CVA41




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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