Photo and Video Log

This page contains photos and videos associated with or taken during the Exploring the Sunken Heritage of Midway Atoll: Honoring the Legacy of the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway expedition. Click on any image to view a larger version and for additional information.

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Videos

In this video, the NOAA Martime Heritage Team investiages a sunken Brewster F2A-3 site at Midwall Atoll. Warbirds on the Seafloor
In this video, the NOAA Martime Heritage Team investigates a sunken Brewster F2A-3 site at Midwall Atoll. (Video)

 

 

 

Images

Some of the servicemen involved in the near shore crashes. Top row (L to R): Russell B. Aitken, Timothy Casady, and Ray Leland Obenshain Jr.; Middle row (L to R): Charles W. Somers, Richard G. Newhall, and Daniel L. Cummings; Bottom row (L to R): Harold G. Schlendering, Eystein J. Nelson, and Edward Wieczorek. Mission Summary
Some of the servicemen involved in the near shore crashes. (HR)

A National Park Service diver swims around the upside down wings of an World War II era F4U Corsair lost at Midway Atoll, likely during a training accident. May 16
A National Park Service diver swims around the upside down wings of an World War II era F4U Corsair lost at Midway Atoll. (HR)

The team with Midway Atoll Refuge Manager Bob Peyton. May 16
The team with Midway Atoll Refuge Manager Bob Peyton. (HR)

An example of photogrammetry work conducted by National Park Service photographer Brett Seymour of an upside down F4U Corsair at Midway Atoll. May 16
An example of photogrammetry work of an upside down F4U Corsair at Midway Atoll. (HR)

A glimpse back in time at the Midway lanes. May 16
A glimpse back in time at the Midway lanes. (HR)

The team tries their hand at bowling after a long day on the water. May 16
The team tries their hand at bowling after a long day on the water. (HR)

Behind the scenes at the Midway bowling alley. May 16
Behind the scenes at the Midway bowling alley. (HR)

Keeping score at the Midway bowling alley. May 16
Keeping score at the Midway bowling alley. (HR)

A sign that provide a glimpse in to the past at Midway Atoll. May 16
A sign that provide a glimpse in to the past at Midway Atoll. (HR)

Snorkler Brian Hauk getting ready to plunge into the cold. May 15
Snorkler Brian Hauk getting ready to plunge into the cold. (HR)

The layers that keep the diving scientists warm in chilly May Midway conditions. May 15
The layers that keep the diving scientists warm in chilly May Midway conditions.

Diver Brian Hauk doing science despite the cold. May 15
Diver Brian Hauk doing science despite the cold. (HR)

Diver Brian Hauk doing surveys. May 15
Diver Brian Hauk doing surveys. (HR)

Diver Brian Hauk doing surveys in the cold. May 15
Diver Brian Hauk doing surveys in the cold. (HR)

Dr. Keogh examining the jar associated with the Two Brothers whaling shipwreck site. May 12
Dr. Keogh examining the jar associated with the Two Brothers whaling shipwreck site.

Dr. Kelly Keogh training the next generation of underwater explorers: her daughter. May 12
Dr. Kelly Keogh training the next generation of underwater explorers: her daughter.

Brian Hauk sets an invasive species quadrat on the stern of the USS Macaw. May 10
Brian Hauk sets an invasive species quadrat on the stern of the USS Macaw. (HR)

Fighting the wind and waves during daily dives on the anomaly boat with Brian, Russ, and Jason (left to right). May 10
Fighting the wind and waves during daily dives on the anomaly boat with Brian, Russ, and Jason (left to right). (HR)

Brian Hauk sketches the .50 caliber machine gun from the Brewster Buffalo. May 10
Brian Hauk sketches the .50 caliber machine gun from the Brewster Buffalo. (HR)

Jason Leonard photographs the remains of the radial engine from the Brewster Buffalo fighter plane. May 10
Jason Leonard photographs the remains of the radial engine from the Brewster Buffalo fighter plane. (HR)

Brian Hauk takes notes on a recently discovered potential whaling anchor. May 10
Brian Hauk takes notes on a recently discovered potential whaling anchor. (HR)

Jason Leonard examines the discovered anchor outside the reef during yesterday's anomaly diving. May 10
Jason Leonard examines the discovered anchor outside the reef during yesterday’s anomaly diving. (HR)

A diver documents a structure, discovered by magnetometer survey, for any alien invasive species. May 9
A diver documents a structure, discovered by magnetometer survey, for any alien invasive species. (HR)

A diver surveys the reef in an area where magnetometer survey recorded anomalies. May 9
A diver surveys the reef in an area where magnetometer survey recorded anomalies. (HR)

Underwater debris like this is scattered throughout the lagoon at Midway, reminding divers of the human history that has affected this place. May 9
Underwater debris like this is scattered throughout the lagoon at Midway, reminding divers of the human history that has affected this place. (HR)

A diver investigates a magnetometer anomaly on the Midway seafloor and finds an old cable. May 9
A diver investigates a magnetometer anomaly on the Midway seafloor and finds an old cable. (HR)

A diver investigates a magnetometer anomaly on the seafloor. Unfortunately, this was not a sunken aircraft but it still proves the magnetometer is doing its job! May 9
A diver investigates a magnetometer anomaly on the seafloor. Unfortunately, this was not a sunken aircraft but it still proves the magnetometer is doing its job! (HR)

A diver investigating a survey anomaly for alien species and cultural significance. May 8
A diver investigating a survey anomaly for alien species and cultural significance.

Another anchor anomaly being surveyed for alien species and cultural significance. May 8
Another anchor anomaly being surveyed for alien species and cultural significance.

A diver conducting a hull inspection for Monument entry. May 8
A diver conducting a hull inspection for Monument entry.

Historic guns placed in the mall at Midway Atoll as a reminder of its military history. May 5
Historic guns placed in the mall at Midway Atoll as a reminder of its military history. (HR)

Old officers homes at Midway Atoll and dozens of albatross finding their new homes on the lawn. May 5
Old officers homes at Midway Atoll and dozens of albatross finding their new homes on the lawn. (HR)

Historic sign marking the original Dining Facility at Naval Air Facility Midway Island. May 5
Historic sign marking the original Dining Facility at Naval Air Facility Midway Island. (HR)

School of Mulloidichthys flavolineatus (weke, yellowstripe goatfish) spotted underwater during one of the team's dives. May 5
School of Mulloidichthys flavolineatus (weke, yellowstripe goatfish) spotted underwater during one of the team’s dives. (HR)

NOAA resource protection specialist Brian Hauk fills scuba tanks for the next day's dive with a young albatross in the foreground. May 4
NOAA resource protection specialist Brian Hauk fills scuba tanks for the next day’s dive with a young albatross in the foreground. (HR)

The team readies one of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service small boats for operations at Midway Atoll. May 4
The team readies one of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service small boats for operations at Midway Atoll. (HR)

The team getting the boat ready to get in the water for survey at Midway Atoll. May 4
The team getting the boat ready to get in the water for survey at Midway Atoll.

The team launches the boat for remote sensing survey operations at Midway Atoll. May 4
The team launches the boat for remote sensing survey operations at Midway Atoll.

The team discusses safety protocol and the next day's operations. May 4
The team discusses safety protocol and the next day’s operations. (HR)

The team heads in to the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge visitor center for an orientation of the island. May 3
The team heads in to the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge visitor center for an orientation of the island.

The new visitors to the island receive a briefing from Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge Manager Bob Peyton. May 3
The new visitors to the island receive a briefing from Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge Manager Bob Peyton.

Team member Russell Reardon conducts boat checks as the team gets ready to start survey work. May 3
Team member Russell Reardon conducts boat checks as the team gets ready to start survey work.

The team will be using one of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's small boats to conduct their survey work at Midway Atoll. May 3
The team will be using one of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s small boats to conduct their survey work at Midway Atoll.

An aerial view of Midway Atoll. Mission Plan
An aerial view of Midway Atoll. (HR)

A map of Midway Atoll. Mission Plan
A map of Midway Atoll.

Map of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument including expansion area designated by President Obama in 2016. Mission Plan
Map of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. (HR)

Photo of a recreation of the Japanese air raid on Midway on June 4, 1942. Mission Plan
Photo of a recreation of the Japanese air raid on Midway on June 4, 1942.

A team of maritime archaeologists prepare to survey at Midway Atoll. Mission Plan
A team of maritime archaeologists prepare to survey at Midway Atoll. (HR)

Aerial view of Midway Atoll in 1945. Midway Atoll: History Beyond the Battle
Aerial view of Midway Atoll in 1945. (HR)

Submarines docked at Midway Atoll. Midway Atoll: History Beyond the Battle
Submarines docked at Midway Atoll. (HR)

A pillbox remains in the sand at Eastern Island at Midway Atoll. Midway Atoll: History Beyond the Battle
A pillbox remains in the sand at Eastern Island at Midway Atoll. (HR)

One of four cable station buildings remaining at Midway Atoll constructed in 1904. Midway Atoll: History Beyond the Battle
One of four cable station buildings remaining at Midway Atoll constructed in 1904. (HR)

Crella Spinulata is an invasive sponge (Porifera) that the team will be surveying for on sunken aircraft sites at Midway Atoll. Do Sunken Aircraft Create Homes For Non-Native Creatures?
Crella Spinulata is an invasive sponge that the team will be surveying for on aircraft sites at Midway Atoll. (HR)

Pennaria disticha is an invasive hydroid that the team will be surveying for on sunken aircraft sites at Midway Atoll. Do Sunken Aircraft Create Homes For Non-Native Creatures?
Pennaria disticha is an invasive hydroid that the team will be surveying for on sunken aircraft sites. (HR)

Sabellastarte spetabilis is an invasive polychaete worm that the team will be surveying for on sunken aircraft sites at Midway Atoll. Do Sunken Aircraft Create Homes For Non-Native Creatures?
Sabellastarte spetabilis is an invasive polychaete worm that the team will survey for on sunken aircraft sites. (HR)

Zoobotryon verticillatum is an invasive bryozoan that the team will be surveying for on sunken aircraft sites at Midway Atoll. Do Sunken Aircraft Create Homes For Non-Native Creatures?
Zoobotryon verticillatum is an invasive bryozoan that the team will survey for on sunken aircraft sites. (HR)

Top view of a model of a Corsair, compared with model showing camera locations. Photogrammetry at Midway Atoll
Top view of a model of a Corsair, compared with model showing camera locations. (HR)

Side view of a model of a Corsair, compared with model showing camera locations. Photogrammetry at Midway Atoll
Side view of a model of a Corsair, compared with model showing camera locations. (HR)

Model of a Corsair from a 45 degree angle, compared with model showing camera locations. Photogrammetry at Midway Atoll
Model of a Corsair from a 45 degree angle, compared with model showing camera locations. (HR)

Magnetometer being towed through the water column. Searching for Airplanes with a Magnetometer
Magnetometer being towed through the water column. (HR)

National Park Service archeologist ready to deploy the magnetometer during survey operations. Searching for Airplanes with a Magnetometer
National Park Service archeologist ready to deploy the magnetometer during survey operations. (HR)

National Park Service archeologist driving survey lines collecting magnetometer data. Searching for Airplanes with a Magnetometer
National Park Service archeologist driving survey lines collecting magnetometer data. (HR)

An underwater filmmaker documents the wing section of a F4U Corsair at Midway Atoll. Warbirds on the Seafloor
An underwater filmmaker documents the wing section of a F4U Corsair at Midway Atoll. (HR)

Maritime archaeologist Jason Raupp documents the engine of a P-40K Warhawk Discovered outside of the reef at Midway Atoll. Warbirds on the Seafloor
Maritime archaeologist Jason Raupp documents the engine of a P-40K Warhawk Discovered outside of the reef at Midway Atoll. (HR)

Maritime archaeologists document the remains of a Brewster F2A-3 Buffalo at Midway Atoll. Warbirds on the Seafloor
Maritime archaeologists document the remains of a Brewster F2A-3 Buffalo at Midway Atoll. (HR)

VMF 221, a Marine Corps fighter squadron at Midway Atoll in January of 1942. The Brewster discovered in the lagoon was part of this squadron. Warbirds on the Seafloor
VMF 221, a Marine Corps fighter squadron at Midway Atoll in January of 1942. The Brewster discovered in the lagoon was part of this squadron.

 

 

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