include U.S. Navy documents and websites, Japanese publications, and many scattered mentions in various media.