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Amelia Earhart’s crash on Ford Island, March 20, 1937


The movie Amelia graphically depicts Amelia Earhart’s crash on Ford Island in March, 1937. Ford Island is located in the heart of Pearl Harbor and is home to Pacific Aviation Museum. The crash ended her first attempt to fly around the world. The scene perfectly captured the suddenness, confusion, and terror of the crash. But what really happened?

Earhart's Crashed Plane on Runway of Luke Feild



Simply but sadly put, Amelia Earhart ground-looped her Lockheed Electra on take-off. To begin her departure, she had taxied her aircraft to the Northeast end of the island (the nearest end to the current bridge). After lining up with the runway, she revved the engines on the powerful Electra. The aircraft started veering to the right. Earhart adjusted he throttles to correct the drift, but she overcorrected. It had rained heavily the night before, and the field was slick. The plane spun left into a full ground loop. All of the...

New Arrival F-102A Delta Dagger

During the dangerous period between the late 1950s and 1960s, the F-102A Delta Dagger was the heart of America’s Air Defense Command. If war had broken out, the U.S. SAGE network would have directed flights of Mach 1.25 F-102As to attacking Soviet bombers. Near the bombers, the “Deuces” would have taken over using their powerful on-board radars and computerized weapons control systems. They would have fired volleys of heat-seeking missiles, radar-guided missiles,


unguided Mighty Mouse rockets, and even nuclear-tipped missiles. This radical interceptor was the first production aircraft with a delta wing. During its development, it pioneered aerodynamics in the transonic flight realm from Mach .8 to Mach 1.2. It was the first plane designed (actually redesigned) according to the area rule, giving it a distinctive wasp waist when viewed from above. The Deuce was America’s first supersonic interceptor. The Deuce had a long service life. First fielded in 1956, it remained in...

Biggest Little Airshow Gets Bigger!

Honolulu, HI--Visitors to Ford Island will be greeted by the F-14 Tomcat on the tarmac and the AT-6 Advanced Trainer plane in front of the red and white control tower as Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor presents the 2nd "Biggest Little Airshow on Ford Island," Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9, 10am to 4pm. The Birds of Paradise will pilot their massive remote controlled 1 to 5 scale planes for dog fights, candy "bombing," aerial stunts, and more. The Airshow is free with paid Museum admission. Due to the popularity of the initial event in March, the August show has been expanded, adding many more planes, lots of dogfights, and two big days of fun, food, prize drawings and festivities. At the event some lucky visitors will win a chance to pilot a remote control aircraft. There will be tours of the Restoration Hangar 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...

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