T-33 (T-Bird) Jet Trainer Arrived Today At Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Media Release:

The T-33—one of the world’s best known aircraft— joined the already extensive collection at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor today, Thursday, April 28, 2011. It was transferred from Honolulu Community College to Hangar 79, its final home at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.

The T-33 (T-Bird)

The T-33 (T-Bird)

The T-33 (T-Bird) was the first jet trainer introduced to aid in the transition to jet aircraft. It was created from the F-80 fighter, by adding three feet to the fuselage, a second seat to the cockpit and six machine guns. Used as a trainer, it also was utilized for tasks such as drone director and target towing. The T-33 was thought to have an airframe that climbed faster, cruised more effortlessly and was slightly faster than its predecessors. Although the T-33 was initially utilized by the Army Air Force, a second version was created for the United States Navy titled TV-2.

The T-33 (T-Bird)

The T-33 (T-Bird)

According to Pacific Aviation Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff,
“This T-33 is a wonderful trainer jet. It has been utilized at Honolulu Community College, and we are grateful to them for allowing us to move this aircraft to the Museum’s collection.” The T-33 will be available for visitors to view in Hangar 79, where the aircraft will undergo restoration by the Museum’s Lt. Ted Shealy Restoration Shop team.

The T-33 (T-Bird)

The T-33 (T-Bird)

Pacific Aviation Museum is open 9am to 5pm daily and is accessed by air conditioned shuttle buses from the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center at Pearl Harbor. Daily, visitors from all over the world view the vintage aircraft, enjoy hands on technology experiences including combat flight simulators, hear moving stories told by aviation-experienced docents, and see “The Day That Shall Live In Infamy” through historic films and audio. The Museum gift shop and restaurant are unique in their offerings and their authentic 1940s ambiance. Phone (808) 441-1000 or visit www.PacificAviationMuseum.org for tickets and more information.

Hawai’i Police Department is searching for a 17-year Old Girl Reported as Missing from Hilo

Media Release:

The Hawai’i Police Department is searching for a 17-year old girl reported as missing from Hilo since April 7.

Destiny P. Alconcel

Destiny P. Alconcel

Destiny P. Alconcel is described as Filipino, 5-feet tall, about 125 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Pahoa Drunk Punk Rips Off Bus Drivers Phone… Later Arrested

Media Release:

Big Island police have charged a 20-year-old Pāhoa man with four crimes for an incident on a Hele-On bus.

Aina Kealoha Cachero

Aina Kealoha Cachero

On Monday (April 25) around 8 p.m., Puna patrol officers responded to a call aboard a Hele-On bus in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision. Responding officers learned that an intoxicated man had caused a disturbance on the bus as it was on its route. As the bus driver attempted to call 911, the suspect allegedly grabbed the mobile phone from the driver’s hand to prevent him from completing the call. The suspect exited the bus with the phone and fled the area. A short time later, police arrested the man, identified as Aina Kealoha Cachero.

At 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section charged Cachero with second-degree robbery (a Class B felony), interference with the operator of a public transit vehicle (a Class C felony), interference with reporting an emergency or crime (a petty misdemeanor) and disorderly conduct (a petty misdemeanor).

Cachero was held at the police cellblock in lieu of $7,500 until his initial court appearance on April 27.

Red Bull Cliff Diver Orlando Duque Breaks Ankle Skydiving… Out for Season

Nine-time world champion and current leader of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2011 Orlando Duque will miss the rest of the season after breaking his ankle.

Orlando Duque climbs out of the water at the 2010 RedBull Cliff Diving Championships

Orlando Duque climbs out of the water at the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving Championships

I met Orlando when he was here in Hilo last year for the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving Finals and he’s really a great guy.

BJ Penn and Orlando Duque

BJ Penn and Orlando Duque

As many folks know he calls Hawaii home!

Irondog PR President, Jessica Ferracane and Orlando Duque

Irondog PR President, Jessica Ferracane and Orlando Duque

Red Bull reports:

The 36-year-old Colombian, who was taking part in a skydive in Hawaii, underwent successful surgery on Thursday, with the injury expected to keep him out of action for between three and six months.

It’s a major blow for Duque who had recently returned to some of his best form, but, if his determination to return from previous setbacks is anything to go by, then he will not be out of the water for long.

After winning the inaugural Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in 2009, Duque ended a testing year in 2010 as the runner-up to Gary Hunt.

Duque worked hard during the off-season to recapture his past form and returned to his dominant best at the start of this year, winning the first two events, in Rapa Nui and Mexico, and had hoped to make it a hat-trick of wins in Greece on May 22.

Everyone at Red Bull Cliff Diving wishes Orlando the quickest possible recovery.

Orlando gets interviewed by FOX Television

Orlando gets interviewed by FOX Television

Many of his fellow divers that I met last year are wishing him the best in his recovery.

Orlando getting a hug after winning the Hilo stop of the 2010 RedBull Cliff Diving Series

Orlando getting a hug after winning the Hilo stop of the 2010 RedBull Cliff Diving Series

World Champion Gary Hunt on Facebook said “Sorry to hear about the accident mate, I wish you a fast recovery and I hope to see you very soon.”

2010 RedBull Series Champion Gary Hunt receives his trophy

2010 Red Bull Series Champion Gary Hunt receives his trophy

I wish him a speedy recovery as well and I’m just glad that he lived to tell about it.  I know that skydiving is a scary sport as I’ve done it twice now!