The highest elevation on Midway was home to the radar buildings, lighthouse beacon and radio antennas. At approximately 40 feet above sea level, the remains of the radar tower, an underground bunker, and a small concrete building are found here.
Developed during World War II, the radio room was a busy location during the Battle of Midway. Radar was a new technology at the start of the war and technicians were just learning how to read the radio waves. Radar spotted the two Japanese destroyers before they started their attack on December 7, 1941. During the Battle of Midway this radar station confirmed a PBY Catalina report that many Japanese planes were heading towards Midway on the morning of June 4, 1942.
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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.