The Navy launched Consolidated Catalina PBY seaplanes from these ramps beginning in 1940. The ramp in the inner harbor is still used to launch small boats. Another was covered when the runway was extended. Seaplanes played an important role in the Battle of Midway - they were used for patrol work and search and rescue missions.
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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.