Port Buzz: USS Midway

San Diego’s USS Midway – a proud tradition.

Cruise visitors calling on San Diego will no doubt notice the aircraft carrier USS Midway. Spending time exploring the longest-serving American aircraft carrier of the 20th century is totally worth the time and effort.

The Buzz

It took 17 months to build the USS Midway. The keel was laid in 1942 and after that she was ready for action. The carrier cost $85.6 million to build and she was engaged in many tours from her inception until 1992 when USS Midways was decommissioned.

A visit to the aircraft carrier is a must see attraction in San Diego.

Although I have been to San Diego many times, I recently had an opportunity to discover what all the buzz was about. My only regret is that I waited so long to get onboard. There is so much history and information to be learned from the docents. The free audio tour is a great option for those wanting to get an immersive experience. Just walking around the flight deck and seeing the old planes with the background of San Diego Bay and wonderful views of Downtown is enough for those with limited time.


USS Midway welcome

USS Midway welcome


USS Midway airplane

USS Midway fighter

USS Midway flight deck

USS Midway alongside
USS Midway is 1001-feet long –  equivalent to  3 football fields.


USS Midway in San Diego
The USS Midway is ranked #1 San Diego attraction on tripadvisor.com


USS Midway
USS Midway – 4.02 acre flight deck


USS Midway phone a friend
There were 1,500 telephones on the Midway during her service.



Mission: To preserve, inspire, educate and entertain

Vision: To become America’s living symbol of freedom

The USS Midway Museum on San Diego Bay is one of San Diego’s most popular attractions and the most visited ship museum in the world. The decommissioned aircraft carrier museum features numerous aircraft displays and interactive exhibits honoring the hundreds of thousands of men who served on the ship for nearly 50 years. Visitors can also share in San Diego’s rich military and maritime history at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, San Diego Air & Space Museum, Veterans Museum & Memorial Center and the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial.

source:  ussmidway.org

Fast Facts – check out these stats about the USS Midway, click here.

Location – 910 N. Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego (92101) 619/544-9600 www.midway.org

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