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Pearl Harbor Aerial Pictures In Color

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Pearl Harbor Warbirds gets to see Pearl Harbor from the air as the Army and Navy airmen saw it – in an authentic World War II aircraft. The sights, sounds and smells of the military aircraft with its radial engine provides the experience of a lifetime, which is why we’d like to share some Pearl Harbor aerial pictures in color to give you a taste of what we get to experience on our Pearl Harbor tours.

Below are some Pearl Harbor aerial pictures in color over the years. Some interesting information about these aerial views: Diamond Head is 15 miles from Pearl Harbor. Downtown Honolulu is 8 miles. The Honolulu International Airport is 2 miles from the Nimitz Gate (Main) at Pearl Harbor Naval Base.

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An aerial view of Pearl Harbor with the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) visible to the bottom left and the USS ARIZONA Memorial to the right. Date Shot: 15 Jun 1984. PEARL HARBOR, HAWAII (HI) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA). DoD photo by: PH1 BENNETT.

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Astronaut photograph of Pearl Harbor from October 2009

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Aerial view of Ford Island Pearl Harbor 2013

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 more Ford Island photos from December 7, 1941.

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Aerial view of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (USA), showing the gathering of ships on various nations for “Operation RIMPAC ’83”. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65) is tied up to the Naval Supply Center at the lower right center of the photo. Another carrier is moored at Ford Island. Also visible are a Tarawa-class LHA and an Iwo Jima-class LPH.

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Aerial view of Pearl Harbor, Ford Island in center. The Arizona memorial is the small white dot on the left side above Ford Island.

Pearl Harbor From the Sky

If you’d like a first hand, aerial view of Pearl Harbor, join Pearl Harbor Warbirds on one of 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. We offer a Admiral’s Warbird Adventure, and a Ensign’s Warbird Experience. If you have any questions, please contact us at at 1-844-774-5304.