The attack aircraft carrier Midway (CVA-41) was recommissioned on 31 January 1970, and delivered on 15 June 1970, having undergone the most comprehensive modernization ever undertaken by the Navy, she became the largest and most modern carrier in her class and operationally equal to the Forrestal class.
The Midway can now launch and recover aircraft that are approximately one-third heavier than those that can be handled by her sister ships—the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) and the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42)—both of which have undergone modernization in recent years. Her new catapults are about 40 feet longer than those on the Coral Sea. Three new arresting gear engines and one barricade engine have been installed and rearranged to accommodate the angle change of her angled deck. These engines allow the Midway to recover heavier and faster aircraft with far less impact to the planes and to the arresting wires than before.
The Midway’s flight deck has been increased from 2.82 to 4.02 acres. This increase includes the lengthening of the angled deck landing section so that it extends 25 feet further than that of her sisterships.