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Dinner Party at the Pacific Aviation Museum

This past weekend our company held a dinner party at the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island at Pearl Harbor. It was not only a first for our company to have a party there, but also the first time on Ford Island PERIOD for many folks, including myself.

 

As long as I’ve lived on Oahu, I’m actually ashamed to say I have never been to the Arizona Memorial yet. YET. However now after seeing how totally AWESOME it is to be on Ford Island, I am definitely making plans to return again SOON! Arizona Memorial, to the Mighty Mo’, then finish it off at the Pacific Aviation Museum!


Scale model of a Pan American Boeing 377 Stratocruiser (1950s era)

A privately-funded operation, the Pacific Aviation Museum is comprised of Hangar 37, which also includes a cafe, museum store and flight simulators, plus an area where privately held parties such as the one we threw are set-up. And there’s also Hangar 79, which has the more modern jet age aircraft.

Hangar 37 includes mostly aircraft, displays and information about World War II in the Pacific. Which I must say, really gave me “chicken skin”.


Mitsubishi A6M2 Model 21 Type 0 (Naval Carrier-based Fighter)

Before continuing, I must note that many of my photos got “blown” due to setting my camera (Canon PowerShot S100) on HDR mode, a recommendation my coworker (an excellent photographer) gave me. While I normally never second guess my camera and review each shot, I should have at this event, as I would later discover the HDR mode wasn’t working as it should, not piecing together each shot properly. And I know it can do HDR in handheld mode, as I’ve done it many times with my S95 (previous model) with great results. But anyways, so I lost a lot of great photos at this event due to not having my HDR set-up correctly… or I drank too much coffee (and I don’t drink coffee), or somethin’.


Japanese ordnance, including torpedoes and bombs left a “Rain of Destruction” at Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Hawaii on December 7, 1941, “A date that will live in Infamy.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt


The National Flag of Japan was signed by friends and neighbors as a token of good luck for soldiers, known as “Hinomaru Yosegaki”


Wreckage of Airman 1st Class Shigenori Nishikaichi’s A6M2 Zero, recovered from the island of Niihau.


Along with mules, this Cletrac Tractor was used to furrow trenches on the entire the island of Niihau so that it would be difficult to land their by Japanese pilots (see previous photo of wreckage)


Boeing N2S-3 Stearman (Trainer)


Kawanishi H8K1 “Emily” Long Range Reconnaisance Flying Boat (scale model)


Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat (Fighter)


Flight Simulators


Dinner is served in Hangar 37 under the wing of a North American B-25B Mitchell (Medium Bomber)


Dinner just doesn’t get any cooler than this!


Dining Hall on the port side of the B-25 Mitchell


Catering by Tanioka’s – Maki Sushi

As you see, dinner was catered by Tanioka’s in Waipahu, which was kinda’ an interesting choice. Of course Tanioka’s always rocks ono kine grindz, and everyone was raving how ono the food was. Tanioka’s was rockin’ the grindz on Ford Island that night!


Catering by Tanioka’s – Fried Noodles


Catering by Tanioka’s – Oriental Chicken Salad

Catering by Tanioka’s – Mochiko Chicken


Catering by Tanioka’s – their infamously famous Fish Patty… da’ best!!!


Wow, this person REALLY LOVES Tanioka’s Teri Beef!


Pacific Aviation Museum banquet area in Hangar 37, with a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (Pursuit Fighter) and TC-65 Defender suspended overhead

While our party only had access entry to Hangar 37, there were a bunch of jets and other cool military aircraft on display right outside Hangar 79. Following are those aircraft. Enjoy.


Sikorsky SH-60B Seahawk (Navy variant of the Army Blackhawk)


Sikorsky SH-60B Seahawk Sonobuoy launcher (Aurora Flight Sciences)


Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King (ASW & SAR)


North American T-6 Texan (Trainer)


Republic RC-3 Seabee (Amphibious Sport)


Lockheed F104A Starfighter


Lockheed T-33 T-Bird/Shooting Star (Trainer)


Douglas A3D/NTA-3B SkyWarrior (Bomber)


North American Aviation F-86 Sabre (Interceptor)


Convair F-102A Delta Dagger (Interceptor)


McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom (Fighter)


Grumman F-14D Tomcat (Fighter)


Nose/cockpit section of a B-52 Stratofortress Bomber


General Dynamics F111-C Aardvark (Fighter-Bomber)


“My other car is a Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter Jet

The Pacific Aviation Museum is open daily, accessible via a shuttle bus only (no large bags allowed). Because this is an active military base, it’s highly secure, therefore must be noted background checks are run on all guests that come onto Ford Island for private parties, requiring each person to have a clearance certificate to show the MPs, along with valid ID at the front gate.

To note on that, there will be the “Biggest Little Air Show in Hawaii” at the Pacific Aviation Museum coming up this August on Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th. The general public will be allowed to drive onto the base during this event, while the tickets are just $5 per person, and $15 for an entire family. This includes access to both Hangar 37 and Hangar 79. Great deal!

Summing it up, if you’re looking for a very cool and unusual place to hold your next big party, look no further than the Pacific Aviation Museum. Even if not for a private party, just visit it if you’re on Oahu, whether kama’aina or visitor. It’s an educational first class operation, run by professional staff (hello to Roxanne and Brandy!), very clean, and the displays will leave you and your guests in awe of the history and incredible global power of America. 10 SPAM Musubi rated!

Pacific Aviation Museum
Historic Ford Island
319 Lexington Boulevard
Honolulu, Hawaii  96818

Tel. (808) 441-1000
www.PacificAviationMuseum.org

The Tasty Island rating:

Related links:
Pacific Aviation Museum – Yelp user reviews
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor – TripAdvisor user reviews

5 thoughts on “Dinner Party at the Pacific Aviation Museum

  • July 13, 2015 at 3:16 pm
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    Pomai,
     
    I used to work on Lockheed T-33 T-Bird/Shooting Star (Trainer) and General Dynamics F111-C Aardvark (Fighter-Bomber) when I was in the military. Actually, I was assigned flight crew status as a Radio Operator (RO) on old WWII aircraft that was brought out of retirement during Viet Nam conflict (better known as South East Asia Wargames) flying all over Southeast Asia and in Viet Nam itself. Two years of volunteer deployment which I learned a lot about myself, people and their culture.

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    • July 13, 2015 at 3:37 pm
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      Ken,

      You know what plane P.A.M. needs to get a hold of, is the OV-10 Bronco. LOVE that aircraft! I remember you saying you flew in them (or one) during the ‘Nam confict. According to Wiki, 81 OV-10s were lost in battle in ‘Nam.

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  • July 13, 2015 at 4:55 pm
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    Pomai,
     
    The OV-10 Bronco “Love Child” better known as the “Flying Skateboard”. I believe it was the only USAF inventory aircraft that PACAF ordered the weapons armament be removed lowering the aircraft down to Forward Air Control (FAC) status with smoke marking rockets only because the OV-10 was leaving no targets for the jet jockeys (even in conflict you have politics). Loved the OV-10 as I had to field install my avionics equipment on the flightline and I went on a test flight checkout ride—–man you could pull some Gs with that baby!!!! Love, Love, love!!!!!! All we had for FAC was O1E and O2A but when the OV-10 showed up it was a major game changer!!

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  • July 14, 2015 at 1:52 am
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    Pomai,  great entry.  How do one get invited to this event?  My boyfriend was

    a former navyseal would love going there but for me there for the FOOD!

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  • July 14, 2015 at 8:30 am
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    @ Vickie – Other than private parties held here as this one was, as noted, the Museum is open to the public 7 days a week (via shuttle bus only). Also don’t forget the “Biggest Little Air Show” coming up this August. Not only can you drive right onto Ford Island during that event, but you also get entry into the museum (both Hangars) for just $5!

    @ Ken – Wow. Removed weapons because the OV-10 left no targets for the jet jockeys, aye? See, even the military has “union” rules. “Excuse me sir, you can’t take out the trash, that’s my job.”  lol

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