USS Midway - CVA 41

Carrier Qualification cruise off San
Clemente Island, August 1963

 

Heavy Attack Squadron 8 (VAH-8)
A3D Skywarrior - affectionately
known as a "Whale"

A3D also stood for "All Three Dead"
because there were no ejection seats.

Whales were usually parked with
their tails hanging off the side of
the deck to make more room for
other planes during servicing ops.

This made it very difficult for AT's
to change the ARC-38 Antenna
Couplers which were located in
the vertical fin above the horizon-
tal stabilizer.


 

Servicing birds for another day of
qualifications.









Refueling Plane Guard Destroyer

 

Hi-lining a crewman from the Midway to the Stoddard using a Bosun's chair.

An "E" ticket ride for sure.








Photos by: L. S. Garner


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