This Weekend: The Biggest Little Airshow on Ford Island

Media Release:

Visitors are invited to drive on to Ford Island and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s 4th “Biggest Little Airshow” Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21, 10am to 4pm. They will be greeted by 100 aircraft on the tarmac—both real and remote control models–candy bombings for the keiki, Hangar 79 tours to see the new MiG Alley Korean War Exhibit, the Lt. Ted Shealy Restoration Shop, the P-40 Kittyhawk, helicopters and other aircraft in the 85,000 sq. ft. battle scarred hangar, plus free concerts each day.

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Admission is free to the public. The public is invited to drive on to Ford Island, park free at the Museum, or board free shuttles to the Museum at the Arizona Memorial Parking area, 9am to 4:30pm.

The event is sponsored in part by Clear Channel Radio and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is saluting the Centennial of Naval Aviation with special flight demonstrations.

For two days, the local RC organization the Birds of Paradise and pilots from the Academy of Model Aeronautics will pilot their massive remote controlled 1 to 5 scale planes for dogfights, candy “bombings,” aerobatics, and more. Due to its popularity, the show has been expanded, with more planes and helicopters, dogfights, warbird reenactments, jets, and two big days of flying, food, real aircraft to explore, and prizes to enter to win.

At the event, there will be free tours of Hangar 79, which still bears the bullet holes of the December 7, 1941 attack. Inside, guests will see helicopters, fighter planes, and the Lt. Ted Shealy Restoration Shop–the 1941 machine shop which is busy restoring the Museum’s aircraft. They’ll also get up close and personal with an F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Eagle, F-86s, P-40, MiG-15, and the Museum’s new “MiG Alley” Korean War Exhibit.

For the regular admission fee ($12 adult/$7 keiki, kama`aina and military), visitors can also explore the Museum’s Hangar 37 and “fly for freedom” in the Combat Flight Simulators ($10 additionally). All other Airshow activities are free that day.

According to Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff, “The Flight line opens at 10am with a traditional military color guard, aircraft flyovers, and all aircraft on display. The aerial remote control flight demonstrations are 11am to 4pm and we invite everyone to visit us and enjoy this family-friendly free event and salute to Naval Aviation.”

Specialty acts to be performed by the Birds of Paradise include:  Pattern, 3-D fixed wing and helicopter aerobatic flights, South Pacific battles, “Candy Bomber” drops, and a Skycam helicopter.  There’ll be remote control aircraft in the air and on static display, including, jets, helicopters, F-22s, warbirds, B-17s, P-38s, Corsairs, OV-10s and more.

Admission to the Airshow is free. If you want to visit Hangar 37 at the Museum also and avoid ticket lines, purchase Museum admission tickets online at www.PacificAviationMuseum.org. You may also purchase Museum admissions at the Arizona Memorial/Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.  Shuttles depart every 15 minutes, 7:30am to 4:30pm. Call 808/441-1008 for more information or visit www.PacificAviationMuseum.org, Flickr, Facebook and @PacificAviation on Twitter, for updates.

Pacific Aviation Museum, 319 Lexington Boulevard, Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. Pacific Aviation Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which depends on the membership and support from donations.  To join or support, visit www.PacificAviationMuseum.org.

BIGGEST LITTLE AIRSHOW ON FORD ISLAND

Presented by Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Sponsored in part by Clear Channel Radio & Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University In Partnership with Navy Region Hawaii MWR.

Featuring the Birds of Paradise Airshow Team

Schedule of Events

Day 1/Saturday, August 20:

9am –First free shuttle departs the Arizona Memorial Parking Area for Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor (Shuttles run every 15 minutes throughout the event)

10am – Color Guard, Military Aircraft Flyover Opens the Airshow

11am – Remote Control Air Demonstrations Begin, through 4pm

12:30pm – “Candy Bombers” Flyover & Candy Drop for the Keiki

12:30pm ~ 2pm – Free Concert

3:30pm – “Candy Bombers” Flyover & Candy Drop for the Keiki

4:00pm – Closing Festivities

5:00pm – Last shuttle bus departs the Museum for Arizona Memorial/Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Parking Area

Day 2/Sunday, August 21:

9am – First free shuttle departs the Arizona Memorial Parking Area for Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor (Shuttles run every 15 minutes throughout the event)

10am – Color Guard, Military Aircraft Flyover Opens the Airshow

11am – Remote Control Air Demonstrations Begin, through 4pm

12:30pm – “Candy Bombers” Flyover & Candy Drop for the Keiki

12:30pm ~ 2:00pm – Free Concert

3:30pm – “Candy Bombers” Flyover & Candy Drop for the Keiki

4:00pm – Closing Festivities

5:00pm – Last shuttle bus departs the Museum for Arizona Memorial Parking Area

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