How often can you get a view of a plane from the angle on the left?
I went back down the hall to take an overview picture (below) to show that the plane was part of an exhibit about the Battle of Midway and that there was information displayed along the wall. (Midway Airport itself was renamed from Municipal Airport to honor that battle.)
My wife and I watched a PBS show about Navy Pier and the Lake Michigan being used to train pilots to land on aircraft carriers. Flattops were put on some old lakers to simulate aircraft carriers. The reason why Lake Michigan was used to train the pilots was because they did not have to worry about German submarines blowing up the carriers during the training.
I'll begin with two shots of the statue in the far-left corner and a transcription of the text.
In June 1942, the United States Pacific Fleet, still crippled as a result of the surprise attack on Perl Harbor, faced a mighty enemy fleet advancing on the American held base on Midway Island. Outnumbered and outgunned, the men of the Pacific Fleet and their comrades on Midway Island went in harm's way and changed the course of the Pacific Way and of history. On May 13, 1993, this statue, "America," designed and executed by noted sculptor Gary Weisman was presented to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley by the Union League Club of Chicago in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Midway for which Midway Airport was named.
"All participating personnel, without exception, displayed unhesitating devotion to duty, loyalty and courage . . . the performance of officers and men was one of the highest order."
W. W. Nimitz
United States Pacific Fleet
I took pictures of the panels along the window, "The Battle" was less informative than the above statue plaques. "The Technology" panel had this information:
Below are three of the five pictures that are on "The Chicago Connection" panel.
Update: This picture shows the two carriers parked south of Navy Pier. The comments have pictures of the steamers before they were converted to "flat tops."
|James Stein posted, even non-members of Facebook should be able to follow the link and read the comments, which includes photos of the steamers before conversion.|
John Grummitt also posted
During WW Two it was suggested to the Navy that they convert two side paddle ships into training aircraft carriers. At the time German U-boats were sinking hundreds of ships in the Atlantic. With the need to train thousands of pilots Lake Michigan seemed a logic location. Both the USS Sable and Wolverine are pictured here docked at Navy Pier.
[This posting also has some interesting comments.]
World War II planes used radial engines, which was a special designed for propeller airplanes.