Originally twice its size, it was shelled during the December 7, 1941, raid and was set afire by Japanese air attack on June 4, 1942. Only half of the original hangar was rebuilt.
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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.