910 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Where better to celebrate the Battle of Midway’s sixty-fifth anniversary than aboard the ship that bears its name? The longest serving carrier in navy history, Midway sailed from World War II to Desert Storm but is now anchored peacefully off balmy downtown San Diego. A self-guided audio tour includes forty exhibits with some wry touches. (One exhibit is billed as “Flight Deck Spectacle—4 acres of chaotic ballet.”) The museum showcases twenty-one restored vintage aircraft, with more on the way. There are two different types of flight simulators to test drive. The docents love to tell stories and answer questions; many served on the ship, so they have history to share.
Originally published in the July/August 2007 issue of World War II Magazine. To subscribe, click here.