Yesterday we spent a few hours on the USS Midway, a famous aricraft carrier that has been turned into a museum in San Diego Bay. It's a very interesting and impressive ship, and the tour - largely self-guided with audio headsets, but with lots of explanation available from old-timers who served on the Midway or similar ships - takes you into all the major operating areas. Good use is made of life-size mannequins to dramatize activities, and in this selection of photos I've concentrated on those. (Lots of photos of pipes and dials will come eventually.)
(Click to enlarge) Giant sculptural rendition of the famous Alfred Eisenstaedt photo of a sailor celebrating the end of WWII in Times Square.
(Click to enlarge) A training room below decks. The ship was extraordinarily complicated, and training was a continuous activity.
(Click to enlarge) Serious misbehavior meant time in the brig.
(Click to enlarge) Life-size cardboard cutout of a Marine guarding the Admiral's quarters.