Today the Pensacola Pearl Harbor survivors toured Hickam Air Force Base, Headquarters Pacific Air Force. Here they were briefed by Steve Diamond, PAF historian. This building received tremendous damage when the Japanese dropped bombs on it. Damage to the walls has been preserved. The group also visited the Courtyard of Heroes which has a memorial sculpture dedicated to Air Force servicemen and women.
Pearl Harbor Honor Flight Experiences F-35 Lightning Simulator
Next they visited a F-35 flight simulator. Cass Phillips made military history! He is now the first and only Pearl Harbor survivor to fly an F-35 Lightning and land it on a carrier in the simulator. He caught the third wire, too.
Pearl Harbor Honor Flight Attend USS Arizona Memorial Service at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Our Pearl Harbor survivors were invited to join the USS Arizona survivors in a memorial service held at the punchbowl, final resting place for thousands of servicemen killed during fighting in the Pacific theatre during World War II and the Korean War. Many of these heroes are un-identified, but certainly not forgotten. The service allowed us an opportunity to pay our respects to those who died when the USS Arizona sank and those few who still remain.