USS Midway - CVA 41
Carrier Qualification cruise
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
to change the ARC-38 Antenna
Couplers which were located in
the vertical fin above the horizon-
Servicing birds for another day
Refueling Plane Guard Destroyer
Hi-lining a crewman from the
Midway to the Stoddard using a Bosun's chair.
An "E" ticket ride
Photos by: L. S. Garner