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TommyUSA
10-09-2010, 21:39
Ford Island (Pearl Harbor) Control Tower to be restored

Read about it here (with a pic):
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=55827

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listopad
10-09-2010, 23:56
This must be the most important structure in the USA regarding WWII, thankfully you have an organisation that acknowledges the historical value of the place. Are there any more current photos of the tower and area? It would be great to see them.

TommyUSA
11-09-2010, 02:52
Well... search images.google.com for "ford island control tower"...

Cheers,
Tommy

Peter Kirk
11-09-2010, 09:08
The taller tower draws your attention but it is the older, smaller one that looks more interesting.

TommyUSA
08-02-2011, 22:36
Photo of the old PBY Catalina seaplane ramps on Ford Island. The arrows mark Japanese strafing run scars:

http://www.hellothomas.org/aviation/pearl.jpg

Tommy

PETERTHEEATER
09-02-2011, 09:35
Those aircraft were flying low!

TommyUSA
12-02-2011, 02:01
Those aircraft were flying low!

I share your skepticism.

Here are more pics, inside and out, of the Ford Island control tower. Caveat: on Facebook...

http://on.fb.me/hjMU3C

Richard Flagg
07-03-2011, 23:54
Video on this website;
http://www.military.com/video/saving-the-ford-island-tower-militarycom-original/817468977001/

TommyUSA
09-06-2011, 14:00
Just a quick update: The restoration of the Ford Island tower(s) is well underway! Don't know where they came up with the money in this cash-strapped time! Here is pic of the tower swathed in scaffolding.

Tommy

PETERTHEEATER
10-06-2011, 07:53
It's an important part of US history and needs to be preserved and maintained I am pleased that work is progressing.

Peter Kirk
10-06-2011, 12:37
Let's hope sufficient money was acquired before the recession bit.

TommyUSA
30-11-2011, 22:22
Restoration update: Phase I complete. Scaffolding coming down; exterior painting done; windows replaced.

Before and after pics:

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More pics and info at http://ow.ly/7w1L1

Tommy

tamiya monkey
30-11-2011, 22:38
Its great to see the progress on this very important tower, thanks for the update.

Daveg4otu
30-11-2011, 22:44
Starting to look like it did when I saw it in 1962.

PETERTHEEATER
01-12-2011, 10:35
Thanks Tommy, I just hope I can visit one day....

canberra
01-12-2011, 20:15
It must be one of the oldest control towers in the world, and funnily enough Tora Tora Tora is on film 4 at the moment.

Daveg4otu
07-12-2011, 10:02
70 years ago today..............

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16063511

TommyUSA
07-12-2011, 14:16
My wife's uncle was at Wheeler Field. A piece of shrapnel broke his jaw. He always said it was from the Arizona blowing up, but it is more likely from a nearby explosion.

Tommy

canberra
07-12-2011, 18:34
As Roosevelt said "a date which will live in infamy". And was it Yamamoto who said after the raid "we have awakened a Tiger"??

AiXAdmin
07-12-2011, 18:40
and Britain was no longer alone....

canberra
07-12-2011, 18:43
Well yes and no!!!! Churchill apparently contacted Roosevelt for a meeting but Roosevelt said he was busy dealing with the Japanese, of course when Hitler declared war on the USA on the 11th of December that changed things!

TommyUSA
07-12-2011, 20:27
As Roosevelt said "a date which will live in infamy". And was it Yamamoto who said after the raid "we have awakened a Tiger"??

We have a awakened a slumbering giant and filled him with a terrible resolve.

canberra
08-12-2011, 18:55
Thanks for that.

And Im suprised someone hasnt mentioned that there was confusion on the part of the Japanese over the date of the attack, of course it took place on the 8th of December in their time. And lets not forget that the Japanese embassy were late in giving the American government their declaration of war, it should have happened bfeore the attack.

Richard Flagg
25-09-2012, 00:21
This was received today via email.


Aloha,

Aero-News and Flight Journal have run the story on our effort asking the Navy to move their solar panels to a different location and not desecrate the landscape and hallowed ground of Ford Island runway:

http://www.aero-news.net/AnnTicker.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=5240b7e6-004a-4fd8-8e87-7bed717c5d78
http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2012/09/12/pearl-harbors-historic-runway-to-be-covered-with-solar-panels/

We created a petition on Change.org and have received over 1,000 signatures to date. Click on the link below and scroll down to see the comments that have been left. There are power statements left by people around the world who are concerned about saving the runway. Please sign it:

http://www.change.org/petitions/remember-pearl-harbor-save-historic-ford-island-runway

This is an effort to preserve a sacred National Historic Landmark! Please share this message with your friends.

Mahalo,
Blue Skies,
Ken