With a crane and great care, a new light attack jet was hoisted onto the USS Midway Museum flight deck in San Diego on Wednesday – a new addition that took two years to restore.
A 50-year-old US Navy A-7 Corsair, on loan from the National Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla., Has been carefully chipped away at the museum along the downtown San Diego waterfront.
The museum’s aircraft restoration team had restored the aircraft over the past two years at the North Island Naval Air Station, devoting more than 2,000 man-hours to the project.
Today, the fully restored historic aircraft – which had a lifespan of just over 25 years – is on display at the Flight deck of the USS Midway museum.
According to the museum, the A-7 Corsair first flew in 1965 and was used by both the US Navy and the US Air Force. In 1967, the jet was deployed to various US Navy aircraft carriers for combat missions during the Vietnam War.
The museum said the last deployment of the A-7 Corsair was in 1991, during Operation Desert Storm, where it was used to conduct combat missions over Iraq. After 25 years of service, the aircraft was withdrawn from active US military service in mid-1991.
After closures related to the pandemic, the USS Midway Museum reopened in February, with new COVID-19 security measures in place.
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with last admission at 4 p.m.), the iconic San Diego attraction now offers online tickets with a predefined arrival time (this does not apply to members / laissez-holders). pass), which helps the museum manage capacity limitations and meet physical distancing requirements. For now, all visitors and employees must wear face masks.
Tickets cost $ 26 for visitors ages 13 and older, $ 18 for children ages 6 to 12, and $ 18 for U.S. Military Veterans (with ID). Admission includes access to the museum’s Hangar Deck and Flight Deck tour routes, which showcase the famous Midway collection of 30 restored Navy planes, all set against the scenic backdrop of San Diego Bay.
For the moment, some exhibitions below the bridge remain temporarily closed, as well as the guided tour of the island, the flight simulators and the boarding cockpits.