I made a pilgrimage to Tactical Assault Gear. One of their warehouses is 45min south of San Diego by tram. Gucci! GUCCI!! They have a small showroom but it is all good – just equipment, not clothing. I looked for a while then went up the road a bit for lunch.
A chimichanga. This must have been about 1kg. If I'd continued on the tram for another 20min I would have been in Mexico.
That afternoon I went to the USS Midway, another aircraft carrier. This is infinitely better than the USS Intrepid, as it is still owned by the navy, and hasn’t been turned in to a floating theme park. It’s also free for all military personnel. Yay!
330m long, with a 4 acre flight deck
How to maximise small spaces
Junior officers' quarters
Pilot's survival kit
The brig. Unlike the Intrepid you can have a look at almost all the areas of the ship
It was easier to take a photo of this than the steam turbine
Back on the hangar deck
F-8 cockpit THAT YOU CAN SIT IN. Wheee!
Officers' mess. Japanese theme due to home port of Okinawa. They also had a 3 flavour milk machine.
Master CPO's quarters
Inspection order locker
The same things laid flat
Radiography at sea
On the main deck
View from flight control bridge
Unlike the Intrepid they have former sailors and officers giving tours. The only way to the bridge is on a tour, and it takes about 30 min. To see the whole ship takes about 3 hours.
The USS Ronald Regan was docked across the bay at Coronado