Here’s a great series of professional quality photos from George Cannon School at Midway Island in 1969. They depict teachers with students as well as a class group photo.
Who that were at Midway in the 1970’s remembers the C-117? I used to love that plane but in hindsight it was a doomed aircraft.
It was Midway’s aerial bus and pickup truck, you might say. It was used to haul personnel and supplies to and from Midway via Honolulu between the regular visits of the C-141 Air Force Log Flights. It used to make regular flights to resupply and transfer Coast Guard personnel to and from the even more remote and much smaller Kure Island, the location of a huge Loran tower.
On one particular day I remember taking off from Midway to head to Honolulu for Christmas leave with a full plane, passengers and luggage. We got about 20 minutes out from Midway when all of sudden the port side of the aircraft was smeared with oil and then soon after the engine was shut down.
For those who know this aircraft they will realize that there are only two engines, and with one not operating, and a full load, we weren’t going to make it to Honolulu.
The plane took a sharp about face and headed back to the island. My roommate was the flight engineer and as he walked past me, from the cockpit to the rear of the aircraft, I could see the look of worry in his eyes. He was preparing for a water landing. Fortunately we made it back but in conversation afterward with my roommate it was clear that if we had been much further away from the island we would have had to ditch the plane.
When the island was phased down in 1978 the aircraft was sent to Guam. Not long afterward the aircraft was ditched in the ocean and two people were killed. This article explains a few of the details of that terrible day.
Today this aircraft sits at the bottom of the ocean.
Snapshots of World War II Midway Island – The years that surround World War II were busy times for Midway. Prior to the war construction was taking place to ready it for the war in the Pacific, while during the war much of that construction was demolished. Continue reading “Snapshots of World War II Midway Island”
Welcome to Midway Booklet circa 1959 – This booklet was submitted Becki Watters who was at Midway with her family from 1957 to 1959. Continue reading “Welcome to Midway Booklet circa 1959”
Below are some pages out of a Welcome to Midway Island brochure. Named “New Midwayites – Welcome to Midway”, the brochure is missing one page from the bird ID section and the section about “Special Information to Submariners” was never included. It’s likely that the brochure was made prior to the sub base shutdown and issued afterward so that section was omitted. Continue reading “New Midwayites – Welcome to Midway Brochure”