USS Midway model in Petco Park’s Power Alley.

Kids check out the large USS Midway model inside the Power Alley at Petco Park during a Padres game.
Kids check out the large USS Midway model inside the Power Alley at Petco Park during a Padres game.

I remember first seeing this impressive model of the USS Midway aircraft carrier many, many years ago. It was located inside the enormous passenger waiting room of the Santa Fe Depot, which is downtown San Diego’s historic train station. I’m not sure exactly when the model was moved into Petco Park’s Power Alley. It has been many years.

I like to check out this cool sight whenever I’m at a Padres baseball game or some other event at Petco Park. (It reminds me of when I was a kid, assembling a variety of small airplane models, gluing together the plastic pieces, carefully applying daubs of paint.) Young people today who wander through the stadium’s Power Alley can test their arm at a fast pitch game, enjoy a hot dog, then perhaps peer through the glass at the many aircraft arranged on the Midway’s flight deck.

In case you don’t have a chance to see this fantastic USS Midway model for yourself, here are a few photos.

Along the wall behind the large model you’ll find a moving tribute to our country’s military heroes, including the many professional baseball players who have served. I’ll blog about that one day, too!

The USS Midway was commissioned one week after World War II. It became the largest ship in the world for a decade and the first U.S. Navy ship too wide for the Panama Canal.
The USS Midway was commissioned one week after World War II. It became the largest ship in the world for a decade and the first U.S. Navy ship too wide for the Panama Canal.
Many different model aircraft are parked on the flight deck of the enormous model aircraft carrier.
Many different model aircraft are parked on the flight deck of the small scale aircraft carrier.
The USS Midway was active longer than any other carrier in the 20th century. It served during the Cold War, international crises and humanitarian missions...in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets.
The USS Midway was active longer than any other carrier in the 20th century. It served during the Cold War, international crises and humanitarian missions…in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets.
A closer photo of the USS Midway model inside Petco Park's Power Alley. I even see some tiny sailors!
A closer photo of the USS Midway model which is displayed inside Petco Park’s Power Alley. I even see some tiny sailors!
After decommissioning in 1992, the USS Midway returned to San Diego in 2004 to open as a nonprofit museum. It is now the most visited floating ship museum in the nation.
After decommissioning in 1992, the USS Midway returned to San Diego in 2004 to open as a nonprofit museum. It is now the most visited floating ship museum in the nation.
Padres fans eat at tables near an impressive model of the USS Midway, a cool sight inside San Diego's Petco Park.
Padres fans eat at tables near an impressive model of the USS Midway, a cool sight inside San Diego’s Petco Park.

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