Ford Island was at the center of the Pearl Harbor attack during World War II on December 7, 1941.
With dozens of long-range PBY patrol bombers on the Ford Island base and American battleships off Ford Island’s coast, it’s no wonder why the Japanese made Ford Island the focal point of their Pearl Harbor attack.
The attack destroyed nearly 300 U.S. planes, disabled the Pacific Fleet’s battleship force by damaging or destroying 18 American ships, and claimed the lives of more than 2,500 people (and wounded more than 1,000 more). The attack on Pearl Harbor, which lasted less than two hours, made it impossible for the U.S. to carry the fight to Japan to spoil the Japanese expansion in the Pacific.
Here are 36 photos and images of the Ford Island Pearl Harbor attack that occurred on 12/7/1941.
Today, Ford Island is still an active military base at Pearl Harbor in Oahu. Tourists can visit parts of Ford Island by visiting the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, which gives visitors access to historic Hangar 37 and Hangar 79.
Pearl Harbor Warbirds offers the best Hawai‘i flight adventure tours available. Be immersed in the details of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor and soar above the important sites that played a part in the “Day of Infamy.” Relive history as you retrace the steps of the Army and Navy airmen in the days following the bombing. Fly on some of the same routes the Japanese attackers used into the airfields at Wheeler, Kāne‘ohe and Bellows. There are many air tours in Hawai‘i, but only one warbird airplane flight. Located in Honolulu, Hawai‘i Pearl Harbor Warbirds provides a personal historical experience making it one of the best O‘ahu attractions.
Experience an immersive two hour adventure that allows you to relive history as a Naval Aviator and fly Pearl Harbor like it was on December 10th, 1941. Learn more about the Admiral’s Warbird Adventure.