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

to change the ARC-38 Antenna

Couplers which were located in

the vertical fin above the horizon-

tal stabilizer.






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
for sure.

Photos by: L. S. Garner

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