World War II airplane control tower to become part of Pacific Aviation Museum
The Pacific Aviation Museum is set to welcome a new addition later this year. The museum has obtained a lease from the Navy for the old control tower that took damage during the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941. Guests who have never even been to Hawaii before may recognize the iconic red and white tower from famous Hollywood films such as “Tora! Tora! Tora!” and “Pearl Harbor.” Situated on Ford Island just a short distance away from the museum, the tower has suffered deterioration over the years and is in dire need of restoration. To accomplish this goal, $100 million is being raised as part of an effort to upgrade the museum and include a full restoration of the tower. An event to honor U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inoyue (D-HI) is planned for April 27 in Washington D.C. and will also serve as a fundraiser to help bring in some of the funds that are needed. Restoration plans include sandblasting and water-blasting the control tower’s old paint; rust-weakened portions will also receive new welding. Eventually the Pacific Aviation Museum hopes to construct an elevator to the crow’s nest atop the tower that will afford visitors a splendid view of Ford Island and Pearl Harbor. Here at Discover Hawaii Tours we are excited to hear of the preservation of this important landmark. The experience at the Pacific Aviation Museum should be greatly improved with its addition to the facility. Guests who wish to visit Pearl Harbor and the museum should check out our Day at Pearl Harbor – Tour 2, which includes admissions to all of the sites at one low price. Join us for an unforgettable day as you see some of the most storied sites in American history.