On March 20, 1945, USS Midway (CVB 41), the first of a three-ship class of 45,000-ton large aircraft carriers, was launched at Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. These photos were taken shortly before and after the launch.
After her commissioning in September 1945 and first shakedown, Midway cruised to Arctic waters for experimental cold weather operations. In 1947, her flight deck was the site of a at-sea test launching of an ex-German V-2 ballistic missile, and later she undertook the first of several Sixth Fleet tours in the Mediterranean sea.
Today, Midway is a floating maritime museum located in downtown San Diego, California at Navy Pier. Learn more about Midway from the Naval History and Heritage Command and the U.S. Navy.