HONOLULU–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor has added the General Dynamics
F-16A Fighting Falcon (serial number 80-0498) to its collection of
modern jet fighters with its dedication today in historic Hangar 79. The
Museum received the F-16 on loan from the United States Air Force Museum
in July 2016, and since that time, it has undergone restoration in the
Museum’s Lt Ted Shealy’s Restoration Shop. Photos from the event are
available at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskoU6NoW
The arrival of the F-16 at the Museum was made possible by a donation
from United States Air Force (USAF) veteran and philanthropist Dr.
Lawrence Tseu and his late wife Mrs. BoHing Chan Tseu of Honolulu. Dr.
Tseu’s donation was made in honor of retired USAF General Gary North,
who served as Commander, Pacific Air Forces and Executive Director,
Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff at Hickam Air Force Base on Oahu.
“I first met General North in 2012 at the Carole Kai Annual Great Aloha
Run VIP Military Dinner in Hawaii,” said Dr. Tseu. “Carole Kai gave me
the honor and privilege of sitting next to General North. We had a good
laugh when I told General North he wasn’t even born when I entered the
U.S. Air Force in 1951. He was so kind to invite me to be his guest at
his head table for the Annual Air Force Ball. Because of his extreme
kindness, I promised myself that some day I would do something really
unique to honor General North’s heroism, achievements and friendship by
creating a legacy for him in Hawaii. Providing the funds to bring an
F-16 to the Museum not only provides me with a great opportunity to help
Pacific Aviation Museum, but also keeps the promise I made to myself to
honor this great American hero.”
“It is an honor to introduce the F-16 at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl
Harbor,” said Museum Executive Director of Operations Kenneth DeHoff.
“This is another famous supersonic fighter jet built in the mid-70’s. It
is still one of the most maneuverable and versatile aircraft in the Air
Force’s inventory. In 1991, Lt. Col. Gary North shot down an Iraqi
MiG-25 in Iraq’s southern no-fly-zone with an AIM-120A missile, marking
the first beyond-visual-range kill and the first combat…