Biggest Little Airshow draws 11,000+

More than 11,000 visitors attended — for free — the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s 5th “Biggest Little Airshow” on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18-19. The airshow celebrated the Centennial of Marine Aviation and the Centennial of Women in Aviation.

According to organizers, 100 aircraft were on the tarmac, in the hangars, and in the sky — both real and remote control model. There were “candy bombings” over historic Luke Field, Hangar 79 tours to see the new aircraft the museum has acquired recently, sponsor booths, and museum education booths, including flying in RC flight simulators, robotics, dress like a pilot, a peek inside the cockpit of the F-15, make and take a plane, and more.

Loaded Dice rocked the airshow each day at 1pm with a free concert.

For two days, the local RC organization, the Birds of Paradise, and mainland pilots from the Academy of Model Aeronautics piloted their massive remote controlled giant-scale planes in the skies above the museum. Specialty acts performed by the Birds of Paradise included: Pattern, 3-D fixed wing and helicopter aerobatic flights, South Pacific battles, “Candy Bomber” drops, and a Skycam helicopter. Remote control aircraft were in the air and on static display, including, jets, helicopters, F-22s, warbirds, B-17s, P-38s, Corsairs, OV-10s and more.

Admission to the airshow was free and all donations went to the museum’s education and restoration projects.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is located in two historic battlefield hangars and the Ford Island Control Tower at 319 Lexington Boulevard, Historic Ford Island, Honolulu, Hawaii. For more information: PacificAviationMuseum.org

Check out Flickr for more photos from the event.

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