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Aviators free to fly aircraft over Honolulu at any time

    More than 50 retired pilots and flight attendants of Hawaiian Airlines, some of whom flew with the company back in the 1940s, reunited for a ride back in time yesterday over Oahu’s North Shore aboard the company’s first airplane, the 1929 Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker. They boarded the plane at Dillingham Field for a sightseeing tour to Haleiwa and back. This is the Bellanca taking off from Dillingham Field with the mountains in the background. Beautifully restored, the Bellanca rejoined Hawaiian’s fleet in October 2009 and has been in use for the past year, taking Hawaiian’s current employees on sightseeing flights over Oahu. Many of the pilots and flight attendants who helped build the company through decades of service enjoyed the same experience aboard a Hawaii aviation artifact and key part of Hawaiian’s history. Company founder Stanley Kennedy acquired the Bellanca in September 1929 and began offering sightseeing tours over Oahu to help prepare residents for the revolutionary concept of air travel between the Hawaiian Islands. However, the Bellanca was never used for interisland flights.

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