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Battleship USS Missouri Welcomes 4 Millionth Visitor

Just after 11 a.m. Hawaii time on June 4, Rachel Chmiel of Atlanta, Georgia, was welcomed as the 4 millionth visitor aboard the USS Missouri.

Michael Carr, president and chief operating officer of the Battleship Missouri Memorial, showered gifts upon the milestone visitor, including a U.S. flag that Chmiel and her children helped raise over the “Mighty Mo”. Other Oahu attractions and companies joined the Missouri in congratulating the visitor with gifts.

Visiting Hawaii with her husband, Tim Saviello, and their two children, Chmiel and her family have several ties to Hawaii and the military. Chmiel’s father served in the U.S. Navy; Tim Saviello was born on Oahu at Tripler Army Medical Center, where his father worked as a doctor; and his sister-in-law, Erin Saviello, is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force.

Pacific Aviation Museum Adds Jets

Donations from the USAF Museum and the Hawaii Air National Guard have added five vintage jet aircraft to the Pacific Aviation Museum’s collection.  The additions include an F-4 Phantom, two F-86 Sabres, a MiG-15, and an F-102 Delta Dagger.

The five aircraft, from the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, are now housed in an 85,000 square foot Hangar 79 that is also home to an F-14 Tomcat, an F-15 Eagle, a Bell UH-1 “Huey,” a Bell AH-1 Sea Cobra, and a Stinson L-5.

Missouri closed for dry dock

The USS Missouri went into dry dock on October 14, 2009 and is expected to be back and open for visitors on January 7, 2010, with a formal grand opening on Jan 29.
$18 million will be spent on maintenance and repairs which should keep the ship functioning for another 20 years. (more…)

Visitor Center Renovation in Progress

Illustration of the new Pearl Harbor Visitor Center & Museum

Illustration of the new Pearl Harbor Visitor Center & Museum

The new Pearl Harbor Museum and Visitor Center is expected to be completed in December 2010.  The construction is being done in stages so that that portions of the museum can remain open and provide continuing access to the Arizona Memorial. (more…)