Legendary SBD Pilot RADM James “Jig Dog” Ramage, USN (Ret.) Honored Today at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor SBD Dauntless Dedication & Reception

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff dedicates the Museum's new SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber to legendary WWII pilot James "Jig Dog" Ramage, at the celebration today.

Media Release:

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor hosted a celebration focused around one of the newest arrivals to the Museum- the SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber #36177-today, Saturday, March 6, 4:00 pm. The event dedicated the Museum’s new SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber as it took its place on the floor of Hangar 37 among the other WWII aircraft. Legendary World War II pilot and hero RADM James “Jig Dog” Ramage who flew a Dauntless was guest of honor, along with Museum patron Fred L. Turner, who donated funds for the Dauntless.

The event consisted of the placement of the newly arrived aircraft on the Museum floor, talks by ADM Ron Hays, Chairman of the Board of the Museum; benefactor Fred L. Turner; and honoree Jig Dog Ramage, legendary WWII Dauntless pilot. Military officials and Rep. Neil Abercrombie were in attendance. A reception followed…

The SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber (Bureau No. 36177) was employed throughout the Pacific Theater from 1940 to 1944. This aircraft had revolutionary dive brakes that enabled the aircraft to attack targets from a very steep angle.

Naval Aviator RADM James “Jig Dog” Ramage was present and honored as an experienced World War II pilot who not only flew the Dauntless in the midst of the War but also led squadrons of SBD Dauntless pilots. Ramage participated in multiple combat operations throughout the
Pacific Theater and was awarded the Navy’s highest honor, the Navy Cross. He’s renowned as a commander of one of the SBD squadrons in the Battle of the Philippine Sea, June 19 and 20, 1944.

Fred L. Turner who made it possible for the Museum to lift an SBD-2 Dauntless from Lake Michigan on June 15, 2009 (Bureau No. 2173), was also on hand and honored.

Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff said, “Fred Turner is a wonderful friend of the Museum and has generously committed a $1 million personal gift toward this SBD Dauntless project. Being able to host an event honoring both Jig Dog Ramage and Fred Turner will be an exciting afternoon.”

Pacific Aviation Museum is open 9am to 5pm daily and is accessed by air conditioned shuttle buses from the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center at Pearl Harbor. Daily, visitors from all over the world view the vintage aircraft, enjoy hands on technology experiences including combat flight simulators, hear moving stories told by veteran docents, and see “The Date Which 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. 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 preserves Pacific aviation history. The Museum provides educational programs for adults and children and is located at 319 Lexington Boulevard in Hangar 37 on Ford Island at Pearl Harbor.

2 Responses

  1. I am So proud of you Grandpa Jig! You are & always will be my hero, I love you soo Much & thank you for everything you have done for this country…(hug) Love your grand daughter Patricia…:)

  2. My friend went to visit this museum and I would like to share his experience so others know what to expect. Sorry to say, overall he was disappointed because he found it very expensive for what he saw, with lots of added charges once you got in. Once you paid admission ($15 adult, $8 child) you only got into the first part of the museum, but then if you wanted to go to the big hanger to see the new planes as recently publicized and shown in the photo above, you had to pay more (another $25/adult $18/child per person). They have a rock wall you can climb if you pay more. The flight simulators, shown in the video on youtube, you have to pay extra to use. You can not walk around outside on your own to see the other things because you are on a military base.. you have to pay them to take you on a bus. The museum store and restaurant were nice but it is counter service not full service as stated in the video. He took a teenage child with him who said she was interested, but in the end she didn’t find much to interest her and the whole visit ended up costing a lot more money than expected. So if you are an adult and really into this historical niche and like to read displays and look at murals and have deep pockets, then terrific, but if you are on a budget and looking for something to do with the family, there are better options. It would be nice if they could get sponsors to lower the admission price and make it more clear at the start that there are a lot of extra charges if you want to see/ do everything they advertise and publicize.

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