Biggest Little Airshow Recreates Battle Of Midway

A pilot for the Biggest Little Air Show conducts maintenance on his model P-40 Warhawk prior to performing.

MC2 Jason Abrams

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

Model aircraft pilots from around the country gathered at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor for the Biggest Little Airshow, June 34, to recreate air-to-air battles that took place during the Battle of Midway.

The museum, located on Ford Island, hosted the air show. It commemorated the Battle of Midway 75th anniversary, to honor Sailors, Marines and Airmen who fought in one of the most decisive actions of World War II and the turning point of the war in the Pacific.

“This year we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway and dedicate this air show to the men who flew in this historic battle,” said Kenneth DeHoff Jr., executive director for the museum, during his opening remarks.

The air show utilized scale-models of P-40 Warhawks, F4F Wildcats and SDB Dauntless bombers, which were used during the battle, to recreate the air-to-air combat that led to the sinking of four enemy carriers.

Also represented at the air show were three scale-model Mitsubishi A6M Zeros, long-range enemy fighter planes that played a significant part in the attack on Pearl Harbor but were ultimately not enough to defeat U.S. forces at Midway.

The Battle of Midway is one of the most decisive victories in U.S. military history, turning the tide of World War II in the Pacific theater and allowing U.S. forces to take the offensive for the first time following the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The museum’s mission is to develop and maintain an internationally recognized aviation museum on Ford Island that educates young and old alike, honors aviators and their support personnel who defended freedom in the Pacific Region and preserves Pacific aviation history.

“These are the very hangars that withstood the attack on Oahu,” De-Hoff said. “Ladies and gentlemen, you are on sacred ground, where the first bombs fell at Pearl Harbor. You’re on America’s aviation battlefield.”

For more information on historic military battles, including the Battle of Midway, see www.history.navy.mil.

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