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Sunday, October 18, 2009 - Pearl HarborWe put the Pearl Harbor tour off to last. Not for any particular reason, it just worked out that way.
The USS Bowfin is on display and open for tours. I've been on a WWII sub somewhere (maybe in FL) and so we didn't bother touring this one.
At the Arizona memorial, there isn't a lot to see (especially while we were there since the USS Missouri was just put into dry dock and so is not on display). It is a solemn place though considering over 900 men are entombed there.
The 15 minute film they show before taking the boat ride over to the memorial was very good. I teared up a couple of times during the film.
Here's a great aerial shot that Connie stole from the Arizona Museum. It really shows the ship in relationship to the memorial very nicely.
An F4F Wildcat in the Pacific Aviation Museum. This plane is an early version without fold up wings. It was lost in Lake Michigan during training exercises from an aircraft carrier. There is an interesting history regarding carrier based training activities in Lake Michigan - hundreds of planes were lost. See http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/org12-6i.htm
A similar plane is on display in O'Hare Int. Airport