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USS Midway Air Wings

USS Midway Air Wings Book Review

By Stephen Sutton

Date of Review February 2015 Title USS Midway Air Wings
Author CDR Pete Clayton Publisher Classic Warships Publishing
Published 2008 ISBN 978-0-9817931-1-5
Format 72 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $18.00


Still available from Classic Warships is the first in a series of aircraft pictorial books keeping with the naval airpower theme by Commander Pete Clayton USN .  This book covers all the air wings that have operated on the Midway from her shakedown cruise in 1945 to Desert Storm in 91.  The photos are mostly full page size with informative captions.  Portraits of the commanders are overlaid on some images as well as notes for the composition of the air wings for that era.  For those who are interested primarily in ships, you will love the shots of the carrier island and the many photos inside the hanger decks.

A variety of aircraft are featured from propeller driven aircraft from the World War II to the latest jet fighter and utility aircraft.  Squadron notes are included throughout the book.  Some of the aircraft include are:

SB2C Helldiver, F4U Corsair, TBM Avenger, AD Skyraider, F7U Cutlass, HUP-1 Retriever, AJ Savage, F-3H Demon, A-3 Skywarrior, F9F Cougar, F9F Panther, E1B Tracer, F-4 Phantom, F/A-18 Hornet, H-3 Sea King, F-14 Tomcat, F-8 Crusader, A-4 Skyhawk, A-7 Corsair, A-6 Intruder, E-2 Hawkeye, and the EA 6B Prowler.

This book contains the following contents.

  1. Atlantic Fleet Operations – Straight Deck
  2. Pacific Fleet Operations – Angled Deck
  3. The New Midway and Carrier Air Wing Five
  4. A Modern Midway and a New Air Wing Five

This book makes and excellent companion to the Classic Warships USS Midway CV-41 book which is also still available.  If you build post war carriers, this is a must have book for you.  A ship model of an aircraft carrier is not really complete without her air wing.  This book will help you to get that detail right.  An excellent resource for the modeler and historian alike.

This book is 72 pages in soft cover format with over 120 B&W photos, four in color. You can pick up your book from Classic Warships Publishing.  Classic Warships carries this and many other Naval Theme books.  Thanks to Classic Warships Publishing for the review sample.


Thanks goes out to Steve Wiper of for the review sample!