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Tora, Tora, Tora to make appearance at Frontiers in Flight

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MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Tora, Tora, Tora is scheduled to be one of the many attractions at the Frontiers in Flight Open House and Air Show Sept. 8-9.

The Tora, Tora, Tora air show performance reenacts the attacks on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, and showcases fighter and bomber aircraft dramatizing the Japanese preemptive attacks that propelled American involvement in World War II.

The show began in 1972 after six Japanese aircraft from the 1970 film, “Tora! Tora! Tora!” were donated to the Commemorative Air Force.

The Tora team consists of a minimum of 20 volunteers as pilots and bomb squad ground crew. On average, the performance includes 60 pyrotechnic effects and at least eight aircraft.

“The intent of the Tora group is to help generations of individuals throughout the world born after World War II understand that war does not discriminate in the pain it causes,” according to Tora’s official website.

McConnell will welcome the act known as a “living history museum” that earned the Art Scholl Award for Showmanship in 2001.