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Coming Up in August: “The Biggest Little Airshow”

Media Release:

Visitors to Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s 3rd “Biggest Little Airshow” Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22, 10am to 4pm, will be greeted by over 150 aircraft on the tarmac—both real and remote control models–flyovers of military aircraft, candy bombings for the keiki, Hangar 79 tours to see the new MiG Alley Korean War Exhibit and other aircraft in the 88,000 sq. ft. battle scarred hangar, and free concerts featuring Maunalua Saturday at 2pm, and Natural Vibrations Sunday at 2pm. All these events are free to the public.  Free shuttles to the Museum may be accessed at the Arizona Memorial Parking area, 9am to 4:30pm.

The event is sponsored in part by Clear Channel Radio and is celebrating 100 Years of Aviation in Hawaii with a special flight demonstration of a 1/3-scale model Curtis P18, the first aircraft to fly in Hawaii.

Image courtesy of the Hawaii State Archives

For two days, the Birds of Paradise and Mainland pilots from AMA will pilot their massive remote controlled 1 to 5 scale planes for dogfights, candy “bombings,” aerobatics, and more.

Due to its popularity, the show has been expanded, with 150 planes and helicopters, dogfights, warbird reenactments, and two big days of flying, food, prize drawings, and festivities.

At the event, there will be tours of Hangar 79 that still bears the bullet holes of the December 7, 1941 attack. Inside, they’ll see helicopters, fighter planes, and a 1941 machine shop busy restoring the Museum’s aircraft. They’ll also get up close and personal with an F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Eagle, F-86s, MiG-15, and the Museum’s new “MiG Alley” Korean War Exhibit.

F14 Tomcat

For the regular admission fee ($10 adult/$5 keiki, kama`aina and military), visitors can also explore the Museum Gallery in Hangar 37 and “fly for freedom” in the Combat Flight Simulators. All other Airshow activities are free that day.

Hangar 37

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

Visitors can see 1/5-scale motorized-flyable models of military aircraft dating from WWII to the present, and period military vehicles courtesy of the Hawaii Historic Arms Association and the Hawaii Military Vehicle Preservation Association.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Board Members and Museum Executive Director, Ken DeHoff, present the Birds of Paradise with a token of our appreciation for a wonderful show

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 over 150 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.

F15 Eagle

At the Museum, the F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Eagle, helicopters and other aircraft await restoration in Hangar 79, the next battlefield hangar to undergo restoration as the Museum engages in Phase II of its conservation of the standing buildings from the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor–including the Control Tower and Hangar 79. There will be free tours available to this hangar throughout the 2-day Airshow.

An F-4 and F-102 sit nose to nose guarding the Control Tower

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

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

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