January ~ June 2005 Updates

 

 

June 30, 2005

 

Airfest 2005 ~ La Crosse, Wisconsin - a new gallery of 434 photos I took at this air show in La Crosse, WI on May 18, 2005. Highlights of this air show included the USAF Thunderbirds & two F/A-18F Super Hornets.

 


 

June 28, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Souvenirs & Miscellaneous in the USS Midway section - added two new covers commemorating Midway's March 20, 1945 Launching & September 10, 1945 First Day in Commission.

 

My Photos - added two new photos of myself taken on June 18th at the Deke Slayton 2005 Airfest air show in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

 


 

June 27, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Certificates & Cards in the USS Midway section - added four new items. These are a Liberty Pass, Camera Pass & two First Class Mess cards I acquired on eBay & were originally issued to a BT1 Campbell in 1961. Check out the second First Class Mess card... the ship graphic was printed upside down!

 

Eddie Miller Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new t-shirt in the Memorabilia gallery.

 

2000's Miscellaneous in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new USN photo showing the Memorial Day ceremony last month.

 

VAQ-136 Memorabilia in the VAQ-136 section - added an UMPQUA challenge coin, courtesy of Anthony Silk.

 

NAF Misawa, Japan - added a Misawa AB challenge coin in the Memorabilia gallery.

 


 

June 25, 2005

 

2005 Crystal Airport Open House & Fly-In - a new gallery of 117 photos & one T-28C Trojan movie I took at this Crystal, MN air show on May 19, 2005.

 

My Patch Collection - added one new patch in the Miscellaneous U.S. Military gallery.

 

My Zap Collection - added two new zaps.

 

F-4 Phantom - added seven new photos.

 

Light Observation - added 18 new photos.

 

Nanchang CJ6A - added 16 new photos.

 

T-28 Trojan - added 27 new photos & one movie.

 

UH-1 Huey - added 28 new photos.

 

USS Midway & VAQ-136 guest books - added new entries, bringing them up to date.

 


 

June 14, 2005

 

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

 

Memorabilia - Souvenirs & Miscellaneous in the USS Midway section - added one new item. This update is one week late for the SDACM's first anniversary: it's a June 07, 2004 museum opening day cover.

 

Bill Purcell Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added two new photos of a newly installed antenna in the Flight Deck gallery.

 

R. Clinton Griffin Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo in the Ship's Bell gallery.

 

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

 

LCHS Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

June 12, 2005

 

Eddie Miller Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 41 new photos to the following galleries:

USS Midway: 03 new photos.

Flight Deck Crew: 10 new photos.

A-6E Intruder: 01 new photo.

E-2C Hawkeye: 01 new photo.

SH-3H Sea King: 02 new photos.

Liberty Photos: 03 new photos.

Eddie's Models: 21 new photos.

 

R. Clinton Griffin Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added eight new photos in the following galleries:

Antenna Installation: 07 photos of two restored antenna's being installed on the island structure (new gallery.

Ship's Bell: 01 new photo of the restored ship's bell installed on the Quarterdeck.

 

San Diego Web Cam in the USS Midway section - added three new screenshots showing two newly restored & installed antenna's on Midway's island.

 


 

June 11, 2005

 

Brian Bogardus Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added three new photos.

 

Midway's Aircraft in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 75 new photos in the following galleries:

Miscellaneous Restoration Hangar Photos: 09 new photos.

Hangar Bay Exhibits: 02 new photos.

SBD-1 Dauntless: 10 new photos.

F9F-5 Panther: 04 new photos.

F-8U Crusader: 17 photos (new gallery).

A-4F Skyhawk: 11 new photos.

RA-5C Vigilante: 11 new photos.

F/A-18A Hornet: 11 new photos.

 

C-47 Skytrain - added 41 new photos.

 

Nanchang CJ6A - added 23 new photos.

 

O-2 Skymaster - added nine new photos.

 

P-51 Mustang - added 158 new photos.

 

S-2 Tracker - added 29 new photos.

 

T-28 Trojan - added 78 new photos.

 

Texans & SNJ's - added 62 new photos.

 

UH-1 Huey - added 16 new photos.

 

USS Midway & LCHS guest books - added new entries, bringing them up to date.

 


 

June 09, 2005

 

Bill Purcell Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added four photos in a new SDACM Volunteers Night at PETCO Park gallery.

 

A-7 Corsair II - added 32 new photos.

 

B-25 Mitchell - added 98 new photos & one movie.

 

L-29 Delphin - added 14 new photos.

 

L-39 Albatros - added 28 new photos.

 

Light Observation - added 72 new photos.

 

OV-1 Mohawk - added 206 new photos & two movies.

 


 

June 08, 2005

 

MidwaySailor.com Store - added GO NAVY & FLY NAVY bumper stickers. These new stickers are based on originals from the 1970's.

 


 

June 07, 2005

Happy First Anniversary SDACM!!!

 

Today is the first anniversary of USS Midway opening as the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum. I would like to send out a BZ to all the men & women who worked hard to make it possible. Also, I would especially like to acknowledge & thank all the sailors who took Midway's Magic & made her into what she always was & always will be:

The Fleet's Finest Carrier..... Press On!

 

Memorabilia - Souvenirs & Miscellaneous in the USS Midway section - added one new item. This update is perfect for today: it's a September 10, 1990 45th Anniversary cover.

 

USS Midway & VAQ-136 guest books - added new entries, bringing them up to date.

 


 

June 05, 2005

 

Wings of Freedom 2005 Air Show - a new gallery of 614 photos, one OV-1 Mohawk movie & one B-25 Mitchell movie I took at this Red Wing, MN air show on May 28, 2005.

 


 

June 04, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Liberty Port Souvenirs in the USS Midway section - added a San Miguel Beer T-Shirt.

 

Midway's Band ~ 1950's in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - a new gallery with 16 photos.

 

1950's Miscellaneous in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - replaced one photo with a larger & better quality version, courtesy of Buzz Nau.

 

1960's Flight Ops in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo, courtesy of Buzz Nau.

 

Bill Purcell Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 30 new photos in the following galleries:

Aircraft: 04 new photos.

Flight Deck: 02 new photos.

Hangar Bay: 05 new photos.

Memorial Day 2005: 11 photos (new gallery).

New Elevators: 05 new photos.

Pier Photos: 03 new photos.

 

Sailing Ships - added three photos of the Grand Turk in Whitby Harbour, Yorkshire, England, courtesy of Kenneth Webster.

 


 

June 02, 2005

 

American Wings Air Museum & 2005 Air Show - a new gallery of 762 photos & one OV-1 Mohawk movie I took at this Blaine, MN museum & their air show on May 21 ~ 22, 2005.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

May 31, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Souvenirs & Miscellaneous in the USS Midway section - added one new item.

 

My Photos - added one new photo of me taken on May 21st at the American Wings Museum Warbird Roundup in Blaine, Minnesota. This photo was taken by Liza Eckardt, one of the moderators & contributing photographers at a great aviation photography forum: Fence Check.com

 

USS Midway & VAQ-136 guest books - added new entries, bringing them up to date.

 


 

May 29, 2005

 

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

 

R. Clinton Griffin Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added four new photos in the Medical gallery.

 

VAQ-136 Patch Collection - added one new patch.

 

My Patch Collection - added one new patch in the EA-6B Prowler gallery.

 

My Photos - added four new photos of myself taken yesterday at the Wings of Freedom air show in Red Wing, Minnesota.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

May 23, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Ship Pamphlets & Booklets in the USS Midway section - added a 1958 Welcome Aboard booklet.

 

1980's Miscellaneous in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo of a February 1984 awards ceremony.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

May 22, 2005

 

My Photos - added two new photos of me taken today at the American Wings Museum Warbird Roundup in Blaine, Minnesota. Normally, I only attend one day of an air show, but since I had nothing else going on, I went back for the afternoon on the second day of this one. I will be creating a new gallery with many photos of this air show in the next few days.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

May 21, 2005

 

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

 

My Photos - added five new photos of myself taken today at the American Wings Museum Warbird Roundup in Blaine, Minnesota.

 

USS Midway, VAQ-136 & LCHS guest books - added new entries, bringing them up to date.

 


 

May 15, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Souvenirs & Miscellaneous in the USS Midway section - added one new item.

 

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

 

R. Clinton Griffin Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added two new photos in the New Elevators gallery.

 

RAF Brawdy - added two new magazine articles in the Memorabilia section.

 

VAQ-136 Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

May 14, 2005

 

San Diego Web Cam in the USS Midway section - added two new screenshots showing the two new elevator structures.

 

VAQ-136 USS Kitty Hawk Era U.S. Navy Photos - added one new photo.

 

My Zap Collection - added four new zaps.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

May 12, 2005

 

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

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

May 10, 2005

 

R. Clinton Griffin Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 14 new photos in the following galleries:

Chapel & Chaplain: 05 photos (new gallery).

New Elevators: 06 new photos.

Officer Quarters: 03 new photos.

 

VAQ-136 Patch Collection - added one new patch.

 

My Patch Collection - added one new patch in the EA-6B Prowler gallery.

 


 

May 08, 2005

 

MidwaySailor.com Store - added new sections for VF-161 Chargers, VMFP-3 Eyes of the Corps, VQ-1 World Watchers & NAF Atsugi, Japan merchandise.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

May 07, 2005

 

1940's Miscellaneous in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added two new photos.

 

Carrier Air Wing Five in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new patch in the Memorabilia gallery.

 

My Patch Collection - added one new patch in the Air Wing Five gallery.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

May 05, 2005

 

Memorabilia - SDACM Souvenirs in the USS Midway section - added one new item. Once again, another great online shopping experience with the USS Midway JetShop Online Store!

 

VAQ-136 Patch Collection - added one new patch.

 

USS Independence - added one new photo.

 

My Patch Collection - added one new patch in the EA-6B Prowler gallery & one new patch in the Desert Storm gallery.

 

My Zap Collection - added one new zap for the Chargers of VF-161.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

April 30, 2005

 

J. L. Barrett Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - a new gallery of 27 photos from the 1950's.

 

Memorabilia - Patch Collection in the USS Midway section - added a 1988 ~ 1989 Task Force 77 patch. I want to thank Kevin Sumpter for sending me this patch for my collection.

 

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

 

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

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

April 27, 2005

 

MidwaySailor.com Store - added a twelve-month USS Midway calendar featuring photos from 1945 through 1991.

 

VFA-151 Vigilantes - added two photos of a Vigilante T-shirt I recently bought on eBay.

 

VAQ-136 Memorabilia - added one photo of two squadron coffee mugs I suddenly remembered I had stashed away.

 

USS Midway & LCHS guest books - added new entries, bringing them up to date.

 


 

April 25, 2005

 

Flight Operations in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - updated one photo in the A-7 Corsair II gallery with a larger & better quality version.

 

Port Visits 1980's in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - updated one photo with a larger & better quality version.

 

USS Independence - added two new photos.

 


 

April 23, 2005

 

MidwaySailor.com Store - consolidated all sections into one larger store & added a new line of VA-115 Arabs merchandise.

 

USS Midway, VAQ-136 & LCHS guest books - added new entries, bringing them up to date.

 


 

April 21, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Cruise Books in the USS Midway section - added a cover scan of the 1961 cruise book, courtesy of Buzz Nau.

 

R. Clinton Griffin Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added four new photos in the Display Aircraft gallery. These new photos show the S-3B Viking armed with a Harpoon & CBU's.

 

USS Midway & LCHS guest books - added new entries, bringing them up to date.

 


 

April 17, 2005

 

Museum News in the USS Midway section - added two new articles.

 

R. Clinton Griffin Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 82 new photos in the following galleries:

Display Aircraft: 02 new photos.

Elevator Number Four: 03 new photos.

Task Force Command & Control Room: 04 new photos.

Officer Mess & Galley: 25 new photos.

Officer Quarters: 48 new photos.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

April 15, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Souvenirs & Miscellaneous in the USS Midway section - added one new item.

 

Memorabilia - SDACM Souvenirs in the USS Midway section - added one new item. Once again, another great online shopping experience with the USS Midway JetShop Online Store!

 

2000's Miscellaneous in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added three new photos, courtesy of Kyle Milliken.

 

USS Midway & LCHS guest books - added new entries, bringing them up to date.

 


 

April 11, 2005

 

MidwaySailor.com Store - added one new section  for USS Midway, CVA-41. I also added bumper stickers in each squadron section & created a new CVA-41 version of the Fleet's Finest Carrier bumper sticker.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

April 10, 2005

 

MidwaySailor.com Store - added eight new sections of squadron merchandise for VFA-151 Vigilantes, VFA-192 Golden Dragons, VFA-195 Dambusters, VA-115 Eagles, VA-185 Nighthawks, VAQ-136 Gauntlets, VAW-115 Liberty Bells & HS-12 Wyverns. I also added a reproduction of the CV-41 Fleet's Finest Carrier bumper sticker.

 


 

April 09, 2005

 

MidwaySailor.com Store - I have just opened a store for this web site at CafePress.com. I am offering many items with USS Midway, CV-41 & Carrier Air Wing Five logos. Tomorrow, I will also add merchandise for the eight squadrons that made up Midway's air wing in her final days.

 

Memorabilia - Patch Collection in the USS Midway section - added three new patches, courtesy of Ron French.

 

Memorabilia - Magazine & Newspaper Articles in the USS Midway section - added two articles from the August 06, 1965 edition of Life magazine, courtesy of Ron French.

 

Memorabilia - Ship Pamphlets & Booklets in the USS Midway section - added the the late 1980's~1991 Midway phone book in its entirety.

 

1950's Flight Operations in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - updated one photo with a larger & better quality version.

 

1960's Miscellaneous in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo, courtesy of Ron French.

 

USS Coral Sea - added one new photo.

 

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt - added five new photos.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

April 08, 2005

 

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

 

Memorabilia - Souvenirs & Miscellaneous in the USS Midway section - added one new item.

 

My Patch Collection - added three new patches in the USS Midway gallery. Also added two patches in my Wanted gallery.

 

LCHS Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

April 07, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Ship Pamphlets & Booklets in the USS Midway section - added a copy of the 1979 ~ 1980 Gonzo Station coloring book, courtesy of Craig Clark.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

April 03, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Cruise Books in the USS Midway section - added a larger, better quality cover scan of the 1990~1991 cruise book, courtesy of Buzz Nau.

 

R. Clinton Griffin Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 22 photos in the new Print Shop gallery.

 

VAQ-136 Memorabilia - added one new challenge coin & added a better quality scan of one I already had.

 


 

April 03, 2005

 

Air-to-Air Victories in Vietnam in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo.

 

Operation Frequent Wind in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added three new photos.

 

1960's Flight Operations in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added three new photos.

 

1970's Miscellaneous in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added six new photos.

 

C-130 Hercules - added one new photo.

 

Cruisers - added nine new photos.

 

NAS North Island - added six new photos.

 

Sailing Ships - added three new photos.

 

SH-60 Seahawk - added five new photos.

 

Smaller Ships - added 29 new photos.

 

Submarines - added two new photos.

 

USS Belleau Wood - added nine new photos.

 

USS Boxer - added three new photos.

 

USS Peleliu - added nine new photos.

 

USS Nimitz - added 13 new photos.

 

USS Ronald Reagan - added 16 new photos.

 

USS Tarawa - added three new photos.

 

LCHS Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

April 02, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Certificates & Cards in the USS Midway section - added a 1955 Crossing the Line Subpoena, Shellback card & Golden Dragon card, courtesy of Adam Bulharowski. Also added a 1958 Golden Dragon certificate signed by Tommy Blackburn, from my collection. Many thanks to Buzz Nau for helping with the scan of the Golden Dragon certificate.

 

Memorabilia - Magazine & Newspaper Articles in the USS Midway section - added one new article, courtesy of Bob Dorais.

 

Memorabilia - Naval Aviation News Articles in the USS Midway section - added one new article in the 1990's section, courtesy of Bob Dorais.

 

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

 

VADM H. S. Duckworth Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo.

 

1940's Miscellaneous in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo, courtesy of Terri Lorio.

 

1950's Miscellaneous in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo, courtesy of Adam Bulharowski.

 

1980's Miscellaneous in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo, courtesy of Bob Dorais.

 

Midway's Aircraft in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo in the Miscellaneous gallery, two new photos in the A-4F Skyhawk gallery & five new photos in the RA-5C Vigilante gallery.

 

San Diego Web Cam in the USS Midway section - added seven new screenshots showing the new elevator structure.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

April 01, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Souvenirs & Miscellaneous in the USS Midway section - added three new items.

 

VAQ-136 Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

March 31, 2005

 

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

 

USS Midway & LCHS guest books - added new entries, bringing them up to date.

 


 

March 30, 2005

 

Bernie Stadiem Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - I received an email today from Bernie's friend informing me of his passing on Monday, March 28, 2005. Through several emails and his photos, I became friends with Bernie and am greatly saddened at his passing. The Bernie Stadiem Collection gallery is now my memorial to this Midway Sailor and it is my hope that Bernie lives on in our memories through these photographs and slides.

 


 

March 29, 2005

 

My March 2005 USS Midway / SDACM Trip - I finally have the eight rolls of 35mm film developed & am now working to get these photos online. In today's update, I have added 37 new photos in the following galleries:

Aircraft Restoration Hangar: 05 new photos in the Miscellaneous gallery.

Island Photos: 02 new photos.

Views of Midway from San Diego Bay: 30 new photos.

 

NAS North Island - added 12 new photos I took earlier this month.

 

San Diego, California ~ March 2005 City Photos - added four new photos I took earlier this month.

 

San Diego, California ~ March 2005 Harbor Excursion Photos - added 52 new photos I took earlier this month.

 


 

March 28, 2005

 

Flight Deck Messages in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo.

 

Flight Operations in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo in the F-4 Phantom II gallery.

 

Sayonara Japan 1991 in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

March 27, 2005

 

R. Clinton Griffin Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 176 new photos in the following galleries:

Jan. 10, 2004 Bay Crossing: 07 new photos.

Elevator Number Four: 04 photos (new gallery).

Enlisted Berthing: 12 new photos.

Engine Control Room: 02 new photos.

Engine Room #1: 19 photos (new gallery).

Engine Room #3: 23 photos (new gallery).

Forward Mess Deck & Galley: 08 new photos.

Machine Shop: 32 photos (new gallery).

Metal Shop: 02 photos (new gallery).

Midway University: 21 photos (new gallery).

Miscellaneous Photos: 02 new photos.

Ordnance Control Room: 06 photos (new gallery).

Pump Room #3: 03 new photos.

USS Gambier Bay Model Donation: 35 photos (new gallery).

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

March 21, 2005

 

Midway's Awards in the USS Midway section - added 11 new photos of Midway's ribbon board.

 

Air-to-Air Victories in Vietnam in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - Just when I thought I was finished documenting Midway's MiG kills during Vietnam, here's even more! - added four new photos & an article about Midway's MiG-19 kills in 1972.

 

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

 

Cunningham & Driscoll ~ MiG Aces - added a detailed account of Cunningham & Driscoll's five MiG kills.

 

USS Midway & LCHS guest books - added new entries, bringing them up to date.

 


 

March 20, 2005

 

1950's Miscellaneous in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added two new photos, courtesy of John Conway.

 

VAQ-136 Commanding Officers in the VAQ-136 section - added new information about CDR Meier relieving CDR Bohan in February 2005.

 

San Diego, California ~ March 2005 City Photos - a new gallery of 88 photos I took during my trip to San Diego earlier this month.

 

San Diego, California ~ March 2005 Harbor Excursion Photos - a new gallery of 57 photos I took while on a harbor excursion during my trip to San Diego earlier this month.

 

March 2005 In-flight Photos ~ Chicago, Illinois & San Diego, California - a new gallery of 48 photos I took while on my trip to San Diego earlier this month.

 


 

March 19, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Souvenirs & Miscellaneous in the USS Midway section - added one new item.

 

Memorabilia - SDACM Souvenirs in the USS Midway section - added 14 new items.

 

2000's Miscellaneous in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added two new photos.

 

SDACM Jet Shop in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 25 new photos.

 

VAQ-136 Patch Collection in the VAQ-136 section - added one new patch.

 

VAQ-136 Spaces aboard USS Midway in the VAQ-136 section - added three new photos.

 

My Patch Collection - added one new patch in the VAQ-136 Gauntlets gallery.

 

Aircraft Carrier Memorial - added 31 new photos.

 

A-7 Corsair II - added 15 new photos.

 

CH-46 Sea Knight - added 20 new photos.

 

F-4 Phantom II - added 74 new photos.

 

F-14 Tomcat - added 18 new photos.

 

Ocean Sunsets - added 20 new photos.

 

S-2 Tracker & C-1 Trader - added 30 new photos.

 

SH-2 Seasprite - added eight new photos.

 

SH-3 Sea King - added 14 new photos.

 

Sailing Ships - added four new photos.

 

Smaller Ships - added two new photos.

 

Texans & SNJ's - added six new photos.

 

UH-1 Huey - added 11 new photos.

 

USS Coral Sea - added one scan of a ship's plaque, courtesy of John Dommers.

 

USS Nimitz - added 15 new photos.

 

USS Ronald Reagan - added seven new photos.

 


 

March 17, 2005

 

My March 2005 USS Midway / SDACM Trip - added 181 new photos in the following galleries:

Bridge & Island Spaces: 46 photos (new gallery). Photos of the Main Bridge, Captain's At-Sea Cabin, Chart Room, Unrep Bridge, etc.

Flight Deck Control: 09 photos (new gallery). Photos of Flight Deck Control.

Pri-Fly: 17 photos (new gallery). Photos of Pri-Fly & views of the flight deck.

Souvenirs: added 02 new items & a complete scan of the 1945 USS Midway guide book reproduction.

Views of Midway from the pier: 107 photos (new gallery) Photos taken at all angles from the pier.

 

Today's update completes all the digital photos of USS Midway I took during my recent trip to San Diego. I still have eight rolls of 35mm film to be developed, although not all of those photos will be of Midway. With the digital photos completed, My March 2005 USS Midway / SDACM Trip gallery now has 1,377 photos & souvenir items in 29 sub-galleries. I will add the 35mm film photos as soon as they are developed.

 

In addition to these photos, I will also be adding a gallery of San Diego city photos, along with the nine photo cd's I received from Clint Griffin when I met him in San Diego.

 


 

March 16, 2005

 

My March 2005 USS Midway / SDACM Trip - added 161 new photos in the following galleries:

Island Photos: 100 photos (new gallery). Photos of the island structure.

Flight Deck: 61 photos (new gallery). Photos of the flight deck area.

 


 

March 15, 2005

 

My March 2005 USS Midway / SDACM Trip - added 116 new photos in the following galleries:

Barber Shop: 04 photos (new gallery). Photos showing the barber shop in the forward mess deck area.

Hangar Bay: 73 photos (new gallery). Photos showing various exhibits throughout both hangar bays.

Post Office: 08 photos (new gallery). Photos showing the post office.

Various Spaces & Passageways: 31 photos (new gallery). Photos showing several spaces & passageways around the ship. Spaces include: LOX Plant, Mach 1's Top Gun room, Machine & Metal Shops, Ordnance Control, ship's stores, SINS Room, etc.

 

I also enhanced & lightened 23 Fo'c'scle photos, 17 Jet Shop photos & 16 Circle of Friends Ceremony & Dance photos because the originals were very dark. These changes have brought out more details in the photos.

 


 

March 14, 2005

 

My March 2005 USS Midway / SDACM Trip - added 77 new photos in the following galleries:

Aft Mess Deck: 35 photos (new gallery). Photos of the aft mess deck & galley area.

Forward Mess Deck: 42 photos (new gallery). Photos of the forward mess deck & galley area. This is the site of the Midway University Docent training & will not be open to the public.

 


 

March 13, 2005

 

My March 2005 USS Midway / SDACM Trip - added 430 new photos in the following galleries:

Aircraft Exhibits aboard Midway: 273 photos (new gallery). Photos of all the display aircraft aboard Midway.

Engineering: 21 photos (new gallery). Photos of the newly restored Medical spaces.

Fantail: 08 photos (new gallery). Photos showing the fantail area.

Fo'c'scle: 32 photos (new gallery). Photos showing the newly restored Fo'c'scle.

Medical: 27 photos (new gallery). Photos of the soon-to-be-open Engineering spaces.

Pier & Sponsons: 30 photos (new gallery). Photos showing the pier area & sponsons.

Sunsets & other ships: 39 photos (new gallery). Photos of sunsets & other ships in San Diego Bay.

 


 

March 12, 2005

 

My March 2005 USS Midway / SDACM Trip - added 262 new photos in the following galleries:

Aircraft Restoration Hangar: 215 photos (new gallery). This gallery includes photos of the following: SBD-1 Dauntless, F9F-5 Panther, F9F-8P Cougar, F9F-8T Cougar, F-4S Phantom II, F/A-18A Hornet, A-4F Skyhawk, RA-5C Vigilante, US-3A Viking, VH-34D Choctaw & many miscellaneous items.

Views of Midway from San Diego Bay: 47 photos (new gallery) These photos were taken from a harbor excursion vessel, a water taxi & the San Diego-to-Coronado ferry.

 

USS Midway & LCHS guest books - added new entries, bringing them up to date.

 


 

March 11, 2005

 

My March 2005 USS Midway / SDACM Trip - a new gallery of 150 photos I took during my trip to San Diego, California last week. These photos are the first of many I will be uploading over the next week. The first eight sub-galleries are:

Aircraft Carrier Memorial: 31 photos.

Circle of Friends Ceremony & Dance: 25 photos.

Enlisted Berthing: 12 photos.

Jet Shop: 26 photos.

Junior Officer Bunkroom: 06 photos.

Photos of me around Midway: 11 photos.

Souvenirs: 13 photos.

USS Midway Model at the Train Station: 26 photos.

 

My Photos - added 11 new photos of me taken during my trip to San Diego, California last week.

 


 

March 10, 2005

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added many new entries, bringing it up to date.

 

Personal Note:

I have just returned from my third trip to San Diego since January 2004. During this trip, I was able to tour Midway / SDACM & saw several new exhibits & aircraft. I was also able to revisit the USS Midway Aircraft Restoration Hangar, which is located at NAS North Island. I met up with many old friends & was finally able to meet several new ones. I was also finally able to meet Clint Griffin, who gave me nine new cd's for his photo collection on this site.

 

I was armed with both my old 35 mm camera, as well as my newer digital camera. I took eight rolls of film with the 35 mm & over 1,600 photos with the digital camera. Although I will not use all the photos on this site, I do plan on using many & they will show how Midway looks as a museum today. Some of the highlights in the new gallery will be: Fo'c'scle, Medical, Midway University, Ordnance Control, Junior Officer's Bunkroom, and the Circle of Friends donor ceremony. I also have new photos of the restoration work being performed on the RA-5C Vigilante, A-4F Skyhawk, SBD-1 Dauntless, F/A-18A Hornet, as well as the other previously restored aircraft. A new aspect for this trip was several harbor excursions, where I took many photos of Midway from a whole new perspective.

 

I am currently in-work on getting these photos online & expect to have the first photos available for viewing very soon. Please be patient & check back in the next couple of days for the new photos.

 


 

March 03, 2005

 

USS Midway & VAQ-136 guest books - added new entries, bringing them up to date.

 

0030 hours:

Just a small update today before I hop in a cab to the airport at 0400. One plane change in Chicago & a couple of hours later, I'm back aboard Midway :)

 

Both of my cameras (digital & 35 mm) are packed, along with an extra bag to carry back Midway Jet Shop souvenirs. As a reminder, I will be offline with very limited email access from today until Thursday, March 9th. Arrangements have been made for another tour of Midway's Aircraft Restoration Hangar, where I will have access to all aircraft, including the F9F-5 Panther, F/A-18A Hornet, A-4F Skyhawk, RA-5C Vigilante, SBD-1 Dauntless & all the other projects in work. I will also finally meet Clint Griffin in person (Clint is the official volunteer photographer for the SDACM). Clint will be giving me no less than eight cd's full of new photos for his galleries on this site & they will be online soon after my return home.

 


 

February 28, 2005

 

San Diego, California - a new gallery of 87 photos I took during two visits to San Diego in 2004.

 


 

February 27, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Cruise Books in the USS Midway section - added a cover scan of the 1950 cruise book.

 

Air-to-Air Victories in Vietnam in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added two new photos & an article about Midway's MiG kills in 1972 & 1973.

 

1960's Flight Operations in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added three new photos.

 

1970's Miscellaneous in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo & an article about Midway's MiG kills in 1972 & 1973.

 

Cunningham & Driscoll ~ MiG Aces - added one photo of the two aircraft Cunningham & Driscoll flew when they shot down their five MiG's & one chart of the five MiG's they shot down.

 


 

February 26, 2005

 

1960's Flight Operations in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added three new photos.

 

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

 

SDACM Jet Shop in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - a new gallery of 19 photos showing the SDACM's gift shop.

 

Bill Purcell Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 27 new photos & three videos in the following galleries:

Bunny Slopes: 02 new photos.

Display Aircraft: 09 new photos.

Flight Deck: 01 new video.

Hangar Bay: 02 new photos & 01 new video.

July 4, 2004 Fireworks: 01 new video.

Medical: 10 photos (new gallery).

Miscellaneous: 01 new photo.

Pier Photos: 03 new photos.

 

R. Clinton Griffin Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 35 new photos in the following galleries:

Island & Bridge Spaces: 02 new photos.

Officer Country: 20 new photos.

Task Force Command & Control Room: 13 photos (new gallery).

 

USS Midway & VAQ-136 guest books - added new entries, bringing them up to date.

 


 

February 25, 2005

 

Flight Deck Messages in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - replaced one photo with a larger & better quality version.

 

R. Clinton Griffin Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - created a new Forward Mess Deck gallery with 17 photos & added two new photos in the Miscellaneous gallery.

 


 

February 24, 2005

 

Air-to-Air Victories in Vietnam in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added a new graphic showing the eight confirmed MiG kills made by aircraft flying from Midway during the Vietnam War. On February 17th, I had reported that there were now nine MiG kills made by Midway aircraft. After further research and discussion with experts, I have modified all documentation on this site to show the record as eight confirmed and one probable. When I receive positive confirmation of this possible ninth MiG kill, I will change all documentation to show it as confirmed. What does this mean? It simply means that I got a little excited by discovering a previously unknown MiG kill. It does change Midway's history simply by the fact that it is a probable kill and is merely waiting for positive confirmation. It's still an important find and yes, I'm still excited by it!

 

2000's Miscellaneous in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added five new photos.

 

R. Clinton Griffin Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 23 new photos in the following galleries:

Emergency Generator Room: 01 new photo.

Display Aircraft: 01 new photo.

Barber Shop: 10 photos (new gallery).

Brig: 07 photos (new gallery).

November 11, 2004 Naturalization Ceremony: 04 photos (new gallery).

 

VAQ-136 Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

February 22, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Ship Newspapers, Newsletters & Messages in the USS Midway section - added a copy of the February 28, 1946 issue of Midway News.

 


 

February 21, 2005

 

Steve Ward Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo in the SDACM Miscellaneous Photos gallery & one new photo in the SDACM Display Aircraft gallery.

 

USS Midway & VAQ-136 guest books - added new entries, bringing them up to date.

 


 

February 20, 2005

 

Minneapolis & Minnesota - a new gallery of 249 photos I've taken around Minneapolis & Minnesota in the last couple of years.

 

Utah - a new gallery of 115 photos I took during two visits to Salt Lake City.

 

USS Midway & VAQ-136 guest books - added new entries, bringing them up to date.

 

ANOTHER TRIP TO SAN DIEGO HAS JUST BEEN APPROVED & CONFIRMED!

I will be taking another trip to San Diego from Thursday, March 3rd through Tuesday, March 8th. The main reason for this trip, of course, is to visit USS Midway / SDACM once more. There is an SDACM Circle of Friends awards ceremony scheduled for Saturday, March 5th & I am also in-work on arranging another tour of the Midway Aircraft Restoration Hangar. It should be a great trip (although not as many days as I would like) & I should return with some great photos.

 


 

February 19, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Koku Fan Magazine Articles in the USS Midway section - added three new articles, courtesy of Buzz Nau.

 

Memorabilia - Magazine & Newspaper Articles in the USS Midway section - added one new San Diego Union Tribune article, courtesy of Bill Purcell, via Buzz Nau.

 

Memorabilia - Souvenirs & Miscellaneous in the USS Midway section - added one new item, courtesy of Buzz Nau.

 

Midway's Aircraft in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo in the SBD-1 Dauntless gallery, two new photos in the F/A-18A Hornet gallery & ten new photos in the RA-5C Vigilante gallery.

 

Robert Anderson Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added five new photos in the SDACM Miscellaneous Photos gallery & seven new photos in the Aircraft Aboard Midway gallery.

 

VAQ-136 USS Midway Era Private Photos - added three new photos.

 

My Patch Collection - added one patch in my Wanted gallery.

 

Utah to Minnesota In-flight Photos - a new gallery of 82 photos I took while flying from Salt Lake City, Utah to Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 25, 2004. Yeah, I know these photos have nothing to do with USS Midway & aren't even military related like most everything else on this site, but I've always loved the view from 30,000 feet & these are pretty cool photos.

 


 

February 18, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Cruise Books in the USS Midway section - added a cover scan of the 1984 ~ 1985 cruise book, courtesy of Ron Heyer.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

February 17, 2005

 

Midway's History in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added recently declassified information I discovered about the first MiG kills of the Vietnam war, which were accomplished by VF-21 aircraft flying from Midway on June 17, 1965.

 

Air-to-Air Victories in Vietnam in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added eight new photos & three stories, including an article about the first MiG kills of the Vietnam war. This article is special because it possibly changes the history of the June 17, 1965 double MiG-17 kills. As it turns out, there may have been three MiG-17's shot down that day, instead of the two listed in all previous accounts. CDR L. Page & LT J. C. Smith, Jr. shot down the first MiG of the Vietnam war. LT J. E. Batson & LCDR R. B. Doremus shot down another MiG during the same engagement. Recently declassified documentation of this action now shows LT Batson & LCDR Doremus being credited with an additional MiG, resulting from debris from their first kill being ingested by that MiG's wingman. Until I receive positive confirmation of this kill being credited, I will only list it as a probable. If it does turn out to be true, the total number of MiG's shot down by aircraft flying from Midway would not be eight as previously reported, but would actually be nine!

 

1960's Flight Operations in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added ten new photos, including an article about the first MiG kills of the Vietnam war.

 

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

 

Flight Operations in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added four new photos in the A-7 Corsair II gallery.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

February 15, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Patch Collection in the USS Midway section - added one new patch, courtesy of Terry Killham.

 

VAQ-136 USS Midway Era Private Photos - added one new photo, courtesy of Scott Guido.

 

VAQ-136 USS Kitty Hawk Era USN Photos - updated two photos with larger & better quality versions.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

February 14, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Souvenirs & Miscellaneous in the USS Midway section - added one new item.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

February 13, 2005

 

Museum News - added one new San Diego Tribune article, courtesy of Bill Purcell.

 

USS Midway Links - added three new links.

 

1950's Miscellaneous in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo, courtesy of Bob Van Jones.

 

1980's Miscellaneous in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo, courtesy of Scott Guido.

 

1990's Miscellaneous in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added two new photos, courtesy of Scott Guido.

 

Aircraft Flyovers in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo, courtesy of Scott Guido.

 

Flight Deck Messages in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo, courtesy of Scott Guido.

 

Flight Operations in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 12 new photos, courtesy of Scott Guido.

 

Port Visits in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added three new photos, courtesy of Scott Guido.

 

Rockin' & Rollin' in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo, courtesy of Scott Guido.

 

Unrep & Vertrep in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo, courtesy of Scott Guido.

 

Battleships - added eight new photos & two new memorabilia items.

 

Hawaiian Memorials - added a 1988 USS Arizona Memorial brochure from my collection, along with a 1992 version, courtesy of Eddie Miller.

 

USS Coral Sea - added three new photos.

 

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt - added six new photos.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

February 12, 2005

 

R. Clinton Griffin Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - created a new San Diego Gulls Hockey Team Cheerleaders gallery with three photos.

 

VAQ-136 USS Kitty Hawk Era USN Photos - added four new photos.

 

USS Intrepid - a new gallery of 13 photos & three memorabilia items.

 

USS John F. Kennedy - added one new photo.

 


 

February 11, 2005

 

Robert Anderson Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added ten new photos in the SDACM Miscellaneous Photos gallery showing the new Fo'c'scle & Junior Officer Bunkroom exhibits.

 

F-105 Thunderchief's over Vietnam - a new gallery of ten photos showing F-105 Thunderchief's from the 388th TFW in combat over Vietnam, courtesy of Ralph H., via Paul Jarvis.

 


 

February 10, 2005

 

Midway's Aircraft in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 24 photos of the newly arrived RA-5C Vigilante.

 

R. Clinton Griffin Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added two new photos in the Officer Country gallery.

 

My Patch Collection - added one new patch in the U.S. Military Bases gallery. Also added two patches in my Wanted gallery.

 

F-14 Tomcat - added two new photos, courtesy of Frank Day.

 

S-2 Tracker - added two new photos, courtesy of Frank Day.

 

SH-3 Sea King - added nine new photos, courtesy of Eddie Miller (seven) & Buzz Nau (two).

 

USS Hornet - added 29 new photos, courtesy of Frank Day.

 

USS Midway, VAQ-136 & LCHS guest books - added new entries in all three guest books, bringing them up to date.

 


 

February 06, 2005

 

Final EA-3B Whale Launch & Recovery in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - a new gallery of nine photos, courtesy of Eddie Miller & Gene Hall.

 

Eddie Miller Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 86 new photos & one newspaper article to the following galleries:

Index Page: 01 new photo.

USS Midway: 09 new photos.

CVW-5: divided this gallery into smaller sections & added two new categories & 66 new photos.

Liberty Photos: 04 new photos.

Midway Memorabilia: 01 newspaper article.

Midway VIP's: 03 new photos.

Sunset Photos: 03 new photos.

 

VAQ-136 USS Midway Era Private Photos - added eight new photos in the Eddie Miller section.

 


 

February 05, 2005

 

Midway's Aircraft in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 24 new photos in the following galleries:

A-4F Skyhawk: 06 new photos.

F-4N Phantom: 16 new photos.

Miscellaneous: 02 new photos.

 

R. Clinton Griffin Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - created a new Officer Country gallery with 14 photos.

 

Squadron Cruises in the VAQ-136 Gauntlets section - added updated deployment information.

 


 

February 02, 2005

 

Flight Operations in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - replaced one photo in the F-4 Phantom gallery with a larger & better quality version.

 

R. Clinton Griffin Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo of Clint aboard Midway:

 

USS Coral Sea - added one new photo.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

January 31, 2005

 

Memorabilia - SDACM Souvenirs in the USS Midway section - created a new gallery by dividing the original Midway Souvenirs gallery into two galleries: USS Midway Souvenirs & SDACM Souvenirs. The new gallery is made up of 36 items, three of which are new.

 

LCHS Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

January 30, 2005

 

Midway's Awards in the USS Midway section - added four new photos of Midway's ribbon board, courtesy of Clint Griffin.

 

Robert Anderson Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 26 new photos in the Aircraft Restoration Hangar gallery.

 

R. Clinton Griffin Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 130 new photos in the following galleries:

Aft Mess Deck & Galley: 20 new photos.

Aircraft On-Load (28SEP04): 17 photos (new gallery).

Bay Crossing: replaced four photos & added one new photo.

Display Aircraft: 14 new photos.

Hangar Bay: 34 new photos.

Island Exterior: 09 photos (new gallery).

Jet Shop: replaced seven photos & added three new photos.

Machine Shop: 02 new photos.

Miscellaneous: 04 new photos.

Views from the Pier: 26 new photos.

 

LCHS Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

January 29, 2005

 

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

 

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

 

Flight Operations in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 17 new photos in the following galleries:

F-4 Phantom: 01 new photo.

F/A-18 Hornet: 07 new photos.

A-6 Intruder: 02 new photos.

E-2 Hawkeye: 04 new photos.

SH-3 Sea King: 03 new photos.

 

Carrier Air Wing Five in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 15 new photos in the following galleries:

VFA-151: 03 new photos.

VFA-192: 01 new photo.

VA-115: 01 new photo.

VAW-115: 04 new photos.

HS-12: 03 new photos.

Miscellaneous: 03 new photos.

 

Underway in the 1980's in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added three new photos & replaced one photo with a larger & better quality version.

 

San Diego Web Cam in the USS Midway section - added three new screenshots.

 


 

January 28, 2005

 

USS Ticonderoga - added a shoulder rocker patch, courtesy of Chet Morris.

 

My Patch Collection - added two new White House related patches in the U.S. Military Bases gallery. Also added one new patch in the U.S. Navy Ships gallery. Once again, a big Thank You! goes to Chet Morris for giving me these patches for my collection.

 

USS Midway & VAQ-136 guest books - added new entries, bringing them up to date.

 


 

January 26, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Ship Newspapers, Newsletters & Messages in the USS Midway section - added two items relating to the 1955 Wog Day: The January 05, 1955 Early Tide special edition & the January 06, 1955 Plan of the Day.

 

USS Independence - added 17 new photos.

 

USS Ranger - added 26 air plan cartoons, courtesy of Eddie Miller.

 


 

January 25, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Souvenirs & Miscellaneous in the USS Midway section - added an officer's cap, which belonged to an Ensign Robert S. Clark, USS Midway, CVB-41. I have possibly dated this item to late 1945 & am waiting for confirmation. This item is courtesy of Ronald Chapman.

 

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

 

R. Clinton Griffin Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added two new photos of the island's newly lighted "41" in the Island & Bridge gallery.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

January 24, 2005

 

Midway's Aircraft in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 12 photos of the newly arrived A-4F Skyhawk.

 

VAQ-136 Gauntlets - added a new logo to almost all of the pages in this section. The new logo is taken from the back of the new t-shirt I just added in the VAQ-136 Memorabilia section.

 

VAQ-136 Memorabilia - added a squadron t-shirt.

 

USS Independence - added a ship sweatshirt.

 


 

January 23, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Calendars in the USS Midway section - a new gallery with the 1989, 1990 & 1991 Midway calendars & the 1992 Indy calendar. Each calendar has many photos of the ships & air wing. The Indy calendar is included because of its Midway & CVW-5 photos.

 

USS Oriskany - a new gallery with 12 photos, two of which are courtesy of Chet Morris. Also included a Houston Post newspaper article about Oriskany becoming an artificial reef, courtesy of Eddie Miller.

 

USS Independence - added a 1992 ship's calendar.

 

USS Ticonderoga - added a 25th Anniversary booklet from 1969, courtesy of Chet Morris.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

January 22, 2005

 

VAQ-136 USS Kitty Hawk Era Private Photos - added three new photos.

 

VAQ-136 USS Kitty Hawk Era USN Photos - added one new photo.

 

USS Coral Sea - added one new photo & a new article from Sea Classics magazine.

 


 

January 21, 2005

 

Carrier Air Wing Five Memorabilia - added a scan of an Air Wing Five T-Shirt.

 

LCHS Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

January 20, 2005

 

VADM H. S. Duckworth Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - a new gallery with 45 photos from the personal collection of Midway's second commanding officer. Most of these photos were taken in 1946 by then Captain Duckworth & show many scenes from Operation FROSTBITE, along with other events. - Courtesy of John Duckworth, VADM Duckworth's son.

 

1946 F4U-5 Corsair Crash in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - a new gallery with 15 photos.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

January 19, 2005

 

SDACM Help Requests in the USS Midway section - Pete Clayton has narrowed his search down to just a few more items. If anyone can help with the accidents shown on the Help Request page, please contact me ASAP!

 

Memorabilia - Patch Collection in the USS Midway section - added one new patch, courtesy of James A. Brown.

 

B-17 Flying Fortress - added one new photo, courtesy of Deane Nau.

 

B-25 Mitchell - added two new photos, courtesy of Deane Nau.

 


 

January 18, 2005

 

VAQ-136 Patch Collection in the VAQ-136 section - added two new patches.

 

B-17 Flying Fortress - added one new photo, courtesy of Deane Nau (Buzz Nau's dad).

 

My Patch Collection - added two new patches in the VAQ-136 Gauntlets gallery.

 


 

January 17, 2005

 

R. Clinton Griffin Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 12 photos in the new Main Control & Pump Room 3 galleries.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

January 16, 2005

 

1984 VA-56 A-7E Corsair II Crash in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - a new gallery with eight photos.

 

1970's & 1980's Flight Ops in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - split this gallery into categorized sections & added 49 new photos.

 

Dry Dock ~ 1980's in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added four new photos.

 

1980's Port Visits in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 13 new photos.

 

1980's Miscellaneous in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added ten new photos.

 

1990's Miscellaneous in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added two new photos.

 

USS Midway Links - added three new links.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

January 15, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Ceremonies & Events in the USS Midway section - added the 1957 (re)commissioning program, courtesy of Buzz Nau.

 

Miscellaneous in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added a new graphic depicting the three Midway class carriers.

 

Gene Hall Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added a new gallery of 31 photos showing Midway Crossing San Diego Bay on January 10, 2004.

 

Scott Hadley Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added two new photos, courtesy of Eddie Miller - Scott's brother-in-law.

 

VAQ-136 Spaces aboard USS Midway in the VAQ-136 section - added two new photos, courtesy of Gene Hall.

 

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt - added one new article from All Hands magazine.

 

My Patch Collection - added two new patches in the U.S. Navy Ships gallery.

 

My Photos - added four new photos taken during my trip to San Diego in January 2004.

 


 

January 14, 2005

 

Memorabilia - All Hands Magazine Articles in the USS Midway section - a new memorabilia section featuring articles about USS Midway from the Navy's All Hands magazine.

 

Memorabilia - Koku Fan Magazine Articles in the USS Midway section - a new memorabilia section featuring articles about USS Midway from the Japanese Koku Fan magazine.

 

Memorabilia - Naval Aviation News Articles in the USS Midway section - added one new article in the 1990's section. I had thought this project was completed, but now I'm discovering more articles into 1994 & beyond. I am also going back prior to 1945, looking into when Midway's keel was laid & other articles about the ship being built. I have also discovered another source of articles in the form of All Hands magazine, so it looks like my Adobe Acrobat program won't be resting anytime soon.

 

1950's Miscellaneous in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - replaced two photos with larger & better quality versions.

 

R. Clinton Griffin Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - Created a new Jet Shop sub-gallery with seven photos.

 

Steve Ward Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo of the island's newly lighted "41" in the Miscellaneous gallery.

 

VAQ-136 Memorabilia - added one new article from Naval Aviation News.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

January 12, 2005

 

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

 

2000's Miscellaneous in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added one new photo.

 

Midway's Aircraft in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added 16 photos of the newly arrived SBD-1 Dauntless & several Aircraft Engines.

 

My Patch Collection - added one new patch in the U.S. Military Bases gallery. This new patch is from the White House Communications Agency & it's not something you see every day. A big Thank You to Chet Morris for giving me this patch for my collection.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

January 09, 2005

 

SDACM Help Requests in the USS Midway section - Pete Clayton has put out a request for a photo of Midway aircraft bombing over Vietnam. If anyone can help with the photo shown on the Help Request page, please contact me ASAP!

 

R. Clinton Griffin Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - Added 99 new photos in the following galleries:

Bay Crossing: 37 photos (new gallery).

Opening Day: 29 photos (new gallery).

MiG Kill Painting Ceremony: 19 photos (new gallery).

Mess Decks & Galley: 01 new photo.

Metal & Machine Shops: 01 new photo.

Miscellaneous: 01 photo (new gallery).

Pier Photos: 02 new photos.

SINS Room: 09 photos (new gallery).

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 

Site Awards - Received the 2005 Golden Anchor Award from The Deck Plate.com. The citation reads:

MidwaySailor.com ~ An excellent website, dedicated to USS Midway (CV-41), and the Sailors who brought that proud ship to life. The Midway was a vital link in America's chain of defense for more than 50 years. For those of us who remember Gonzo Station, Rockin' Romeo, and the Tokyo Bay Yacht Club, the words 'Midway Magic' will always have special meaning. MidwaySailor.com earns our Bravo Zulu, and our Golden Anchor award.

 


 

January 08, 2005

 

Midway Cruises & Deployments in the USS Midway section - added new information about the 09 JAN ~ 05 MAY 1952 Mediterranean Cruise, courtesy of John Gabbard.

 

SDACM Help Requests in the USS Midway section - Pete Clayton still needs more information on Air Wing Five accidents for his book, which is going to publication soon. If anyone has information on these, please contact me ASAP!

 

Gene Hall Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added a new gallery of 49 photos showing Midway's Arrival in San Diego on January 05, 2004. Gene took these photos from a helicopter and they are incredible shots!

 


 

January 07, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Magazine & Newspaper Articles in the USS Midway section - added one new article, courtesy of Eddie Miller.

 

Bob Hope's 1987 Christmas Show in the USS Midway section - added one new photo, courtesy of Eddie Miller.

 

Scott Guido Collection in the USS Midway section - A new gallery with nine movies of Midway at sea in 1985. These videos are used with permission from Scott's USS Midway Photo Lab web site.

 

Eddie Miller Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - added nine new photos & one newspaper article to the following galleries:

Index Page: 01 new photo.

CVW-5: 05 new photos.

Midway VIP's: 01 new photo.

Midway Memorabilia: 01 new photo & 01 newspaper article.

Friends & Foes: 01 new photo.

 

Cruisers - added one new photo, courtesy of Eddie Miller.

 

Subic Bay / Cubi Point, Philippines - added one new photo, courtesy of Eddie Miller.

 

USS Coral Sea - added two new articles from Naval Aviation News magazine. Also added one new photo, courtesy of Eddie Miller.

 

VA-115 Eagles in the Carrier Air Wing Five gallery of the Photo Galleries section - added one new photo, courtesy of Eddie Miller.

 

VAQ-136 & LCHS guest books - added new entries, bringing them up to date.

 


 

January 05, 2005

 

Midway Specifications in the USS Midway section - added one new plan-view drawing showing Midway in 1945.

 

Memorabilia - Naval Aviation News Articles in the USS Midway section - added 24 new articles in the 1990's section. This completes a project which has taken almost a year of reading through every issue of Naval Aviation News published from 1943 ~ 1993. This involved browsing through 533 Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) files & resulted in finding a total of 210 articles. Bob Dorais from USS Coral Sea.net was a big help in the beginning & we kept an eye out for Midway & Coral Sea articles for each other. I would like to express my thanks to Bob & also recommend USS Coral Sea.net as a must-see link to visit, as it's an outstanding tribute to one of Midway's sister ships.

 

VAQ-136 Memorabilia - added five new articles from Naval Aviation News.

 


 

January 04, 2005

 

P2V Neptune Launches in the USS Midway section - added one new photo.

 

Memorabilia - Naval Aviation News Articles in the USS Midway section - added 18 new articles in the 1980's section.

 

Midway Links in the USS Midway section - added 15 new links.

 

VAQ-136 Memorabilia - added one new article from Naval Aviation News.

 

Cunningham & Driscoll ~ MiG Aces - added a new article from Naval Aviation News magazine.

 


 

January 03, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Souvenirs & Miscellaneous in the USS Midway section - added five new items, both from my collection & also courtesy of Eddie Miller.

 


 

January 02, 2005

 

Gene Hall Collection in the USS Midway Photo Gallery section - A new gallery of 29 photos taken from 1987 ~ 1990 by Gene Hall, a former VAQ-136 Gauntlet.

 

Memorabilia - Naval Aviation News Articles in the USS Midway section - added 22 new articles in the 1980's section.

 

SDACM Help Requests in the USS Midway section - I have brought this section back, due to receiving two new requests for help from Karl Zingheim & Pete Clayton.

 

VAQ-136 Memorabilia - added two new articles from Naval Aviation News. Also added one 1989 article from Pacific Stars & Stripes newspaper, courtesy of Gene Hall.

 

VAQ-136 USS Midway Era Private Photos - divided this gallery into eight sub-galleries & added one new gallery of 17 photos, courtesy of Gene Hall.

 

USS Coral Sea - added one new photo from Naval Aviation News magazine.

 

USS Midway Guest Book - added new entries, bringing it up to date.

 


 

January 01, 2005

 

Memorabilia - Naval Aviation News Articles in the USS Midway section - added 17 new articles in the 1970's section.

 

San Diego Web Cam in the USS Midway section - added one new screenshot showing the island's 41 finally lit up!

 

NAF Misawa Air Shows - added a 1979 Naval Aviation News magazine article in the Memorabilia gallery.

 

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt - added two new articles from Naval Aviation News magazine.