Midway Class Aircraft Carriers

The carriers of the Midway class, displacing more than 67,000 tons fully loaded, carried a crew of 4,500 and up to 70 aircraft. These 1,000-foot-long warships were once the largest carriers afloat, though they had a displacement about two-thirds that of contemporary nuclear-powered flattops. When operating at sea the ships were refueled every three days, burning approximately 100,000 gallons of oil a day. When first built, the USS Midway's bow was open to the sea, and was enclosed in 1957 as part of a major overhaul.