- Wednesday, December 7, 2022
- 1:00 p.m. HST
- Hangar 37
Douglas SBD-2P Dauntless Restoration Presentation & Dedication
This event is included with the cost of general admission into the Museum. Please see the ticket counter upon arrival.
On Wednesday Dec. 7 at 1:00 p.m. HST, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum will host a Dedication Ceremony for our Douglas SBD-2P Dauntless.
The Douglas SBD-2P Dauntless aircraft is one of 14 unique photo-reconnaissance versions of the SBD-2P variant, U.S. Navy Bureau Number 2173, and is a spectacular machine of liberty and freedom. The Museum’s aircraft was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise as part of Scouting Squadron (VS) 6. As a dive bomber, our Dauntless performed air combat operations in the Pacific Theater and aircraft pilot qualifications in Lake Michigan. Lost in a 1944 pilot training mishap, she remained at the bottom of Lake Michigan until 65 years later when Fred Turner, former CEO and Chairman of McDonalds, and A&T Recovery worked together to make her recovery possible.
Our SBD has been restored by the Kalamazoo Air Zoo and over 1,000 students in a partnership made possible by funding from Fred Turner, the Lendo Family, and The Boeing Company. Troy Thrash, President of Kalamazoo Air Zoo and Dr. Arthur Lendo, nephew of the last pilot of our SBD, will share the history and restoration details of our SBD.
A dedication ceremony of our SBD will follow in Hangar 37. Light refreshments will be provided.