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Friday, 07 January 2011

Found as described during a visit to the nearby Pacific Aviation Museum.

This was a incredible opportunity to walk in the midst of a seminal historic location from WWII, where one could literally reach out and touch the bullet holes left in the concrete structures of the hangars. The site is a part of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, established on December 5, 2008. Administered by the National Park Service, the monument includes sites from Alaska, Hawaii and California which played a historic part in WWII. If you are visiting the nearby Arizona Memorial, be sure to include this museum in your visit as well as the nearby Oklahoma Memorial and Missouri Memorial (all are serviced by a shuttle bus system from the Arizona Memorial Visitors Center).

Construction of the control tower began in early 1941, and its height was intended to allow it to function in a dual role as a submarine lookout tower. On Dec. 7th 1941 the tower structure had been completed along with a portion of the platform on the top. Construction was completed in 1942 and originally was painted a solid dark color. The control tower didn't receive it's familiar red and white paint until 1942. The two story building and its third story lookout bay is the air traffic control tower that existed on December 7, 1941 during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. A rendering of the attack (from the Pacific Aviation Museum) shows the completed tower in its original dark paint scheme.

Efforts are underway by the Pacific Aviation Museum (located in nearby Hangars 37, 54, and 79) to restore the 195' tall red/white tower and its adjacent Control Tower/Admin Bldg. The project is in its initial fundraising phase, and you can contribute to its cost at the museum located just a few steps SW of this tower. The last time the control tower was painted was for the production of the movie "Tora Tora Tora", released in 1970.

TU1425 PEARL HARBOR FORD IS CONT TWR, HAWAIILooking SW to the structure, with the Pacific Aviation Museum's Hangar 37 at right.

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