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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

San Diego Getaway Part 2: USS Midway Museum

After spending few hours in Torrey Pines and Mount Soledad, we head up to downtown in San Diego because this is where you can find the USS Midway Museum.

The USS Midway Museum is a maritime museum consists of the aircraft carrier midway which the USS Midway was America's longest-serving aircraft from 1945 to 1992. The Museum opened on June 7, 2004. Admission includes a self-guided audio tour, sleeping quarters, engine room, galley, bridge, brig, post office, foc'sle, pilots' ready room, officers quarters, primary control and officers country. It also includes gift shops, a small fast food climb-aboard aircraft and cockpits, videos, flight simulators for youngsters.

In the starboard side of the ship is a ship map, information about the ship and its historical events. One of missions of the ship was Conducted Operation Fiery Vigil in the Philippines, taking aboard Air Force evacuees from Mt. Pinatubo eruption on June 21, 1991.

The tour lasted approximately two hours and unfortunately we were not able to go to the bridge for the museum operates until 5 p.m. only so we had to go back the following day for its continuation where the ticket was sold for $20 each person. The ticket was rescanned so we will be able to continue the tour for the next day.

The next day, July 21, we continued our tour and went to the bridge and this time a guided tour was done by some of the former midway sailors.

We continued our adventure the same day for a 2-hour cruise taking the Adventure Hornblower ship.

Sameera Chathuranga

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