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A Trip to Paradise (Picture HEAVY!!)

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A Trip to Paradise (Picture HEAVY!!)

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I thought I'd share a few of my pics here from our recent trip to Hawaii. I managed to find some airfares about 7 months earlier that were obscenely cheap ($350AUD per person, return!), and managed to time it so we celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary there. To say it was wonderful to forget about life and the cancer fight for a week is an understatement!

No trip to Hawaii is complete without spending some time in Pearl Harbor. There are four museums accessible to civilians at Pearl Harbor. The Arizona Memorial Museum and Pacific Submarine Museum are relatively small but have good exhibits. To get to the actual USS Arizona Memorial you board a tender operated by the US Navy and it takes about 10 minutes to get there. The Memorial itself was quite an emotional experience. To be in such a historically-significant place was very moving.

From there you go across to Ford Island, which is an active Navy base. The battleship USS Missouri is open to the public and the free guided tour is very good. From there you drive down the old Ford Island runway to get to the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. They have a huge array of exhibits, and is the only place in the world to have an original Japanese Zero, Kate, and Val on display. The Stearman biplane (one of the pics I sent) was flown by former US President George H W Bush on his first solo flight. The museums can be done self-toured or you can book a guided tour with transport, which is what we did.
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Beautiful pictures, beautiful airplanes, beautiful location, beautiful weather even - thanks for sharing!
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Great pictures. What a great trip! Thanks for showing us.

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Great ticket price (it would bearly get me train to. Scotland from here).

Has to be up there on any shortlist of historical miltary sites within the US?

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The memories come flooding back! In the week the family visited Hawaii back in 2014, the first trip to Pearl was with the ex- and the daughters. I returned on my own the day before we were due to fly back to Oz, commuting from downtown Honolulu to Pearl using the local bus service. And good to see you got a photo of the famous bullet holes in Hangar 79, compliments of the IJN on 7 December 1941. If you haven't been, add it to your Bucket List ASAP! ;)

PS. I forgot the Doolittle Raid B-25 was on display. Reminds me that my GB18 build is STILL awaiting masking from early in the year! :oops:
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Lovely shots and sounds like an amazing trip.

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