Pearl Harbor: Then and Now

Firsthand accounts of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, with combined photographs taken during the attack and modern day locations where events took place.

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Vintage Warbirds Make Historic Landing on Ford Island Runway – Navy Assists With Fly In

In preparation for their December 7th flyover ceremonies at the USS Arizona Memorial and for Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s 7th Anniversary gala fundraiser tonight, two vintage warbirds made a historic landing on Ford Island Runway today at 9am. Navy runway #04/22 has been closed to air traffic for years. The Navy assisted in this fly in today.

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At approximately 9am, Bruce Mayes of Pacific Warbirds piloted his North American SNJ T-6 Texan on to the Ford Island Runway  followed by Harry Greene in his Boeing Stearman PT-17, landing about 9:15am.

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Both warbirds will be standing guard at Hangar 37 tonight at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s 7th Anniversary fundraiser gala “Some Enchanted Evening.” 450 guests are expected to attend. Loretta Ables Sayre will entertain. Dan Cooke is emcee. The event is to raise funds for the Museum’s Education and Restoration projects.

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“We’re honored to have these great warbirds gracing our event tonight,” said Museum Executive Director Ken DeHoff. “It’s a wonderful sight to see them in the air over Ford Island and landing on historic Ford Island Runway.”

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

 

“Honor Flight: One Last Mission” – Hawaii Premiere and Reception at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Honoring those who have served, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor has announced a special Memorial Day observance Friday, May 24 with the Hawaii premiere screening of the movie Honor Flight: One Last Mission. A reception honoring veterans is at 5:30pm; the screening of Honor Flight is at 6:30pm. The event is free for Museum Members and Volunteers; $25 for non-members.

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The acclaimed documentary film Honor Flight: The Last Mission is the story of four living WWII veterans and the community that gave them the trip of a lifetime to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorial constructed to honor them, nearly 60 years after the war. The Los Angeles Times calls it, “enormously moving.”

Seating capacity is limited to 200 for each screening. Reservations for the May 24 evening event are required by May 17. RSVP, tickets, and all information are online at PacificAviationMuseum.org. Call 808-441-1007 or email  Education@PacficAviationMuseum for more information.

The “Swamp Ghost/B-17E” Arrives at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

You may have seen it on the freeway this morning, April 10, in seven Matson containers, with a Honolulu Police escort. One of the most talked about artifacts of American aviation history–the Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress bomber #41-2446 “Swamp Ghost”–makes its home at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, today, Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

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The remarkable story of this WWII aircraft has been featured in numerous media, including National Geographic, New York Times, Washington Post, L.A. Daily News, and Smithsonian magazine.

B-17E 41-2446 was one of the bombers in the Kangaroo Squadron stationed in Townsville, Australia. It was to have been one of the B-17s in the flight that made it to Hickam Army Air Field during the December 7, 1941 attack. It was delayed due to engine problems but flew to Hickam on December 17 and then leapfrogged its way to Townsville, Australia. On the night of February 22, 1942, five B-17s took off from Townsville with the mission of attacking ships at Rabaul, a harbor of Japanese-held New Britain. The mission was the first American heavy bomber offensive raid of World War II.

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Unfortunately, this B-17 never made it back. Having sustained damage from enemy fire causing the aircraft to run out of fuel, it crash-landed in the remote primitive Agaiambo swamp on the north coast of Papua New Guinea. Over the next several days, the nine-member crew battled malaria, fatigue, and heat exhaustion, while they hacked their way through razor-sharp swamp grass to safety. Amazingly, all nine men made it back to the base alive.

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Having crash-landed in one of the most remote locations on Earth, the aircraft virtually “disappeared” and slipped into an oblivion that lasted almost three decades, until Australian soldiers on routine maneuvers spotted the aircraft in 1972, still partially submerged in the swamp and nicknamed it Swamp Ghost.

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To the soldiers’ amazement, it was found to be in remarkable condition and fully intact; the machine guns were in place, fully loaded and, in the cabin, there was a thermos with what used to be coffee. It soon became obvious that this plane would become the best-preserved example of a combat B-17 in existence.

The amazing story of this aircraft doesn’t end there. Over the next 30 years, David C. Tallichet and the Swamp Ghost Salvage Team attempted to recover the bomber. The government of Papua New Guinea became involved, which further stopped the process. Finally, after years of negotiations, it was cleared to return to the United States in 2010. In 2011, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor began negotiations to receive the aircraft.

“We are absolutely thrilled that this national treasure will call Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor home,” said Kenneth DeHoff, Museum Executive Director. “The B-17E ‘Swamp Ghost’ will be one of the crown jewels in our aircraft collection. While we restore these aircraft to static display standards of aviation museums globally, this one will take us several years to raise the funds to do so. We expect it to cost $5 million dollars,” said Mr. DeHoff.

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When funds are received and restoration is complete, the B-17E Flying Fortress will be on display in a specially constructed outdoor exhibit, resembling the Papua New Guinea swamp in which it was found, the perfect backdrop for this historic artifact. Donors are invited to purchase a brick for a loved one or WWII pilot, in the garden setting of the exhibit, and help restore the aircraft. The Museum invites donations of historic aircraft and aviation memorabilia. Donated artifacts are professionally cared for and enjoyed by millions of visitors from all over the world. The Museum also invites monetary donations for its restoration and education programs, as it is a nonprofit, private Museum, which depends on members and donors. To support the Museum, call 808-441-1006 or donate online at www.PacificAviationMuseum.org.

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.

 

Military Officials and Defense Contractors Discuss Sequestration

 The Briefing Organized by Representative  Mark Takai Emphasizes Sobering Realities of Federal Budget Cuts

Top military officers, Department of Defense contractors and a representative from the Chamber of Commerce met today at the State Capitol to discuss the near-term and long-term impacts of sequestration on Hawaii’s military services and the local community.

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Military officials indicated that the cutbacks would not affect their core functions. Major General Darryll Wong, Hawaii State Department of Defense said their “critical missions were exempt” and Major General Roger Mathews, U.S. Army Pacific said we have “prioritized our readiness”.

While active military personnel are exempt from any cuts, they all expected around a 20% decrease in wages for civilian positions with the cuts coming primarily through furloughs. The loss in wages would affect discretionary spending, particularly for local retailers near military installations.

The impact on the defense contractors is not quite so clear. Most agreed that construction contracts that have been funded will move forward, but they expect delays to be inevitable.  “We don’t know what’s coming. It’s hard to gauge the impact,”  said Alan Hayashi of BAE, a civilian contractor who primarily does ship repair in Pearl Harbor but has subcontractors throughout all the islands in a variety of positions.

Ben Nakaoka, Vice President of Finance for Pacific Shipyards International who operates two dry docks expressed concern that they will have to terminate skilled craftsmen.

“If quality suffers or there isn’t an adequate pool of skilled workers in the islands, the Navy can shift work to its’ other West Coast shipyards,” he told lawmakers.

Charles Ota, Vice President for Military Affairs at the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, warned that Hawaii is in close competition with all the other US defense communities across the country, all protecting themselves against the loss of their military presence.

He noted, “even though Hawaii enjoys a strategic location in the mid-Pacific, today’s fiscal realities, coupled with the advanced capabilities of today’s high tech weapons systems, may soon override our strategic location in future basing decisions.”

He added, “It is incumbent upon the legislature to avoid actions that would detract from encouraging the military to remain in Hawaii.”

Representative K. Mark Takai, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans, Military & International Affairs said, “It has been good to have this dialogue as we consider ourselves an important member of the military team.  We need to aggressively push for legislation that ensures the availability of adequate training areas for the Army and Marine Corps, ensures continuing ship repair at Pearl Harbor which is critical to the US Pacific Fleet and ensures that members of the military have strong representation in our government process.”

 

Navy Submarine USS Olympia Returns to Pearl Harbor

Friends and families of the crew from USS Olympia (SSN 717) gathered at the submarine piers to welcome back the Los Angeles-class submarine as she returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after completing a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific region, March 4.

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (March 4, 2013) The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717) approaches the pier at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam as she returns from a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. Attack submarines are designed to seek and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships; project power ashore with Tomahawk cruise missiles and Special Operation Forces; carry out Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions; support battle group operations, and engage in mine warfare. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Khor/Released)

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (March 4, 2013) The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717) approaches the pier at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam as she returns from a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. Attack submarines are designed to seek and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships; project power ashore with Tomahawk cruise missiles and Special Operation Forces; carry out Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions; support battle group operations, and engage in mine warfare. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Khor/Released)

“Olympia accomplished national tasking, theater tasking, and security cooperation events throughout the 7th Fleet area, and enhanced continued relations with our allies overseas,” said Cmdr. Michael J. Boone, Olympia’s commanding officer.

Boone said the submarine crew worked around the clock applying months of preparations and workups into mission accomplishment. The range of the missions offered a broad aspect for training and development, creating experienced Sailors across all mission areas.

“The hard work and determination from the crew of Olympia these past seven months developed a camaraderie that is second to none. We are returning to Pearl Harbor as a more experienced and capable unit,” said Boone.

During the deployment, two officers and 21 enlisted Sailors earned their designation as qualified in submarines and now wear their dolphin warfare insignia.

Boone added the crew was able to get time off to experience the diverse cultures in Yokosuka, Japan; Subic Bay, Philippines; Guam, and Singapore. While in a few of these foreign ports, foreign dignitaries and ambassadors toured the submarine.

When the deployment was finally complete, the crew came home to a waiting crowd of smiling family and friends at the pier.

“I am estatic, it’s been such a long time! The best thing is just to hold my husband and have him home.” said Beecee Hall, an Olympia spouse.

USS Olympia is the second ship named after Olympia, Wash. Commissioned Nov. 17, 1984, Olympia is the 29th ship of the Los Angeles-class nuclear attack submarines. The submarine is 362-feet long, displaces 6,900 tons and can be armed with sophisticated Mark-48 torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles.

 

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.

Navy’s First Littoral Combat Ship to Make Stop in Hawaii

The U.S. Pacific Fleet announced today that the Navy’s first littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) will depart her homeport of San Diego on March 1 and deploy to the Asia-Pacific region.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 22, 2013) The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) is underway conducting sea trials off the coast of Southern California. Freedom, the lead ship of the Freedom variant of LCS, is expected to deploy to Southeast Asia this spring. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James R. Evans/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 22, 2013) The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) is underway conducting sea trials off the coast of Southern California. Freedom, the lead ship of the Freedom variant of LCS, is expected to deploy to Southeast Asia this spring. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James R. Evans/Released)

Making good on a pledge made initially by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at the 2011 Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Freedom will deploy to Southeast Asia and Singapore for approximately eight months. Marking the first of many planned rotational deployments to the Western Pacific for the new LCS platform, Freedom will conduct maritime security operations with regional partners and allies.

“Freedom’s maiden deployment is another clear signal of the Navy’s enduring commitment to maintain security and stability in the vital Asia-Pacific region,” said Adm. Cecil Haney, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. “Rotationally deploying our new littoral combat ships improves our warfighting capability and directly supports the Navy’s rebalance strategy to the Asia-Pacific.

“Even in the face of potential budget cuts, there should be no doubt that the U.S. Pacific Fleet remains on watch and that we will continue to deploy our most capable units forward to operate with our allies and partners.”

After making initial port visits in Hawaii and Guam, Freedom is expected to participate in the International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX) in Singapore and in select phases of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series in Southeast Asia.

During the first-ever LCS deployment, Freedom will demonstrate her operational capabilities and allow the Navy to evaluate crew rotation and maintenance plans. Fast, agile, and mission-focused, LCS platforms are designed to employ modular mission packages that can be configured for three separate purposes: surface warfare, mine countermeasures, or anti-submarine warfare. Freedom will be initially manned by her “Gold” crew of 91 Sailors to include mission package personnel and an aviation detachment to operate an embarked MH-60 helicopter.

“We are genuinely excited about our deployment,” said Cmdr. Timothy Wilke, Freedom’s Gold Crew commanding officer. “The men and women of Freedom have worked extremely hard to get us to where we are today, and I couldn’t be prouder. We’re ready to get out there, work with regional navies and show the world what this ship can do.”

Freedom will remain homeported in San Diego throughout this rotational deployment to Southeast Asia. Midway through Freedom’s deployment, a crew-swap will be conducted with her “Blue” crew, commanded by Cmdr. Patrick C. Thien.

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.

USS Cheyenne Arrives in the Philippines

The last of the improved Lost Angeles-class submarines, USS Cheyenne (SSN 773), arrived in Subic Bay Feb. 1 as part of its Western Pacific deployment.

Me inside the US Navy Nuclear Sub the USS Cheyenne

Me inside the US Navy Nuclear Sub the USS Cheyenne

With a crew of approximately 150 Sailors, Cheyenne will be conducting various military exercises for training.

“It is our pleasure to visit Subic Bay. My Sailors and crew have earned this much deserved rest in this great town,” said Cmdr. Noel Gonzalez, Cheyenne’s commanding officer. “We have been out to sea for a while conducting lots of training, becoming proficient at our jobs, and employing the ship as she was designed to be used. My crew looks forward to building good relationships and reinforcing our partnerships in the Philippines.”

Cheyenne is one of the most capable submarines in the U.S. Navy. Its enhanced capabilities include advanced sonar systems and a state of the art engine room. Its sophisticated design and highly trained crew enable Cheyenne to operate globally, ready for any mission.

Commander Rogeness and I infront of the USS Cheyenne Submarin

Commander Rogeness and I infront of the USS Cheyenne Submarin

“We enjoy our job and being out to sea,” Gonzalez added, ” but every Sailor will tell you that visiting foreign ports is part of the reason many of us joined the Navy.”

“This visit to Subic Bay is well deserved,” said Chief of the Boat, Electronic Technician Master Chief Michael Hinkle. “We are looking forward to exploring the area and taking part in some community service projects during our time here.”

For crew members like Culinary Specialist Seaman Sheldon Alvarez, this is their first time visiting the Philippines.

“I am looking forward to exploring the area,” said Alvarez. “This is my first port visit ever and I am happy to be here and have the ability to contribute in an area of the world I have never visited before.”

Boarding the USS Cheyenne with an Old High School buddy.

Boarding the USS Cheyenne with an Old High School buddy.

Some of Cheyenne’s Filipino-American Sailors, like Electronics Technician Seaman Teodorico-Dante Tapia, will have an opportunity to connect with their heritage.

“I am really looking forward to finding the food I grew up eating, as well as dishes I’ve never tasted before,” said Tapia. “I can’t wait for some liberty to explore the place my elders still call home. I am an American, but I am a descendant of the Philippines and this is my first chance to see a place I’ve only dreamed of visiting!”

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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.

 

Stay Safe USS Cheyenne – Submarine Leaves Pearl Harbor With My Heart Still On Board

A year ago yesterday, I had the opportunity to get a private tour of the Fast-Attack Submarine the USS Cheyenne (SSN 773), and today I’m saddened to be learning that it is leaving Hawaii for a six-month deployment.

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii – Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Dec. 13 for a scheduled six-month deployment to the Western Pacific region.

Commander Rogeness and I infront of the USS Cheyenne Submarin

Commander Rogeness and I infront of the USS Cheyenne Submarine

Cheyenne’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Noel J. Gonzalez, commented the crew is eager and excited to get underway.

“I am extremely happy with the crew’s enthusiasm, eagerness, and motivation to accomplish our tasking,” said Gonzalez.

At the helm of the USS Cheyenne

At the helm of the USS Cheyenne

Gonzalez said the crew has anxiously waited for the day to deploy after having spent months preparing and training for the missions they will soon undertake. From different weather patterns to deployed operational tasking, Cheyenne will face many challenges during deployment that are not normally encountered in the local operating area.

For many on the crew, including Electronics Technician 3rd Class Sean Michael Dziuvenis, this will be a first deployment.

“It’s going to be a long time away from homeport, not talking to my family and friends, but I’m looking forward to the port visits and seeing the world,” said Dziuvenis.

Inside the sub

Inside the sub

Along with accomplishing the mission, the deployment will provide an opportunity to gain experience for many on the crew to include watchstanding, and submarine qualifications.

“This is without a doubt the best-trained crew in the Pacific Fleet and they are ready to complete any mission,” said Cheyenne’s Command Master Chief Michael Hinkle.

In the Sioux language, Cheyenne means "aliens" or "people of foreign toungue".  The Sioux Indiangs gave the name "Cheyenne" to the Indian tribe that roamed the plains in this region.  The crew of the USS Cheyenne earned the Commander, Submarine Squadron SEVEN Battle Efficiency "E" Award in 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

In the Sioux language, Cheyenne means “aliens” or “people of foreign toungue”. The Sioux Indiangs gave the name “Cheyenne” to the Indian tribe that roamed the plains in this region. The crew of the USS Cheyenne earned the Commander, Submarine Squadron SEVEN Battle Efficiency “E” Award in 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

Commissioned September 1996, USS Cheyenne is the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for Cheyenne, Wyoming, and is one of the most capable attack submarines in the world. She can launch Harpoon and Tomahawk missiles as well as Mark-48 torpedoes.

 

USS Hawaii Returns to Pearl Harbor

Friends and families of the crew from the USS Hawaii (SSN 776) gathered at the submarine piers to welcome back the Virginia-class submarine as she returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after completing a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific region, Nov. 20.

Commander Rogeness of the USS CHEYENNE and I in front of the USS Cheyenne Submarine when I got to tour the sub in Pearl Harbor

“It was an honor and privilege to sail with these warriors, ambassadors and Sailors, taking the war canoe on her second Western Pacific deployment, “said Cmdr. Stephan G. Mack, USS Hawaii commanding officer. “We are very proud of them for their accomplishments.”

During the deployment, Hawaii accomplished tasking in support of theatre and national interests and participated in two combined anti-submarine warfare exercises.

Hawaii also conducted several port visits that strengthened relationships with key regional allies, including Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines throughout her six months away from Pearl Harbor. While in the foreign ports, the crew experienced different cultures and participated in social events with their host ships.

Mack said the crew of 137 performed flawlessly in all respects in the six month deployment. They were also highly successful in the area of professional development with 24 Sailors having earned their submarine qualification or “Dolphins” and many returning to homeport advanced to the next higher pay grade.

“Deployment exposed all Hawaii Sailors to the dynamic operational environment of the Western Pacific, enabling all hands to achieve more senior qualification and gain valuable at sea experience,” said Mack. “The experience we gained operating Hawaii for six months forward-deployed, away from shore-based support, demonstrates our capability for extended operations, our commitment to distant friends, and the flexibility, endurance, and mobility of these mighty warships.”

For 57 of the 137 Sailors on board, this was their first deployment experience according to Mack. Sonar Technician Submarines Seaman Craig Parazak describes the deployment as eye opening and something that he has a new found respect for.

“It was the hardest work that I have ever had to do, but very rewarding,” said Parazak.

Mack said the submarine’s return home from deployment back to family and friends was made even better by their return to the beautiful island of Hawaii.

“There is nothing better than being on the Hawaii in Hawaii,” said Mack.

Hawaii is the first commissioned vessel of its name. The submarine was named to recognize the tremendous support the Navy has enjoyed from the people and state of Hawaii, and in honor of the rich heritage of submarines in the Pacific.

USS Crommelin Decommissioned Today – Last Stop in Hilo Was During Merrie Monarch

During last years Merrie Monarch, I got invited to tour the Pearl Harbor-based guided missile frigate warship the USS Crommelin and learned at that time that it would be decommissioned later on this year.

USS Crommelin (FFG-37), twenty-eighth ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class of guided-missile frigates.

Well today the US Navy released the following release announcing that it is being decommissioned today.

Sailors line up in front of the USS Crommelin while she was ported in Hilo last year

The US Navy reports:

The Navy is retiring a Pearl Harbor-based guided missile frigate after putting the ship to use for nearly 30 years.

The Navy is holding a ceremony on Friday to decommission the Crommelin.

In 2004, the Crommelin intercepted and recovered more than 20 tons of cocaine worth more than $1 billion and detained 29 drug smugglers. It also rescued 96 people adrift at sea.

The Crommelin is named after three brothers from Wetumpka, Ala., who served during World War II.

The oldest became a surface warfare officer while two others died in combat as naval aviators. A monument commemorating their bravery rests in Battleship Park in Mobile, Ala.

The Crommelin entered service in 1983.

While the Crommelin was in Hilo for the Merrie Monarch, Mayor Kenoi’s office proclaimed it to be USS Crommelin day and a small celebration was held for the sailors.

One sailor got to pick and choose who he wanted to have dance with the dancers and I could see big smiles on all the sailors faces as he was calling out names.

You have to know that Hawaii is the place that all sailors in the Navy want to be stationed!

Tahitian Dance for the sailors of the USS Crommelin

I’m glad I got my USS Crommelin Coin before the ship was decommissioned as this buggah just became even more important to me!

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 Now Affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution – Free Day Coming Up

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor has recently been named the newest Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, as part of the Smithsonian Institution Affiliates Program, it was announced by Pacific Aviation Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff.

“The Smithsonian Affiliations Program is an expansive network of 150+ museums and educational organizations that demonstrate excellence in the field of historic preservation and education and we’re delighted to be selected to be a member of this esteemed organization,” DeHoff said.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s association with the Smithsonian Institution means access to artifact loans, traveling exhibitions and education programs from the Smithsonian Institute, the world’s largest museum, as well as from other Affiliate museums. The Museum is hosting a private reception on Thursday, September 20, 5:30 to 7:30PM to celebrate its Smithsonian Affiliate status.

Again this year, the Museum will be participating in Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! with free admission to the Museum on September 29 with tickets from: .http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ticket/

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.