By Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s remote-control Biggest Little Airshow in Hawaii lifted off again this year on Aug. 16 and 17.
For two days, Ford Island came alive with remote-control flying and static aircraft and full size aircraft on display, “candy bombings” over Ford Island runway for the young ones, hands-on modeling stations, rides and activities.
The event also featured open access to hangar 79 to see the museum’s many aircraft exhibits and restoration shop. In addition, the event included broadcasts from the U.K. of the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship, the sky’s fastest and most breathtaking sport.
On day one of the air-show, participants saw a free screening of “Disney Planes: Fire and Rescue” in hangar 79. Ferrell Barron, the movie’s producer, spoke to the crowd before the screening, explaining the significance of the fire fighters and their aircraft, and then the movie was screened in the World War II hangar.
Local performers, mainland pilots from the Academy of Model Aeronautics, and remote control flyers from Japan all performed remote-control aviation feats for two days, flying their massive, 1-to-5 scale planes in the skies above the museum and Ford Island runway. At noon each day, full scale WWII warbirds flew over the crowd, presented by Bruce Mayes and Pacific Warbirds. Hawaiian Airlines’ first aircraft ever, the vintage Bellanca was among those.
The tours of hangar 79, which still bears the bullet holes of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack, included views of helicopters, fighter planes, and the Lt. Ted Shealy Restoration Shop. The shop is the 1941 machine shop that is busy restoring the museum’s aircraft.