‘Welcome Aboard PMRF’ celebrates centennial of Naval aviation

Friends and supporters of the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Mana are invited to attend the “Welcome Aboard PMRF” event honoring the Centennial of Naval Aviation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Due to increased security requirements, visitors planning to attend the event are asked to have a valid identification card with photo, states a PMRF release.

This requirement is for adults planning to attend the event. Children under age 18 are not required to have identification.

Examples of accepted identification would be a driver’s license or State of Hawai‘i ID card, said Tom Clements, the PMRF public affairs officer.

“Welcome Aboard PMRF” will feature numerous military aircraft, aerial targets and boat static displays as well as food and information booths.

Aircraft from the U.S. Navy, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, Army and the U.S. Coast Guard are scheduled to have aircraft on display.

These include the C-17 Globemaster from the Air Force, the P-3 Orion from the Navy, the HH-65 Dolphin from the U.S. Coast Guard, the C-26 Metroliner from the Navy, the CH-53 Sea Stallion from the Marine Corps, the C-130 Hercules from the U.S. Coast Guard, the CH-47 Chinook from the Army, the Kiowa Warrior from the Army.

Civilian aircraft include the 1944 SNJ, RV-8, Grumman AA5A Cheetah, Hawker Hunter, Experimental RLU-1 and others.

Adding to the displays will be classic cars and Harley-Davidson motorcycles, various radio-controlled airplanes, the United States Marine Corps para-jumpers, musical entertainment from the Navy’s Pacific Fleet Band and live broadcast from Rooster Country 99.9 FM.

Children’s attractions include bounce houses.

There is no admission charge to the family-oriented event, Clements said.

Visitors are asked to travel to the northern gate at Mile Marker 32 on Kaumuali‘i Highway for access to the event at the base air operations hanger and adjoining ramp.

Parking is available on base, and visitors are reminded that all vehicles will be subject to search.

No coolers, oversized bags, outside food or beverages, or pets are allowed. Knives and other items which could be considered as weapons as well as contraband are prohibited.

Call the PMRF Public Affairs Office at 335-4740 for more information on “Welcome Aboard PMRF.”

Visit www.public.navy.mil/airfor/centennial/Pages/welcome.aspx for more information on the Centennial of Naval Aviation.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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