At Pacific Maritime Group, we are no strangers to lifting heavy objects in difficult locations, both above and below the water. However, sometimes it's not just about raw strength but also a gentle touch that matters. This was precisely the case when we were called to action by the USS Midway Museum in San Diego for a unique and delicate task.
The museum needed to move some very precious and historic aircraft, and our mighty floating crane DB Pacific was up for the challenge. As onlookers, including several news crews, watched closely, our experienced team delicately offloaded an A-3 Skywarrior from the Midway's flight deck and replaced it with an F7U Cutlass.
On loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, this F7U Cutlass is one of the rarest jet fighters in the world. Lifting and exchanging these two priceless artifacts of military history required precision, delicate procedural work, and perfect coordination. Our DB Pacific, a Heavy Lift Offshore Derrick Barge, provided the height, reach, and precision needed for the exacting placement.
Working in harmony with the crew of the USS Midway Museum and our "Top Gun" crane operators, Mike McAndrew and Mike Parmelee, the transfer was executed safely and successfully. This intricate operation not only ensured the preservation of these historic aircraft but also provided some interesting viewing for everyone present.
We invite you to visit the USS Midway Museum and experience this piece of military history for yourself. We are proud of our ability to combine power and a gentle touch for such unique and challenging tasks.