Novos Migs no Pacific Aviation Museum

New MiG Alley Korean War Exhibit

Open to the public on June 25th

sampleOur new MiG Alley Korean War Exhibit opened to the public June 25, 2010. Built to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War, the exhibit can be seen exclusively on the “Aviator’s Tour” to Hangar 79.

Korean war veterans were honored June 18, 2010 at the Museum’s VIP opening of this new aircraft display. In attendance were Museum Chairman of the Board ADM Ron Hays and Museum Board Director and Korean War veteran GEN Rick Richardson, along with many Korean War veterans and dignitaries, including Capt. Hong Beom Hur, defense attaché to Hawaii from the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea.

sampleShowcasing the Museum’s recently acquired MiG-15 and newly restored F-86 Sabre aircraft which flew during the Korean War, the exhibit features a life-sized diorama that depicts “MiG Alley,” the name given by U.S. Air Force pilots to the northwestern portion of North Korea. During the Korean War, it was the site of numerous dogfights between U.S. fighter jets and those of the Communist forces, particularly the Soviet Union. The Museum’s F-86 Sabre which has been restored for the exhibit, and the Museum’s Soviet-designed MiG-15 were the aircraft used throughout most of the Korean conflict.

The exhibit features the F-86 Sabre jet, mounted on a special platform, dramatically positioned in a takeoff attitude. The MiG-15, the Sabre’s principle adversary, is suspended overhead in a sharp banked turn. Visitors approach the exhibit through a replica of the Torii Gate at Kimpo Airfield with its famous sign “MiG Alley 200 Miles,” just as the Sabre pilots did on their way to combat.

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A distinctive feature of the exhibit is text and images of the Korean air war presented on video screens mounted in the F-86 platform. Visitors learn about the origins of the Korean War, the evolution of the air war and its innovations, the special role of the combat in MiG Alley, and the aces of both sides in four languages: English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese.

Exhibit Design Central and Gillingham & Associates, both of Chicago, and Summer Night Productions, of Rothchild, WI, designed the exhibit.

This year, hundreds of Korean War veterans are expected to return to Korea for ceremonies, many of them through the South Korean-run and–funded Korea Revisit Program. For many, the visit will be their first since they left a poor, war-torn country that has developed over the last six decades to become one of the world’s most prosperous and technologically advanced nations.

For more photos on the restoration process, please follow this link: Mig Alley Restoration Photos

Phone (808) 441-1000 for more information or click here for tickets. Additionally, a free Flight Simulator coupon is available here. Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located at 319 Lexington Boulevard, Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawai

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