The Battle of Midway was a decisive US naval victory that turned the tide of World War ll. As a result, the name ‘Midway’ has been assigned to everything from a high school in Texas to an airport in Chicago.
It is also the name of the longest serving American aircraft carrier of the 20th century.
Today, the USS Midway continues to serve as a museum on the San Diego waterfront. Hosting thousands of visitors daily, the ship proudly features dozens of static aircraft displays and offers a glimpse of what daily life was like for its crew.
The museum president and CEO, retired US Navy Rear Admiral John “Mac” McLaughlin joins us on this episode to explain not only the ship’s namesake battle and storied half-century of service, but of the deeper meaning of service and sacrifice in our modern, ever-changing society.
During the listener question segment, we discuss whether squadrons undergo specific tactical training based on where they expect to deploy, if shutting down an engine is a viable tactic to save fuel in flight, and whether weight and balance is a constant concern for fighters, among other topics.
Bumper music by Jaime Lopez. Episode artwork by Janek Krause.