The USS Midway was the longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Named after the June 1942 Battle of Midway, the naval ship was built in just 17 months but missed World War II by one week when commissioned on September 10, 1945. Midway was the first in a three-ship class of large carriers that featured an armored flight deck and a powerful air group of 120 planes.
The Midway has played critical roles in such conflicts as the Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf. In Operation Desert Storm, Midway served as the flagship for naval air forces in the Gulf and launched more than 3,000 combat missions with no losses. Its final duty was evacuating civilian personnel from Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines after the 20th century’s largest eruption of nearby Mount Pinatubo.
To read the full article, please refer to the November 2020 issue of InPark Magazine.
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