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USS Midway CV 41

USS Midway CV 41 Book Review

By Stephen Sutton

Date of Review April 2014 Title USS Midway CV 41
Author Pete Clayton Publisher Seaforth and Classic Warships Publishing
Published 2014 ISBN 978-0-9857149-3-2
Format 72 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $18.00


Steve Wiper of Classic Warships has released another in a series of warship pictorial books, this time he brings us the USS Midway CV-41 Warship Pictorial number 41.  Author Pete Clayton, CDR USN (Ret) is one of the leading authorities on this long serving US Navy aircraft carrier and a major contributor to the US Navy Tailhook Association Newsletter.  He has put together a history of the MIDWAY from her commissioning at the last days of WWII, thru to her decommissioning in 1992, covering her 47 year career.  Covered are the air groups, aircraft types, her deployments to all oceans of the world.  The Midway currently resides at the waterfront of the city of San Diego, California, as one of the greatest aircraft carrier and naval aviation museums in the USA.  This aircraft carrier Midway was named for the historic carrier battle fought off Midway Islands from 1942.  CVB-41 was the third U.S. Navy ship and the second aircraft carrier to bear the name of Midway.

This book includes eight chapters:

  1. Design and Construction
  2. Atlantic Fleet Operations – Straight Deck
  3. Reconstruction At Puget Sound 1955-1957
  4. Pacific Fleet Operations – Angle Deck
  5. Modernization At Hunters Point 1966-1970
  6. The New Midway And Carrier Air Wing Five
  7. F/A-18 Conversion And Hull Strengthening 1986
  8. A Modern Midway And A New Air Wing Five

Plus this book includes Technical Specifications and Deployment Matrix for the Midway. Seventy three black and white photographs are included within the pages of this book, along with 4 color photograph contained in the front and back covers of the book.

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