At SMACNA’s opening reception during the upcoming 75th Annual Convention in San Diego, families will be surrounded by fighter jets and helicopters on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Midway Museum, one of the longest-serving and most famous aircraft carriers in U.S. Navy history.
The opening reception Sunday evening, Oct. 14, will take place on the carrier’s four-acre flight deck that features a panoramic 360-degree view of the skyline, Coronado Island, and the San Diego Bay bridge.
During the reception, attendees will be able to climb into a real jet cockpit, dog-fight in a full-motion flight simulator, take a docent tour, climb aboard a F/18 simulator to fly in a “Screaming Eagle,” and watch a film on the Battle of Midway. Attendees can also stroll among 30 restored propeller airplanes, jet fighters, and helicopters from World War II to Operation Desert Storm.
SMACNA will provide transportation to the U.S.S. Midway Museum, for those that don’t wish to take the 10-minute walk along the waterfront from the convention hotel.
The convention takes place at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina in San Diego, known as “Navy Town, USA,” the largest home port to U.S. Navy ships in the world. More than 50 Navy ships lie at anchor less than a mile away straight off the U.S.S. Midway Museum’s bow.
The opening reception marks SMACNA’s historic 75th Annual Convention and promises to be a breath-taking, life-long memory that attendees and their families will not soon forget.
Convention registration opens on the SMACNA website on April 2.