The Invisible War

Over the 47 years serving in the United States Navy, the USS Midway was active for the entire length of the Cold War with the Soviet Union. The USS Midway Museum is proud to tell the story of this “Invisible War” that dominated the international geo-political landscape for the last half of the 20th century. Nearing the end, in 1982, the USS Midway joined fellow air-craft carrier USS Enterprise to conduct a major exercise off the coast of the Soviet Union as a show of force and demonstrate the United States superior Naval power. The weather in the North Pacific deteriorated quickly and ultimately left F-14 pilot, Lt. Tom Lawson unable to land on the Enterprise. Watch what happened next, and how the USS Midway added to its legendary reputation.

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Mothballs to Magic Mothballs to Magic
Mothballs to Magic

After 47 years of legendary service in the United States Navy, it was time for the USS Midway to face its final challenge… retirement.

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Midway’s Final Fight Midway’s Final Fight
Midway’s Final Fight

While the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in an ‘Invisible War’ regional players took advantage of the vacuum this created. Enter Saddam Hussein.

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Operation Frequent Wind Operation Frequent Wind
Operation Frequent Wind

Considered by many to be the 30 most dangerous hours on board the aircraft carrier USS Midway, Operation Frequent Wind was one of the largest...

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The Brink The Brink
The Brink

On August 23, 1958 the communist-led Chinese forces launched a massive artillery barrage of two small islands off the coast of Taiwan, where...

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The Many Shapes of Midway The Many Shapes of Midway
The Many Shapes of Midway

Over its 47 year career, the aircraft carrier USS Midway became one of the most famous ships in the United States Navy. Commissioned just...

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Captain John C. Ensch Captain John C. Ensch
Captain John C. Ensch

The combat missions seemed endless. First, he and his co-pilot shot down two North Vietnamese fighter jets only minutes apart...

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Captain James D. Reily, Jr. Captain James D. Reily, Jr.
Captain James D. Reily, Jr.

He was responsible for all the supplies aboard a floating city of 4,500 voracious young men. From eggs to pens to equipment weighing tons...

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Stephanie Dinh Stephanie Dinh
Stephanie Dinh

As Saigon collapsed around her, she and her family ran to a rescue helicopter destined for the USS Midway. Stephanie experienced firsthand...

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Captain Herbert A. Zoehrer Captain Herbert A. Zoehrer
Captain Herbert A. Zoehrer

The shortest flight of his career was over in “10 or 15 seconds” — when a botched catapult launch dumped Herb Zoehrer's aircraft...

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Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward J. Murray Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward J. Murray
Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward J. Murray

He defied the odds to make sure that Navy aircrews could rely on their 75 planes during combat missions...

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Chief Warrant Officer Rudy Shappee Chief Warrant Officer Rudy Shappee
Chief Warrant Officer Rudy Shappee

The son of a fisherman, he was an enlisted man who “came up the hawsepipe” to become Chief Warrant Officer aboard Midway...

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