The Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum in Honolulu is holding its annual gala and auction on December 8 in Ford Island’s battle-scarred Hangar 79. Funds raised from the annual event are used to support the restoration and preservation of this historic Word War II aviation battleground and the mission of the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Those interested can either join in person or bid online, according to the museum.
Highlights of the dozens of lots available in the live and silent auctions include a two-day jet upset recognition and recovery training course from Flight Research; a helicopter cross-country flight from Seattle to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, along with four nights of lodging and VIP EAA AirVenture experience; and an Iwo Jima and Guam historical adventure for two in March 2020, to coincide with the 75th Anniversary Reunion of Honor Tour. Also available in the auctions are trips to France, Broadway, Napa Valley, Seattle, and China, as well as experiences such as a dinner in the Ford Island control tower.
The event will have multiple WWII veterans in attendance, including American triple ace Col. Bud Anderson and Col. Charles E. McGee, one of three original Tuskegee Airmen fighter pilots to have fought during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Col. Anderson also flew combat missions in Vietnam.