Saturday, June 25, 2011

Day Eight in San Diego: The Midway

Ryan started playing battleship this year and I thought it would be cool to show him what a real aircraft carrier was. Who better to ask than a retired naval commander (Uncle Kirk) to see if we could get aboard one. Turns out, anybody can get aboard the Midway, a retired aircraft carrier turned museum in San Diego's harbor.

We started our journey on the hanger deck:


And then journeyed into the ship. Uncle Kirk called these knee (or was it knee-cap) breakers. Apparently the sailors became very adept at running through the halls and hurdling these. Jillian had a little trouble:


She liked the bunks, though:



Uncle Kirk briefed us:



Doesn't Ryan look interested?



Scott and Jillian are ready for their dog fights!



Back on the hanger deck, there were lots of cockpits you could sit in:









Little boy, big ammunition:


Little girl, big stairwell/ladder:


And everyone got in the brig:





The kids worked hard on the ship:






And, finally, the flight deck:



Jillian drove some planes around:




She and Daddy checked out one helicopter:






And then another. This one was used to pick up capsules from the Apollo missions, including Apollo 13:










Too much excitement for little Jacob. He was a good sport to spend most of the day on the ship!




They take your picture on a green screen when you first get on. It's a nice momento:






Aunt Sandy got this one of us with the "island" in the background:



Scott and the USS Midway:





We had a fabulous lunch at the Fish Market afterwards and Aunt Sandy read to the kids:

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