Fun Group Project Aboard the USS Midway!

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USS Midway Museum

Spit and Polish

Preserve the historic USS Midway and the legacy of those who serve, inspire and educate future generations, and entertain our museum guests.

Do you want a small taste of what it’s like working aboard a Navy ship? Join us for this fun and historical project on the USS Midway! A FOD walkdown is a routine activity on an active carrier, to prevent debris from getting sucked into and damaging aircraft engines. Prior to each carrier launch and recovery operation, the entire flight deck is visually inspected for any small loose objects (debris) which may cause Foreign Object Damage (FOD).

In this project, we will mimic a FOD walk down; walking a portion of the deck shoulder-to-shoulder. We’ll use hand tools and vacuums to clear the deck and pad-eyes of any debris (A pad-eye, or tie down, is the anchor point for securing aircraft onto the ship).

A Midway docent will be on hand to give a brief talk to provide historical context and reflect on his experience with a FOD walk as a former sailor on the Midway.

Interested groups may inquire about potential dates, based on availability on weekday or weekend mornings. At least a 2 month lead time is helpful. Pre-approved groups in advance only.

Number of participants: 10-15.

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910 N. Harbor DriveSan Diego, CA 92132




  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 12
  • One day, 3-4 hours, arrangements made in advance

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