Midway Islands - Midway

The sub tropical Midway islands lie in the Pacific Ocean near the western end of the Hawaiian archipelago. They comprise two islands enclosed by a coral atoll with a circumference of 15 miles. The land area is only 2 sq mi (5 sq km). Annexed by the United States in 1867 they became a trans-Pacific staging post, a US base in WW2 and the scene of a major carrier-based air battle. All these facilities have since closed and the islands are now a National Wildlife Reserve and feature abundant birdlife.