Built in the late 1950s to accommodate the large aircraft used in the Distant Early Warning line effort. The planes called "Willy Victors"also required the runway to be expanded.
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During the breeding season, adult tropicbirds (see one pictured above over Midway lagoon) fly in a group around one another, swinging their tail streamers from side to side for several minutes to attract the female bird. Their courtship displays are complex and consist of flying backwards, vertically, and in large, vertical circles.