Air Museums Receiving Retiring Navy Aircraft

The first of the Navy Lockheed P-3 Orion aircraft retires to Naval Air Museum Barbers Point, Kapolei today.

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Lockheed P-3 Orion

Barbers Point Museum President Brad Hays and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Executive Director Ken DeHoff welcomed this historic submarine hunting workhorse from Navy Squadron VP-47 located on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay unit today. The Navy is replacing the P-3 with Boeing’s P-8A Poseidon, the military version based on the commercial airlines 737-800, scheduled to begin in 2016.

Hays said, “I am very proud to accept this aircraft as it helps tell the story of naval aviation at Barbers Point.” DeHoff said Pacific Aviation Museum would be receiving a P-3 from Navy Squadron VP-U2 next month. Both aircraft are on loan from National Museum of Naval Aviation and will be displayed in different colors and the configuration of their units and the missions they flew. Both Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor located on Ford Island, and Naval Air Museum Barbers Point located at Kalaeloa Airport, work together to preserve aircraft and tell their stories. Visitors are welcome.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, which depends on membership and donations for support. A Smithsonian Affiliate Museum, it is rated one of the top 10 aviation attractions nationally by TripAdvisor®. It is located at 319 Lexington Boulevard, Historic Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818, 808-441-1000.

“Tuskegee Airmen” Hangar Talk Scheduled for Saturday, February 8 During Black History Month

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor will welcome Hawaii’s own Tuskegee Airman Philip Baham, Dr. Dorothy Goldsborough, and a panel of Black History experts, as they discuss the stories and the legacy of the first African-American military aviators who served during WWII. The Hangar Talk, “Tuskegee Airmen Then and Now” is Saturday, February 8, 2014, 2 to 4pm in the Museum Theater.

Members of the Tuskegee Airmen (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Members of the Tuskegee Airmen (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

The panel discussion will begin at 2pm, followed by an audience question and answer session. A Meet and Greet with the panelists will follow at 3pm. The event is free with regular Museum admission and free to Museum Members.

One of the original WWII Tuskegee Airmen, Philip Baham was drafted into the Army Air Corps at 21 years of age and served as crew chief assigned to the 377th Composite Group at Tuskegee Field. Despite facing the racial injustice prevalent throughout his career, Mr. Baham continued to serve his country, achieving the rank of TSgt in the newly formed United States Air Force. Mr. Baham received a number of medals and commendations for his service. He is a founding member of Hawaii’s Artis-Baham-Goldsborough Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen and is a volunteer docent at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.

Dr. Dorothy Goldsborough is a Professor Emerita at Chaminade University and a lecturer at University of Hawaii Manoa. She is the wife of the late Romaine Goldsborough, another documented original Tuskegee Airman who served in the 332nd Fighter Group during World War II.

For more information, call (808) 441-1007, email Education@PacificAviationMuseum.org or visit online www.PacificAviationMuseum.org.

Sikorsky H-34 Choctaw Helicopter Arrives Today At Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor becomes home roost for the Sikorsky H-34 Helicopter (USN Bureau No. 148963) adding another aviation “hero” to its expanding collection of vintage and high performance aircraft. (Wednesday, August 21, 2013), the Choctaw arrived at the Museum on Historic Ford Island via Pasha Transport. It is one of the most recognizable military helicopters in history.

A Sikorsky on display at the Pacific Aviation Museum

A Sikorsky on display at the Pacific Aviation Museum

The Choctaw is a piston-engine helicopter, capable of carrying 16 combat-equipped troops. It was originally designed for naval service in the anti-submarine warfare role. In addition to serving in combat, the Choctaw has been used to rescue flood victims, recover astronauts, fight fires, and even carry U.S. presidents. Choctaw is the U.S. Army name for the versatile helicopter; it was also called Seabat and Seahorse by other services.

“The Sikorsky H-34 helicopter played a vital role in our military throughout our history, and we feel honored to showcase it to the public,” said Museum Executive Director, Kenneth DeHoff.

New Signs Promote Pearl Harbor Heritage

New historical signs known as wayside exhibits are being installed this week at various spots around Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to provide more information to inquiring visitors about historically significant sites on base.

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Hawaii (Feb. 27, 2013) Builder 2nd Class Reynaldo Castro, left, and Utilitiesman 2nd Class Jeremy Orndoff, from Naval Facilities Engineering Command Self Help, install a series of wayside exhibits at USS Parche Submarine Memorial Park. The wayside exhibits enhance the landscape by providing visitors with more thorough descriptions of the landmarks and incorporating photos with information at historic sites around Pearl Harbor. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Khor/Released)

The project took off after several years of planning by Navy Region Hawaii, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

“The idea is that when you see the wayside exhibits, it puts history in context. There’s nothing like a photograph to give one a better description of what they are looking at,” said Navy Region Hawaii Historian Jim Neuman.

There will be a total of 12 exhibits, to include locations around the former Pearl Harbor Submarine base: Lockwood Hall, the Submarine Base Chapel, Sharkey Theatre and the USS Parche Submarine Memorial Park.

Some of the exhibits include multiple signs that provide photos, historical facts and personnel profiles.

“It’s great! I think visitors will appreciate it. It shows that we understand that we have history, that we care about our history, and that we want to preserve that history,” added Neuman.

Neuman went on to say that the signs are synchronized with the National Park Service in design so visitors can see a more uniform presentation of information throughout the Pearl Harbor area.

“It’s definitely very informative when we do work like this. We learn what these various ship and submarine parts are doing here. With the pictures, it will help people understand why they put this here, why the propeller is over there, and what the memorial is all about,” said Builder 2nd Class Reynaldo Castro of the NAVFAC Self Help Seabees.

Discover Your Future in Aviation at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Young people interested in aviation as a career or hobby, schools, Scouts, and families will want to attend Discover Your Future in Aviation at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Saturday, March 23 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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This is the fourth year for the special aviation day, which will feature hands-on workshops, a career fair, flight lab, and interactive science exhibits. Participants can enter to win aviation prizes and take photos with aviation’s costumed characters such as Amelia Earhart, Rosie the Riveter, a Zero pilot, and friends. Girl and Boy Scouts can fulfill objectives for badge programs, also.

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According to Executive Director Ken DeHoff, “It’s a great opportunity to talk one-on-one with aviation professionals and learn more about careers in aviation and the related sciences.”

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Discover Your Future in Aviation is free with regular Museum admission and free to Museum members. To attend, purchase General Admission tickets online at PacificAviationMuseum.org

For more information, call Education Director Dr. Shauna Tonkin at 808-441-1005 or email Education@PacificAviationMuseum.org

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor rated “one of the top 10 aviation attractions in the nation” by TripAdvisor is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization located at 319 Lexington Boulevard on Historic Ford Island at Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818.

Amway China Gala Hosted 1600 at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor – “A Spectacular Success”

Last night 1600 very happy Amway China business incentive guests celebrated at their annual awards gala at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. “The event was a spectacular success and a first of this magnitude for Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor,” said Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff.

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All Photos by Picture This Hawaii

The festivities included a tour of the Museum, an outdoor cocktail party, and a gala dinner and show in the Museum’s 87,000 sq. ft. historic Hangar 79.  EventWorks, Inc. of Los Angeles was the meeting planner. Gourmet cuisine for the evening was catered by Chef Chai of Honolulu.

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Among those attending were Governor Neil Abercrombie and the Museum’s Chairman of the Board ADM Ron Hays.

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Fifty-seven Roberts Hawaii and Polynesian Adventure Tour buses brought the guests and performers to the Museum where more than 200 set designers, actors, dancers, sound and light technicians spent two weeks building the show in Hangar 79. The Museum staff assisted by moving aircraft and property to create an ambience fitting for the event, and by coordinating security access and ground movement for all guests, performers, and crew.

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Pacific Aviation Museum is a truly international Museum with deep connections to the Chinese people.

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Last year in January, Madame Li Xiaolin, president of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and daughter of former Chinese President Li Xiannian, presented her documentary, Touching the Tigers—about the legendary American Volunteer Group/the Flying Tigers of the Chinese Air Force—in Hangar 79–to the Governor of Hawaii and many Chinese and American dignitary guests.

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And this evening, in the back of Hangar 79, sits the P-40 Flying Tiger, one of the Museum’s 35 prized aircraft. The Flying Tigers story is one that resonates with the Chinese people.

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The Museum also partners with museums in China such as Jianchuan Museum Cluster in Chengdu where they engage young people in the important work of preserving stories of these aviation heroes through a student study exchange program with Kaiser High School here in Honolulu.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located at 319 Lexington Boulevard, Historic Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818.

 

Big Island Students and Teachers Go to Flight School at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Flight School is back at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor January 16~18 and more popular than ever as 30 middle school girls and four teachers from Ka’u High School on the Big Island of Hawaii become the first Neighbor Islanders to experience this unique new aviation adventure.

The 6th, 7th and 8th graders and their educators will spend three days exploring the history and technology of aviation in a fun and engaging new Museum program which began last summer, graduating three winged classes in 2012. The Big Island students will be the first students outside of O`ahu to enjoy this program for young aviators-in-training.

Sixth through eighth grade female students have the opportunity to soar at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s new “Flight School” program this summer. Developed by Director of Education Dr. Shauna Tonkin, the Museum’s program introduces girls to the history and science of flight.

Sixth through eighth grade female students have the opportunity to soar at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s new “Flight School” program this summer. Developed by Director of Education Dr. Shauna Tonkin, the Museum’s program introduces girls to the history and science of flight.

Flight School is made possible by grants from the Marguerite Gambo Wood Foundation and the Bill Healy Foundation. Hawaiian Airlines is a sponsor.

“Flight School is a top-notch educational series,” said Pacific Aviation Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff. “It makes great strides in engaging with and introducing the next generation to the fascinating world of aviation.”

Girls learn the basics of flight through demonstrations and experiments, tour historic aircraft, fly remote control planes, and “take to the skies” in the Museum’s flight simulation lab. Students meet historic pioneers of aviation through presentations made by costumed interpreters such as Amelia Earhart and Rosie the Riveter.

“This is a hands-on program that introduces girls to the heroes and pioneers of aviation, and helps them consider future careers in science, technology, engineering and math,” explains Dr. Shauna Tonkin who, as Director of Education at the Museum, developed the curriculum.

Ka’u High students and teachers will shift from air to sea for a well-rounded historical perspective of Pearl Harbor, as the three-day Flight School is conducted in cooperation with USS Battleship Missouri Memorial. Students will participate in the Missouri’s popular two-night encampment program and visit the USS Arizona Memorial.

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Upon successful completion of Flight School, the students celebrate with a Winging Ceremony.

For more information, contact Dr. Shauna Tonkin at ShaunaT@PacificAviationMuseum.org or 808-441-1005.

Flight School for Girls repeats: June 18~20, July 16~18, and July 24~26. Flight School for Boys will be held June 4~6 and June 25~27. Advanced Flight School for Girls will be held July 9~11.

 

Chinese Museum to Work with Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor in Honolulu has been awarded a Museums Connect (MC) grant to launch a project with Jianchuan Museum Cluster in Chengdu, China, one of Honolulu’s sister cities, it was announced today by Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff. The grant will enable the two museums to implement a student research exchange project, Past to Present: U.S.-Sino Bridge of Connection.

A full scale Boeing F4B-4 replica that has been at Honolulu International Airport for the past 6+ years is now at its new home at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.
The aircraft had some damage to the wing structure which will be repaired in the Restoration Shop in Hangar 79. The F4B-1 was the sucessor of the Boeing F2B/F3B naval fighters. The last F4Bs/P-12s were phased out of service in 1941.

Students from Kaiser High School and their counterparts in Chengdu will conduct joint research on the legendary American Volunteer Group (AVG)/Flying Tigers of the Chinese Air Force. Selected students from each country will participate in a study trip to explore the impact of WWII on cultural attitudes and traditions, and connect these lessons to contemporary issues and realities.

Museums Connect is a joint initiative of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The MC mission is to build global communities through partnership, collaboration, and cross-cultural exchanges linking the respective museums with communities both abroad and locally.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor on historic Ford Island occupies
World War II-era hangars that still bear the scars of our nation’s first aviation battlefield. Ranked #8 aviation attraction in the nation.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. It provides educational programs for adults and children and is located at 319 Lexington Boulevard on Historic Ford Island at Pearl Harbor. Opened December 6, 2006, it has been ranked by TripAdvisor® as one of the “top ten aviation attractions” in the nation. Phone (808) 441-1000 or visit www.PacificAviationMuseum.org for tickets, information and to download a coupon for a free combat simulator flight.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Celebrates Amelia Earhart’s Birthday

Visitors enjoyed a famous aviatrix’s birthday party today at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor with cake, juice, an “Amelia Earhart in Hawaii” photo exhibit to view, picture-taking with an Amelia Earhart impersonator who was also on hand to help instruct the Museum’s “Flight School for Girls” that is in progress through the summer.

Today would have been Earhart’s 115th birthday. Born July 24, 1897, she has a special connection with the Museum as she ground looped her plane near the Museum on Luke Field on take off, preventing her initial round-the-world flight attempt. Seventy-five years ago, she took a leave of absence from her Purdue University job, hopped in her Purdue-funded “Flying Laboratory” and jetted around the globe. Then she disappeared.

Google’s doodle honors Earhart with a drawing of her climbing into her Lockheed Vega 5B plane, which is housed at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. She set numerous aviation records, including being the first person to fly solo across both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

The latest expedition that hoped to find the wreckage from her final flight ended yesterday without conclusive proof of her last days.

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

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s 5th “Biggest Little Airshow”

Visitors are invited to attend, free, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s 5th “Biggest Little Airshow” on Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19, 10am to 4pm. This year, the Airshow celebrates the Centennial of Marine Aviation and the Centennial of Women in Aviation.

Guests will be greeted by 100 aircraft on the tarmac—both real and remote control models—“candy bombings” over historic Luke Field for the keiki, Hangar 79 Tours to see the new MiG Alley Korean War Exhibit, the Restoration Shop, the P-40 Kittyhawk and Flying Tigers Exhibit, helicopters, jets and aircraft displays in the 85,000 sq. ft. battle scarred hangar.

Free entertainment includes: concerts each day at 1:00pm with popular band Loaded Dice; Candy bombings for the keiki each day at 12:30 and 3:30pm; Hawaiian Airlines’ Bellanca and Pacific Warbirds’ T-6 and Luscomb 8-E Flyovers of antique aircraft, at 12:00 noon.

For two days, the presenting local RC organization the Birds of Paradise and Mainland pilots from the Academy of Model Aeronautics will pilot their massive remote controlled 1 to 5 scale planes in the skies above the Museum. 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.

Visitors can also enjoy free tours of Hangar 79, which still bears the bullet holes of the December 7, 1941attack. 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 and Flying Tigers Exhibit.

Admission to the Airshow is free. If guests also wish to visit Hangar 37 at the Museum and avoid ticket lines, Museum admission tickets may be purchased online at www.PacificAviationMuseum.org. Museum admissions may also be purchased at the Museum and at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center ticketing desk. 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.

BIGGEST LITTLE AIRSHOW ON FORD ISLAND -Presented by Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, Featuring the Birds of Paradise Airshow Team

Schedule of Events

Saturday & Sunday • August 18 & 19, 2010

Day 1/Saturday, August 18:

  • 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
  • 12:00pm – Flyovers–Hawaiian Airlines’ Bellanca, Pacific Warbirds’ T-6 and Luscomb 8-E
  • 12:30pm — “Candy Bombers” Flyover & Candy Drop for the Keiki
  • 1:00pm ~ 2pm – Free Concert
  • 2:00 pm – Remote Control Air Demonstrations Continue, through 4pm
  • 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 19:

  •  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
  • 11:00m – Remote Control Air Demonstrations Begin, through 4pm1
  • 2:00pm – Flyovers–Hawaiian Airlines’ Bellanca, Pacific Warbirds’ T-6 and Luscomb 8-E
  • 12:30pm — “Candy Bombers” Flyover & Candy Drop for the Keiki
  • 1:00pm ~ 2pm – Free Concert
  • 2:00 pm – Remote Control Air Demonstrations Continue, through 4pm
  • 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

Flight School for Girls Takes Off at the Pacific Aviation Museum

Sixth through eighth grade female students are having an opportunity to soar at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s new “Flight School” program this summer.

Developed by Director of Education Dr. Shauna Tonkin, the Museum’s program introduces girls to the history and science of flight on three consecutive weekdays, 9am to 3pm on June 26-28, July 10-12 and July 24-26.

Burl Burlingame shows the kids around one of the hangars.

“It’s a program aimed at helping girls discover the importance of flight for the growth and development of our society,” explains Dr. Tonkin.

The program consists of immersive, hands on activities with an emphasis on Pacific aviation—and fun—while exploring scientific principles of flight through demonstrations and experiments, learning to “fly” in the Museum’s flight simulation lab, operating remote controlled aircraft, and meeting the pioneers of aviation through presentations by costumed interpreters.

Transit of Venus – Hawaii Viewing Information

On the afternoon and evening of June 5, people in Hawai‘i will have the rare opportunity to view the planet Venus cross the disk of the sun. This is the last time this will happen in our lifetimes: The next transit of Venus will occur in 2117.

Hawai‘i and Alaska are the only places in the United States where this event can be viewed in its entirety. In the contiguous 48 states, the sun will set before the transit is over. In Honolulu, the transit will begin at 12:10 p.m. and end at 6:45 p.m. Because Hawai‘i is one of the best places to view this happening, it is attracting many visitors to our state.

FREE solar viewers are available at the IfA Mānoa reception desk through June 4 weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. There is a limit of two per person (at least 16 years old). These solar viewers are made available by our generous donors. Please support us at https://www.uhfoundation.org/IfA_TransitofVenus.

Never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection. Sunglasses do not provide enough protection. You can find more safety information here.

Printable information sheet (3.9 MB) – Available in English and Japanese.

Events

IfA will distribute free solar viewers that will allow individuals to look at the sun safely at each IfA sponsored event. While supplies last.

IfA Events, noon to sunset

  • Waikīkī Beach
  • Pacific Aviation Museum
  • Ko Olina
  • IfA Mānoa

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The Waikiki Beach viewing site will be at the Sunset on the Beach location toward the Diamond Head end of Kalakaua Avenue, where there will be screens showing webcasts of the transit as viewed from Mauna Kea and Haleakala. There will also be other science and technology activities for children and adults.

Pacific Aviation Museum

The Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is located on Ford Island. While the museum usually charges an admission fee, viewing the transit of Venus and related activities will be free, and the museum will stay open until dusk. The museum will offer a special discounted admission price of $8 per person. In addition to viewing the transit, those who come to this venue will be able to see a show in the IfA’s StarLab planetarium and a robotics display, and there will be other demonstrations and activities for children and adults.

Since the museum is located on an active military base, you must have military or Department of Defense identification, or you must make a reservation by providing the vehicle year, make, model, and license plate number of your car, and a government-issued ID number for each adult in the vehicle in an email to SpecialEvents@pacificaviationmuseum.org or by calling the museum at (808) 441-1007. A third alternative is to buy a ticket to the museum at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and take the free shuttle bus to the museum.

Ko Olina

The public is also invited to view the transit at Ko Olina Resort near Lagoon 4. Assisting IfA personnel there will be Greg McCartney and Stars Above Hawaii as well as amateur astronomers. There will be robotics, swimming in the lagoon, and other activities, all free.

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Weather permitting, there will also be a small viewing station on the lawn of Institute for Astronomy, 2680 Woodlawn Drive in Mānoa.

Institute for Astronomy Frontiers of Astronomy Community Event: Talking Transit: The Sun-Venus-Earth Connection: A panel discussion about the upcoming transit of Venus. Dr. Paul Coleman will speak about Hawaii’s historical role in research using the 1874 transit of Venus, Dr. Shadia Habbal will speak about the Sun and its connection to Venus and Earth, Dr. Peter Mouginis-Mark will talk about Venus itself, and Dr. Roy Gal will speak about the transit on June 5. Wednesday, May 30, 7:30 p.m. in the Art Building Auditorium (room 132), UH Mānoa. Free. Campus parking $6.

Others

The Bishop Museum will have a transit of Venus festival on that day with safe viewing opportunities. The Bishop Museum is normally closed on Tuesdays, but on June 5 the Museum and all its regular exhibit halls will be open from 9 am to 5 pm. Members of the Hawaiian Astronomical Society will be on hand from noon to 5 pm to show the transit in their telescopes.

On Hawai‘i Island, there will be telescope viewing at the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station. You will find information here. ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo is also planning some activities related to the transit, including having NASA webcast of the transit playing in their lobby and telescope viewing on their lawn (weather permitting) free of charge. Go to their website (imiloahawaii.org) for the full schedule and the latest updates.

Historical Significance

Custom solar viewers. Artwork: Karen Teramura/IfA. Higher-resolution (106.7 KB)

In Hawai‘i, this event has a special historical significance, for it echoes a transit of Venus that occurred during the reign of King David Kalākaua. On December 8, 1874, a British expedition made the first scientific astronomical observations in Hawai‘i by observing the transit from a site near the corner of Punchbowl and Queen Streets in Honolulu, as well as from locations in Waimea on Kaua‘i and Kailua-Kona on Hawai‘i. They observed the transit to gather data that would be used to determine the precise distance between Earth and the sun, and thereby, to measure the size of the solar system. More information about the 1874 transit expedition in Hawai‘i can be found here.

More Information

http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/info/vis/calendar/transit-of-venus-june-5-2012.html

There is also a live webcast from the summit of Mauna Kea: http://keckobservatory.org/news/venus_transit_live_keck_observatory

The website transitofvenus.org is a good place for general information about this event.

NASA has pictures of the previous transit of Venus (2004). NASA also has a page for the 2012 transit.

The Hubble Space Telescope will use the Moon as a mirror to see the Venus transit because Hubble cannot look directly at the Sun. Hubble will be studying Venus’ atmosphere. More

See NASA Edge YouTube video about a webcast of the transit. The transit will be webcast live at http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/.

John Philip Sousa composed the “Transit of Venus March” in 1883. Lost for many years, it was rediscovered in 2003. Click here for the full story and to listen to it.

A workshop entitled “Transiting Planets in the House of the Sun: A Workshop on M Dwarf Stars and Their Planets” will be held at IfA Maui on June 3-6. Intended for advanced graduate students and junior postdocs studying extrasolar planets, it was intentionally scheduled to coincide with the the transit of Venus.

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo will be offering an undergraduate observational astronomy course to coincide with the transit of Venus. More information is available on the web or by contacting hokukea@hawaii.edu.

While some websites may say that the transit will occur on June 6, be assured that in Hawai‘i it will occur on June 5. It depends on which side of the international dateline you are on.

70h Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Midway To Feature Symposium and New “Midway” Exhibit

To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway, which decisively and dramatically changed the course of the war in the Pacific, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is featuring a Midway Symposium Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3, 9am to 5pm. The symposium is included with Museum admission, free to Museum members, and open to the public.

Karl Lau, Designer of the diorma “The Battle of Midway”

Additionally, on Saturday, June 2, the Museum will unveil its new 40-ft diorama of “The Battle of Midway” being built in Glenview, Illinois by designer Karl Lau of On Final Approach. The 10-ft. high, three-dimensional scene recreates the ocean battle between the Japanese and American fleets. Recorded interviews of Japanese and American soldiers who participated in the battle provide narration to the moving diorama, along with sounds of aircraft diving, bombs and gunfire.

Mr. Lau, 86, was a U.S. Navy pilot for the 94th Squadron in 1944~1946, and lost eight of his 10 crew members in the Battle of Okinawa, the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War of WWII.  “I did this project because no one before had done justice to Midway. It was a turning point in the war. If this diorama doesn’t bring a tear to the eye, then we’ve lost the reason to build it,” Mr. Lau said.

Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff explains its importance as, “This exhibit is truly a piece of art built to inspire. It will be the cornerstone of our Hangar 79 Midway exhibit as we begin the fundraising campaign to restore this second battle scarred hangar.”  Hangar 79 still has visible in its leaded blue windows, the bullet holes from the December 7, 1941 attack.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

  • June 2, 3 –The Battle of Midway Commemoration
  • Symposium, 9am ~ 5pm, Saturday and 9am ~ 4:30pm, Sunday.

Saturday speakers include Captain James Fanell, John Lundstrom, Burl Burlingame, Vice Admiral Yoji Koda, and Mike Jones.  The Moderator will be Daniel Martinez.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

  • Saturday, 1pm is General Gary L. North, Commander, Pacific Air Forces; Air Component Commander for U.S. Pacific Command; and Executive Director, Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.
  • Sunday speakers include Stan Carpenter, Daniel Martinez, John DiVirgilio, Karl Lau, and a panel of speakers from Saturday’s event. The Moderator will be Daniel Martinez.

“Battle of Midway” – New Exhibit Opening & Cocktail Reception, Saturday, 5~7pm, Museum Hangar 79. The Museum’s new interactive diorama will be dedicated to exhibit sponsor and donor Fred L. Turner, former chairman & CEO of McDonald’s Corporation.

Museum & Exhibit Opening, reservations are required by May 21 and seating is limited. Reservations and information, call 808/441-1007 or email SpecialEvents@PacificAviationMuseum.org. Reservations are required to drive onto Ford Island or visitors may park at the Arizona Memorial parking area and use the Ford Island shuttle.

Purchase tickets online at PacificAviationMuseum.org, at the Museum, or Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. General admission: $20, adults; $10, children. Kama`aina and military admission: $12 adults; $7, children. Admission is free to Museum members and military in uniform.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to develop and maintain an internationally recognized aviation museum on historic Ford Island that educates young and old alike, honors aviators and their support personnel who defended freedom in The Pacific Region, and to preserve Pacific aviation history.

The Museum provides educational programs for adults and children and is located at 319 Lexington Boulevard in Hangars 37 and 79 on Historic Ford Island at Pearl Harbor. Opened December 6, 2006, the Museum has been rated “one of the top ten aviation attractions” in the nation by TripAdvisor. There are more than 600.

Mahalo to the Pacific Aviation Museum and Pictures From Discover Your Future in Aviation Day

I wanted to personally thank the staff at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor for sending me a book entitled “Nimitz Class Aircraft Carriers… On Deck” written by Jim Goodall.

I was reading it last night and was blown away by the quality of the pictures that were in the book and I kept having flashbacks from when the US Navy flew me out to the USS Ronald Reagan and I got to tour the aircraft carrier and then they catapulted me off.

So thank you very much Pacific Aviation Museum for the book.  In other museum news:

The sky was the limit yesterday as hundreds of young people interested in aviation as a career or hobby attended Pacific Aviation Museum’s 3rd annual Discover Your Future in Aviation, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

This is the third year for the aviation conference, a day filled with hands-on workshops and seminars, a career fair with over 25 participating organizations, and interactive science exhibits. Participants could also enter to win lots of aviation prizes.

According to Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff, “This is a really good opportunity to talk one-on-one with aviation professionals and learn more about careers in aviation and the related sciences, part of our Education mission at the Museum.”

Discover Your Future in Aviation is a presentation of the Museum’s Education Department. www.PacificAviationMuseum.org.

Discover Your Future in Aviation at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Next Saturday, March 31st, the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor will host a “Discover Your Future in Aviation” day from 10am to 4pm.

If you have a youngster interested in aviation as a career or hobby, this is the place to be.


This is the third year for the aviation conference, which promises to be a day filled with hands-on workshops and seminars, a career fair, and interactive science exhibits. Participants can enter to win aviation prizes, and take photos with Rosie the Riveter and “her friends” (bring your camera).

According to Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff, “It’s a really good opportunity to talk one-on-one with aviation professionals and learn more about careers in aviation and the related sciences.”

Some of the activities that guests can partake in:

  • Career fair
  • Interactive science exhibits
  • Trade show
  • Aviation demonstrations and seminars about the contributions men and women have made to aviation.

For students and anyone interested in aviation as a career, an opportunity to network and meet aviation mentors. Enter to win aviation prizes. Exhibitors are invited to participate.

Free with paid Museum admission. Special discounts for school and scout groups.

Pacific Aviation Museum is Seeking Volunteers for New Student Education and Tour Programs

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s Education Department has new student education and tour programs for 2012 and requests volunteers to help deliver these programs, plus develop additional ones, help manage events, process data entry, research, transcribe oral histories, and work on the Museum’s successful outreach program to 6th graders, “Barnstorming.”

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Hanger 37

Other volunteers are need in all areas of Museum operations, as well, from docents delivering tours to mechanics helping restore historic aircraft in the Restoration Shop.

The education programs target pre-school students through high school seniors and focus on math, science, social studies, technology and engineering connected to the principles of aviation and history of aviation in the Pacific. The opportunities are perfect for those retired from the fields of education. The Museum will train and a minimum of at least one day a month is required to be a volunteer.

Volunteers sought for the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Volunteers receive many benefits: They work hands-on with aircraft, meet and talk story with veterans and experienced pilots and mechanics, receive free admission to the Museum and to the other Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, receive discounts at the Museum gift shop, free admission to all Hangar Talks and lectures, an annual “Volunteer Appreciation” party, and more.

Contact Volunteer Coordinator Loretta Fung for more information and a volunteer application at 808-441-1008 or Loretta.Fung@PacificAviationMuseum.org. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age or partnered with a parent. The Museum will provide documentation for service hours.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, located on Historic Ford Island, 319 Lexington Boulevard, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which depends on its volunteers, members, and support from donations. 808-441-1000; www.PacificAviationMuseum.org.

Governor Abercrombie “Touches the Tigers” at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Nearly 200 gathered today, sharing memories of  “The Flying Tigers” of WWII who did so much to help the Chinese people during the war with Japan. The event took place at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor in Hangar 79 in front of the Museum’s “Flying Tigers” exhibit.

Governor Neil Abercrombie talked of the service Hawaii’s Chinese gave, and Madame Li Xiaolin, president of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries spoke and presented her new documentary, Touching the Tigers.

Touching the Tigers, a 40-minute documentary, is the story of American Flying Tigers pilot Lt. Glen Beneda, who was shot down in his fighter and wounded while defending China from Japanese forces during World War II on his 81st mission with the 14th Air Force. Beneda was rescued by Chinese farmers and soldiers and escorted to a U.S. air base where he received aid and an unforgettable attachment to the Chinese people. Mr. Beneda’s wife Mrs. Elinor Beneda and two sons Edward and Henry Beneda were in attendance at the Museum event, and honored.

The China Children’s Choir of Beijing performed. A traditional lion dance and a pupu reception ended the festivities.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor rated “one of the top 10 aviation attractions in the nation” by TripAdvisor® is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization located at 319 Lexington Boulevard on Historic Ford Island at Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818.

President of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries to Present Documentary at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Madame Li Xiaolin, president of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and daughter of former Chinese President Li Xiannian, will present her new documentary, Touching the Tigers, at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Monday, January 30, 2012, from 4:30 to 7pm.

Madame Li Xiaolin

The public is invited to attend the evening, which will take place in front of “The Flying Tigers” exhibit in Hangar 79, includes a lion dance, music, and a pupu reception.

Touching the Tigers, a 15-minute documentary, is the story of American Flying Tigers pilot Lt. Glen Beneda, who was shot down in his fighter jet and wounded while defending China from Japanese forces during World War II on his 81st mission with the 14th Air Force. Beneda was rescued by Chinese farmers and soldiers and escorted to a U.S. air base where he received aid and an unforgettable attachment to the Chinese people.  Mr. Beneda’s family will be in attendance at the Museum event.

The China Children’s Choir of Beijing will perform. A lion dance and a pupu reception will be a part of the festivities. Pacific Aviation Museum Board Chairman Admiral Ronald Hays, USN (Ret.), Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, and General Gary North, USAF, will be in attendance and will speak.

Governor Abercrombie at the Opening of the Flying Tigers Exhibit

The price for the event is $25 for Museum members and $35 for non-members. Tickets are available online at PacificAviationMuseum.org. The Ford Island shuttle will be extended for the evening so guests may park at the Arizona Memorial parking lot and take the shuttle to and from the Museum. No bags are allowed on the shuttle. Baggage storage at the Arizona Memorial will be open for the event.

Reservations are required by Sunday, January 29. Please call the Museum at 441-1007 or email SpecialEvents @PacificAviationMuseum.org.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization located at 319 Lexington Boulevard on Historic Ford Island at Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818.

“The Tuskegee Airmen” Symposium at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Honoring the African-American aviators of WWII, The Tuskegee Airmen Symposium will be held at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor from 2 to 4pm Sunday, January 15, 2012, in the Museum’s Theater. The event is free to Museum members and included in the price of regular admission for non-members. General admission tickets may be purchased online at PacificAviationMuseum.org. For more information call 808-441-1007.

One of the aircraft the Tuskegee Airmen flew, with their recognizable red paint on the tail.

The Red Tail documentary film will be shown. Keynote speakers will be Dr. Dorothy Goldsborough, University of Hawaii professor and wife of a Tuskegee Airman, and former Tuskegee Airman Phillip Baham. MSgt Chandra Mark, president of the newly formed TIA Hawaii organization will give updates on the Hawaii chapter, the Artis-Baham-Goldsborough Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.

A panel discussion will follow, with Dr. Goldsborough, Mr. Baham, and LtCol Brian Hill, the Commander of the 99th Air Refueling Squadron at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

The Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American pilots who fought in World War II, were the first African American military aviators in the United States military. Initially equipped with Curtiss P-40 Warhawks, the group also flew Bell P-39 Airacobras, Republic P-47 Thunderbolts, and North American P-51 Mustangs.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is open 9am to 5pm daily and is accessed by air-conditioned shuttle buses from the Arizona Memorial/Pearl Harbor Visitor Center parking area. For general information, phone 808-441-1000 or visit www.PacificAviationMuseum.org for tickets, information, and to download a coupon for a free combat simulator flight.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization which is dependent on its members, volunteers, and donors for support.

Stabilized Ford Island Control Tower Dedicated Today at Pearl Harbor

The newly stabilized Ford Island Control Tower at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor was dedicated in a ceremony on the Tower Lawn, today at 11:00AM, as part of the Pearl Harbor 70th Anniversary Ceremonies.

Showing off the first phase of the monumental stabilization work that has been done to save the historic landmark where the first attack alert was broadcast on December 7, 1941, the Holland American Legion Band played while the flag was raised on the top and a T-6 Texan made several passes over the assembled crowd of 200.

On top of the Ford Island Control Tower - Building S84. Executive Director and Associate Curator of the Pacific Aviation Museum raise the flag

Speakers at the event included: Acting Governor/Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz (Governor Neil Abercrombie who was instrumental in garnering federal funds to begin the preservation efforts is off island at a Governor’s Conference); Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff; Museum Board President Clint Churchill; Lance Wilhelm, senior vice president of Kiewit Building Group, the contractor for the Tower; and CAPT Jeff James, commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Click on image for a panorama from the top of the control tower

To completely restore the Ford Island Control Tower, it is estimated that $7.5 million will be needed. Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie when he was in Congress was instrumental in helping to secure $3.8 million through the Department of Defense appropriations for the stabilization and restoration of an historic landmark. This allowed the Museum to begin work. The Museum is in a capital campaign to raise the remainder needed for the complete restoration. Donations may be made online at www.PacificAviationMuseum.org.

The Ford Island Control Tower complex constructed in 1941 consists of a 3rd level 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. It 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.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is open 9am to 5pm daily and is accessed by air conditioned shuttle buses from the USS Arizona Memorial/Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. 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 “A 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.

Pacific Aviation Museum is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization located at 319 Lexington Boulevard on Historic Ford Island at Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818.