Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s 5th Anniversary Celebration

Bill Paty, Wounded Warriors, and Ford Island Control Tower In the Spotlight at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s 5th Anniversary Celebration on December 1st.

Guests will get the very first look at the newly stabilized Ford Island Control Tower as the PBS Little Big Band strikes up the popular 1940s tune, “Accentuate the Positive!” and friends of Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor gather on Thursday evening, 5:30 to 10PM to dine, dance, and celebrate the Museum’s 5th Anniversary. The fundraiser for the Museum’s education and restoration projects will also honor those who have made important contributions to the nonprofit aviation attraction, and to those who serve our country.

Stabilization of the Ford Island Control Tower officially began Friday, February 25, 10am with a blessing, it was announced by Pacific Aviation Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff.

Special Museum awards for the evening will go to Bill Paty for the “Building Bridges Award” and to BAE Systems and the University of Hawaii CRDG, for the “S.T.E.M. Education Award.”

“The Tower stood guard over Ford Island on the day of the Imperial Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, so its historical significance is immense,” said DeHoff.

The Basis Foundation of California, which provided the funding for the Museum’s Lt. Ted Shealy Restoration Shop, the 1940s working machine shop housed in Hangar 79, is hosting 16 members of the Wounded Warrior Project who will be honored at the gala. The Museum is a continuing sponsor of returning veterans.

The Ford Island Tower complex constructed in 1941 consists of a 3rd story Aerological Center and Observation Deck on top of the 2-story Operations Building, and the Air Traffic Control Center on top a 158- foot steel water tank tower. The Tower played a major role in the naval activity at Pearl Harbor, especially during World War II. The Tower is registered as a Category I structure in the Pearl Harbor Naval Base Historic Preservation Plan of 1978.

Guests will be treated to 1940s musical entertainment and dancing and enjoy award-winning cuisine by Chef Chai of Chai’s Island Bistro, along with fine wines. The fun begins with aircraft and vintage military vehicles and 1940s re-enactors greeting the guests. A silent and live auction will be held for items such as trips and hotel stays, fine wines, jewelry and art.

Tickets and tables may be purchased by calling Director of Development Carol Arnott at 808/441-1006 or purchasing online at PacificAviationMuseum.org. The Museum is located at 319 Lexington Boulevard on Historic Ford Island at Pearl Harbor, Oahu.

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