USS Midway  7            7-2014

This is the end of the flight deck where aircraft would take off from. The ramp on the other side was closed because of a beehive.



Flight deck at ground level, which was 340 feet long where the planes landed.






HF radio antennas. They fold down for flight ops in progress and fold up for long range radio communications and docking.






This statue is the famous 'kissing sailor' standing in a courtyard nearby.

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There are a lot of aircraft to see on the flight deck and most of them have great history.



The Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk is a twin turboshaft engine, multi-mission helicopter based on the Army UH-60 Black Hawk. The tail is hinged to reduce its footprint aboard ships.






The Bell UH-1 Huey was the first mass-produced helicopter powered by a jet turbine. With its distinctive "whomp-whomp" sound that could be heard miles away,  the UH/AH-1 aircraft have totaled more than 27 million flight hours since 1956. Since then more than 16,000 H-1 helicopters have been produced by Bell and its licensees, making it the most successful military aircraft in aviation history.

Also, the word "Chopper" (another name for helicopter) came from the Huey because of the sound it makes with those two blades, or that whomp-whomp sound as it flies.





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