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Title: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on November 09, 2008, 02:19:35 PM
Being a Midway Museum Volunteer I'll Start posting some of the 30 or so aircraft they have and some views of the ships spaces that have been restored and are open for public viewing .

See also:
www.midway.org
www.midwaysaircraft.org
www.cv41.org
www.midwaysailor.com
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on December 30, 2008, 03:20:23 PM
I went to The Midway Museum's Aircraft Restoration Hanger, Where skilled volunteers take aircraft in somewhat of a deplorable condition and turn it into a level 1 or level 2 displayable
condition. Here are some pics of F-4U Corsair that the Midway Museum got out of a barn in Riverside County. The aircraft was fairly well dissambled, but we got enough pieces to make a beautifully restored aircraft. There is still a lot of work to do.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on December 30, 2008, 03:24:44 PM
Here are a few pics of the work being done in the F-4U Corsair cockpit.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on December 30, 2008, 03:30:18 PM
Here are a few pics of the pieces not yet fittted up to the F-4U aircraft
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on December 30, 2008, 03:51:37 PM
Here are a few pics of an OV-1 Bird Dog aircraft that will be similar to the one flown aboard Midway at the end of he Vietnam War by a Vietnamese Army General with his family. The original aircraft is at The Naval Aviation Museum.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on December 30, 2008, 04:30:09 PM
Here are 3 pics of a F-4F  Wildcat that The Midway Museum Has.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on December 30, 2008, 04:38:28 PM
The Midway Museum has this SBD Dauntlass that was in work but has been tabled for now. The Midway Museum has an SBD Dauntlass on board the ship on display that is on loan frorm a private collection.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on December 30, 2008, 05:09:39 PM
The Midway Museum has this F-7U Cutlass also known as "The Gutless Cutlass" and "The Ensign Killer"
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on December 30, 2008, 05:19:02 PM
More F-7U Cutlass
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on December 30, 2008, 06:42:17 PM
Here are 3 classic propeller aircraft

1) A Navy Model SNJ-5 All Navy SNJ's were painted Yellow in case one went down, it was easily spotted from the air. The entire AT-6/SNJ production, only the -5 models were Navy aircraft. and the only aircraft with tailhooks.

2) A SNJ Dauntless, This particullar aircraft is on loan from a private collector, and is in very good condition.

3) A TBM Avenger produced by General Motors. This is a Midway Museum aircraft.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: Midnight Mover on December 30, 2008, 09:10:04 PM
Lot's of great shots 8) Looks like a lot of restoration work to do :o
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on December 31, 2008, 02:56:15 PM
Midways  Tomcat BUNO 158978. The gun assembly is from BUNO 161281.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on December 31, 2008, 03:53:47 PM
Some Phantom Pics for Damon
Title: SS
Post by: rander on December 31, 2008, 07:50:06 PM
Some other Midway Jets
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: phantomphan1974 on December 31, 2008, 10:58:52 PM
Midways  Tomcat BUNO 158978. The gun assembly is from BUNO 161281.
Who made the see thru access panels for the gun?  Thats pretty cool.  Neat idea.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: Midnight Mover on December 31, 2008, 11:01:18 PM
Who made the see thru access panels for the gun?  Thats pretty cool.  Neat idea.
Yep, I was thinking the same ;)
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on January 01, 2009, 08:51:41 AM
There is a place here in San Diego that will take the metal panels, make exact molds and make exact fitting clear plastic panels complete with fastener holes.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: Midnight Mover on January 01, 2009, 10:25:02 AM
There is a place here in San Diego that will take the metal panels, make exact molds and make exact fitting clear plastic panels complete with fastener holes.

Very cool 8) Thanks.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: phantomphan1974 on January 02, 2009, 07:02:34 AM
Our (Craig Kaston-aim9lima and myself) contributions to the Midway Museum.
http://www.midwaysaircraft.org/PhotoGalleries/f4n_gallery.htm (http://www.midwaysaircraft.org/PhotoGalleries/f4n_gallery.htm)
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: Midnight Mover on January 02, 2009, 07:15:48 AM
Very cool. Now that looked like a lot of fun 8)
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on January 03, 2009, 03:47:48 PM
This pic is for my buds at www.cv41.org. I can't crop this pic small enough to fit their site.

When USS midway was decommishioned in 1992, the yard workers at Bremerton removed the stained glass window and stored it in a warehouse. Two Midway Volunteers drove a pick up truck to Bremerton found the window and brought it back to San Diego, so the USS Midway Chapel could be fully restored.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on June 27, 2009, 05:24:45 PM
This USS Midway Museum F-4U-5 Corsair well be in the City of Coronado 4th of July Parade on Saturday July 4th.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on June 27, 2009, 05:42:32 PM
Three shots of ( I Think) the right wing of the F-4U-5 Corsair.  Both wings required heavy rework to get them to look something like original.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on June 27, 2009, 06:04:32 PM
A few pics of the Corsair in bright sunshine.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: WARBIRD KEITH on June 27, 2009, 07:42:18 PM
Nice shots Rander!  Dash 4 Corsair ;D
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: WARBIRD KEITH on June 27, 2009, 07:45:16 PM
A few pics of the Corsair in bright sunshine.


any chance you got a shot of the data plate? ;)
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on June 27, 2009, 08:47:31 PM

any chance you got a shot of the data plate? ;)

Negative on the data plate.  The guys at the hanger say its a -5 Corsair.  but then I haven't check for my self.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: Midnight Mover on June 27, 2009, 09:31:48 PM
A few pics of the Corsair in bright sunshine.

Very nice ;)
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: CAVU Mark on July 26, 2009, 07:33:16 AM
Another view
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: NikonGuy on July 27, 2009, 05:17:51 AM
Nice shot Mark.   ;)
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: Midnight Mover on July 27, 2009, 10:10:37 PM
Another view

Very nice ;)
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: kick Z tail out on July 28, 2009, 07:20:00 AM
I love the Midway. Beats the heck outta any land based museum!  8)
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: Realbigtaco on August 24, 2009, 09:15:15 AM
Had the chance to get on-board the USS Midway before the crowds for an article I’m writing in airshowstuff.com.  It was a fun little venture, had bad weather (May-gray in August!) for the shot, and I learned that shooting on this ship is not that easy.  There is lots of “Clutter” (i.e. benches, trash cans, stanchions, etc) around the planes that take away from the shot.  anyways here are a few of mine, again instead of wasting forum space here if you want to check out all 55 shots you can check them out here: http://socalaviation.net/USS_MIDWAY_PHOTO_SHOOT.html  (http://socalaviation.net/USS_MIDWAY_PHOTO_SHOOT.html)

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Anyone know if it is bad form to keep linking to your own site in a forum?
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: Josh on August 24, 2009, 09:27:31 AM
Anyone know if it is bad form to keep linking to your own site in a forum?

Depends on the forum. Here, we don't care. We're all photogs, so we know the feeling of posting all our stuff for each forum I'm sure.

Great stuff.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: phantomphan1974 on August 24, 2009, 10:07:09 AM
No worries on the photos.  Post away.  

As far as clutter I know what you mean.  When I first went there shortly after it opened they did not have all that like stanchions, benches and such. Now they do.  Partly probably some one did something to a plane and they had to keep them away.  I would have suggested if you where their early, you could have asked to move some of the lighter things out of the shot for that moment and put it back after the shot.  I do that sometimes at airshows like trash cans or firebottles.  Or I use my wide angle lens if the clutter is on the side.  

Nice shots still the same!!  Love some of the angle shots of the F-4's
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: Realbigtaco on August 24, 2009, 11:14:05 AM
No worries on the photos.  Post away.  

As far as clutter I know what you mean.  When I first went there shortly after it opened they did not have all that like stanchions, benches and such. Now they do.  Partly probably some one did something to a plane and they had to keep them away.  I would have suggested if you where their early, you could have asked to move some of the lighter things out of the shot for that moment and put it back after the shot.  I do that sometimes at airshows like trash cans or firebottles.  Or I use my wide angle lens if the clutter is on the side.  

Nice shots still the same!!  Love some of the angle shots of the F-4's

Thanks for the comments.

The one thing I moved in 95% of my shots was the big info board they put right in front of the plane.  Although board makes it sound light...this was a freaking 30 pound steel paper weight!  They were really awkward to move and i banged up my shines a couple of times, but it was well worth it.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: Midnight Mover on August 24, 2009, 07:26:05 PM
Great shots ;) I still need to go to the museum and get some shots, so thanks for the heads up on all the clutter ;)
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on September 26, 2009, 04:11:30 AM
We ARE the Best Museum – Again!

 

For the 3rd year in a row, your USS Midway Museum has taken First Place in local television station KGTV’s prestigious “A-List” for BEST MUSEUM.    We are very proud of this distinction!  To those of you who took the time to vote:  MANY THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!  It makes a difference.....

 

The Midway website also won a Bronze Bernays for external websites at the Public Relations Society of America awards dinner last Thursday.  (This is kind of like the Academy Awards for public relations practitioners.)

 

AND: They saluted the industry’s finest at Southern California Meetings + Events ’s   second annual  Best of 2009 awards celebration recently.   Lori Cartmill, Executive Assistant, was there to receive an award on behalf of the Midway.  The awards honor the dedication and creativity of local event professionals who have earned the respect and admiration of their clients and peers. The readers’ choice award winners were selected through online voting at scmeetingsmag.com. 

 



Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: phantomphan1974 on September 26, 2009, 08:19:41 AM
Wow that great.  Congrats to the museum and all the volunteers that make it a great one.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: Midnight Mover on September 26, 2009, 11:00:48 AM
Wow that great.  Congrats to the museum and all the volunteers that make it a great one.

Ditto, very cool <thumbup>
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on October 09, 2009, 11:19:12 AM
More Midway Museum News

 101 Things To Do

The 101 Things To Do: San Diego Magazine, a publication that we give away in the Visitor Information Center, ranked us Number 1 of all things to do in San Diego County.  Great work to all of you staff and volunteers who make this ship run smoothly, day in and day out.  Now let’s keep up the excellent work and maintain our Number 1status!

 

V/r,  Cody Bray  Visitor Information Center

Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on November 04, 2009, 01:03:53 AM
On November 11th the Midway Museum will hoist onboard their F-4U Corsair in a 3PM Pacific Time ceremony on the Flight Deck. The aircraft is curruntly in the FRCSW Paint Booth at NAS North Island. The Paint process will be complete on 11/10/09.  I am attempting to get some photos of the aircraft every day after work. All Veterans will be admitted free on Veterans Day. The San Diego Veterans Day Parade just happens to pass the Midway Fantail during the parade route I am planning to be onboard on Veterans Day, for the parade and for the onload of the F-4U.

THe San Diego Vteterans Day Parade is at this link
http://www.sdvetparade.org/
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: Realbigtaco on November 04, 2009, 09:53:54 AM
On November 11th the Midway Museum will hoist onboard their F-4U Corsair in a 3PM Pacific Time ceremony on the Flight Deck. The aircraft is curruntly in the FRCSW Paint Booth at NAS North Island. The Paint process will be complete on 11/10/09.  I am attempting to get some photos of the aircraft every day after work. All Veterans will be admitted free on Veterans Day. The San Diego Veterans Day Parade just happens to pass the Midway Fantail during the parade route I am planning to be onboard on Veterans Day, for the parade and for the onload of the F-4U.

THe San Diego Vteterans Day Parade is at this link
http://www.sdvetparade.org/

Do you know is it open to the public?  I mean i know the ship will probably still be, but how close access can we get.  I would love to get over there for that.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on November 05, 2009, 12:55:49 AM
Do you know is it open to the public?  I mean i know the ship will probably still be, but how close access can we get.  I would love to get over there for that.

Maybe for  while after the 3PM Crane Aboard Ceremony is over until the museum closes at 5PM. The wings will be spread on the aircraft. Thursday Morning the wings will get folded and the F-4U will be moved to the Hanger Bay for display.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on November 10, 2009, 07:02:25 PM
Heres some pics of Midways F-4U Corsair.

The last pic was posted on www.cv-41.org in the Midway forum under midway news/current events last page. www.bessler.com that supports CV-41.org, has an incredibilily small pic requirement 800 X 800 X175 thats why the last pic is numbered 04M.jpg.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: Midnight Mover on November 11, 2009, 06:14:34 PM
Very nice ;)
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on November 13, 2009, 07:11:13 PM
I was onboard The Midway Museum all day 11/11/09 meeting new vets and seeing former shipmates I had not seen in a while. The Ceremony to bring the F-4U aboard started at 3:00PM and through the hoopla the order to actuall get the F-4U onboard didn't come until slightly after 4:00PM and as  you can see from the pics it was getting very dark and for those with professional cameras the lighting was getting BAD Quickly.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: phantomphan1974 on November 14, 2009, 02:22:57 PM
Her Final landing (sort of)
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: Midnight Mover on November 21, 2009, 08:02:55 AM
Her Final landing (sort of)

Yep <laughing>
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: kick Z tail out on November 21, 2009, 01:01:55 PM
You make a good point...




They should have a special event once a month where they launch aircraft off the deck and then recover them. People could pay $200 a head or something to come shoot it. Or maybe even once a week. I can just see it now... "Tailhook Tuesdays" ;)
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: F104Jim on December 06, 2009, 03:56:07 PM
Great photos of the Corsair being lifted on the Midway. Saw it last Thursday ((12/3).

I was onboard The Midway Museum all day 11/11/09 meeting new vets and seeing former shipmates I had not seen in a while. The Ceremony to bring the F-4U aboard started at 3:00PM and through the hoopla the order to actuall get the F-4U onboard didn't come until slightly after 4:00PM and as  you can see from the pics it was getting very dark and for those with professional cameras the lighting was getting BAD Quickly.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: Code20photog on December 30, 2009, 01:12:59 AM
Take a 10mm lens, add in some great sky, and...

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2520/4228027540_1642255919.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/code20photog/4228027540/sizes/o/)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4019/4227257503_71f327a115.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/code20photog/4227257503/sizes/o/)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4015/4227256813_3c27f47c1a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/code20photog/4227256813/sizes/o/)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2622/4227256867_0aae21ca27.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/code20photog/4227256867/sizes/o/)

More photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/code20photog/sets/72157623099508898/

Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: Midnight Mover on December 30, 2009, 09:11:36 AM
Take a 10mm lens, add in some great sky, and...

Great set. I like the lens ;D
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: phantomphan1974 on December 31, 2009, 12:33:27 AM
Nice!   Got your cell phone shot yesterday.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on May 19, 2010, 11:55:20 AM
The Midway Museum is in the headlines again, see the link. The link I got from my monthly E-mail being a midway volunteer.

6. CHENG
the current issue of Chief Engineer Magazine features the Midway! http://www.chiefengineer.org/content/content_display.cfm/seqnumber_content/4228.htm

Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on October 22, 2010, 08:36:19 PM
I went to the USS Midways Aircraft Restoration Hanger to volunteer some time, shot some pics of thes Piasecki PV-18 HUP-2 Retriever Helo under going restoration at the North Island Hanger. The Rotor Blades have aluminum leading edges the rest is Spruce wood.
The Midway Museum is scheduling a mid February unload for this helo. The museum is going to use the Piasecki as part of the museums Tribute to 100 Years of Naval Aviation. The Tribute will be in February 2011.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on November 06, 2010, 05:20:49 PM
For Aero Engineer: The Midway Museum Is in work Restoring the F-4F Wildcat.

Some pics of Midways F-4F Wildcat undergoing restoration at North Island
in the second pic, F-4F.04 the left wing is in a roll over stand. the primerd part facing toward the camera is all that is left of the original metal. the rest will be all new aluminum.

In the third pic F-4F.06A are copies of original manufacturers drawings of wing spars held together with cleckos. once the NEW spars are test fit the cleckos will be replaced with rivits. Those drawings are courtesy of The Smithsonian Instution. The drawings show each part in it full size with precise measurements.

The 4th pic F-4F.03 shows what is left that is still useable. About 75% of the left wing will be new aluminum.

THe 5th pic F-4F.02 shows drawings for skin panels for the left wing.

Lastly pic 1 F-4F.01 and pic 7 F-4F.07, the green primer is new skin panels and fuselage ribbing that the volunteers, cut, test fit, and assembled to make the main fuselage complete.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: aero-engineer on November 07, 2010, 08:05:50 PM
For Aero Engineer: The Midway Museum Is in work Restoring the F-4F Wildcat.

Some pics of Midways F-4F Wildcat undergoing restoration at North Island

Rander,
That is some pretty neat stuff.

Although today the holes may be drilled by computer, the assy laser located, they still are temporarily held into place by cleckos.

Some things never change.

Kevin
aero-engineer
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on November 18, 2010, 10:13:15 AM
I found this on my Midway Volunteers E-mail that I get:

8.Centennial

A yearlong celebration of 100 years of Naval Aviation, covering the scope of all Naval Aviation activities, including aircraft, people, ships, innovations and significant events. This nationally sponsored series of events is scheduled to kick off Jan 2011 and continue throughout the year.  A major airshow is planned for February 12. Midway will obviously share in the celebration. More details will be forthcoming. In the meantime… I have decals, let me know if you want one. Or  visit:

http://www.public.navy.mil/airfor/centennial/Pages/welcome.aspx

Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: rander on December 28, 2010, 10:08:53 PM
The Midway Museums F-4F Wildcat is moving along slowl.

pic F-4F.07

 On 12/14/2010 foy the first time since 1940 this fuselage is supported by it's Main Landing Gear!

Pics F-4f.08, .09, .10
photos of the new wing spars built by the volunteer artisansbeing test fit in the wing assembly.
Title: Re: USS Midway Museum
Post by: Geoffrey Arnwine - Air Strike Images on July 06, 2017, 11:13:58 PM
Images from my visit last week!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4026/34937567393_5ae8d81704_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/VejazB)F4F-3 Wildcat @ USS Midway Museum (https://flic.kr/p/VejazB) by Geoffrey Arnwine (https://www.flickr.com/photos/arnwineaviation/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4266/34937564193_820d35fa72_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Vej9Cr)F/A-18A Hornet @ USS Midway Museum (https://flic.kr/p/Vej9Cr) by Geoffrey Arnwine (https://www.flickr.com/photos/arnwineaviation/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4044/35747034425_e451e2b542_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WsQTVK)F-14A Tomcat @ USS Midway Museum (https://flic.kr/p/WsQTVK) by Geoffrey Arnwine (https://www.flickr.com/photos/arnwineaviation/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4253/35359543450_34a9a896e7_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/VSAUmS)F-4N Phantom II @ USS Midway Museum (https://flic.kr/p/VSAUmS) by Geoffrey Arnwine (https://www.flickr.com/photos/arnwineaviation/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4215/35706620146_a0b384b303_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WpgLaQ)USS Midway Museum Flight Deck (https://flic.kr/p/WpgLaQ) by Geoffrey Arnwine (https://www.flickr.com/photos/arnwineaviation/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4206/35706614816_c560fdf56b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WpgJzW)EA-6B Prowler @ USS Midway Museum (https://flic.kr/p/WpgJzW) by Geoffrey Arnwine (https://www.flickr.com/photos/arnwineaviation/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4211/34937548493_7cfb33d9c1_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Vej4XK)F-8K Crusader @ USS Midway Museum (https://flic.kr/p/Vej4XK) by Geoffrey Arnwine (https://www.flickr.com/photos/arnwineaviation/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4287/35747016535_241440ecda_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/WsQNBi)A-4F Skyhawk @ USS Midway Museum (https://flic.kr/p/WsQNBi) by Geoffrey Arnwine (https://www.flickr.com/photos/arnwineaviation/), on Flickr