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Making Waves on the Midway « Katie & Charlie
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Making Waves on the Midway

We couldn’t be more excited to be having our wedding reception on the USS Midway (CV-41) Aircraft Carrier! The USS Midway Museum has been a prominent part of the San Diego Bay scenery for just over 8 years now.

 

But despite her rather short tenure in Southern California, the Midway has been making waves since hitting the waters in 1945. Besides being the first aircraft carrier to be commissioned in the post-WWII era, the Midway has a few other claims to fame:

 

•  She was the first war ship unable to pass through the Panama Canal due to size

 

•  Over 1,800 Americans fleeing the 1981 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines took refuge on the Midway as part of Operation Fiery Vigil

 

•  The Midway hosts over 250 nightly events each year – and surprisingly few weddings – her max capacity is 3,500 guests

 

•  There is an amateur radio station N161W in the radio room and it’s open to ham operators to use

 

•  Over 225,000 service members have served aboard the USS Midway, participating in active combat missions that included Vietnam, Desert Shield and Desert Storm

 

•  A volunteer team of aviation maintenance workers collaborate at a facility on N. Island in San Diego to restore the aircraft that are displayed on the Midway

 

•  The hometown heroes of San Diego State’s men’s basketball team will face off against Syracuse on the Midway flight deck on November 9, 2012

 

We hope you will spend some time exploring the over 60 exhibits and 25 restored aircraft during your time at USS Midway. To learn more about the Museum, visit www.midway.org.

 

 

One Response to “Making Waves on the Midway”

  1. Aunt Kathy says:

    Did you know that Gramps was in the US Navy during WW II? He spent three years on an aircraft carrier. That’s why I was born in Oakland CA. Gramps’ ship came into San Francisco and he was on leave when I was born. He loved the ship, especially the clear, starry nights and the full moon. He’d be thrilled that your reception is on an aircraft carrier. For sure, he’d examine everything on the ship. It must be in your genes somewhere. Can’t wait to see the ship myself.

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