FOX19 - It's a thrilling sight; airplanes screaming past, props chopping through the air, sirens blaring, smoke billowing. 75 years ago on a Sunday morning in a tropical paradise though, it was a horrifying reality that changed the course of world history.
Over 100 volunteers bring the living history museum of TORA TORA TORA to life in a breathtaking reenactment of the Pearl Harbor attack. Using replica Zeros, Kates, and Vals, (fighter, torpedo and dive bomber, respectively) the Commemorative Air Force helps give us a brief glimpse into the chaos that brutally propelled the United States into WW2.
Just before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941 the marauding planes of the Empire of Japan delivered a devastating surprise attack that crippled the Pacific Fleet.
A second, punishing wave of aerial bombardment followed. Before 10am the attacks were over, after damaging and destroying American battleships, 188 planes, and killing over two thousand sailors, some of whom are still entombed within their ship.
But, out of the carnage, the American people rallied and took on two massive enemies, ultimately triumphing over the threat of the Axis powers.
Most of us have no concept of the tragedy that unfolded 75 years ago. But the rallying cry of "Remember Pearl Harbor!" galvanized a country, brought it together and bonded its people.
The men and women of TORA TORA TORA bring a small part of our distant past to life, showcasing the strength and resolve of the American spirit. For more information and schedule, please visit www.toratoratora.com.