The Pacific Aviation Museum in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii is marking the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Midway on June 7th with a lecture by the museum’s curator, Burl Burlingame, and their restoration manager, Jim Martinelli. Starting at 2pm, the presentation, titled “Flying Fortresses Over Midway”, will discuss the important role B-17s played during this pivotal battle, often regarded as the turning point in the Pacific War. At around 4pm, once the question and answer session has concluded, guests will join a private tour of Hangar 79 for a briefing and behind-the-scenes viewing of the museum’s combat veteran B-17E Flying Fortress. Known almost universally as “Swamp Ghost” due to its multi-decade sojourn at it’s 1942 crash site in a New Guinea swamp, this Flying Fortress is finally getting some TLC at the hands of the museum’s conservators. Jim Martinelli will describe the progress he and his team have made in breathing life back into the old bomber, and what lies ahead. It is bound to be a fascinating presentation!
The event is free with regular Museum admission and free to Museum Members. Call (808) 441-1000 or visit www.PacificAviationMuseum.org for more information.
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, which depends on membership and donations for support. A Smithsonian Affiliate Museum, it is rated one of the top 10 aviation attractions nationally by TripAdvisor®. It is located at 319 Lexington Boulevard, Historic Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818.