Monday, October 10, 2011

“Tora, Tora, Tora” Honored With Lloyd P Nolen Lifetime Achievement Award

HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 10, 2011) Wings Over Houston Airshow honored “Tora, Tora, Tora” as the recipient of the 2011 Lloyd P. Nolen Lifetime Achievement in Aviation Award, which recognizes individuals, organizations, companies and corporations dedicated to the promotion or advancement of aviation.

As one of the most dramatic and visual acts in the air show industry, “Tora, Tora, Tora” performs twelve to sixteen airshows a year in the United States and Canada with its re-creation of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

“Tora, Tora, Tora” began nearly 40 years ago when six replica Japanese aircraft were donated to the Commemorative Air Force. The Gulf Coast Wing requested assignment of the aircraft and began developing an act for presentation at air shows, which debuted at the Galveston Air Show on June 25, 1972.

A living history lesson, Tora’s re-creation provides breathtaking smoke, fire and explosions from the pyrotechnics team as a professional announcer explains the purpose, history and performance to the crowd. With the motto “Lest We Forget,” the Tora group flies with the intention to help individuals throughout the world understand that war does not discriminate in the pain it causes.

Bill Roach, executive director of Wings Over Houston Airshow, was quoted in a press release:

"Wings Over Houston is thrilled to honor Tora, Tora, Tora for their dedication and achievement in the aviation industry. The Tora team sets themselves apart with their strong sense of spirit and camaraderie. We are proud they call Houston home."

The Wings Over Houston Airshow will he held at Ellington Field on October 15-16, 2011.

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