March 15, 2011
It appears that Wenatchee’s Japanese sister city of Misawa has escaped relatively unscathed by damage
from last Friday’s massive earthquake and tsunami. The town of overf 42 thousand people is located on Japan’s
eastcoast about 200 miles North of Sendai where the Quake was epicentered. Allison Williams with the City of
Wenatchee says they have remained in email contact with officials from Misawa and that no major damage was
Wenatchee and East Wenatchee share sister city status with Misawa. They are linked by the
historic transpacific flight of Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon. The replica of the Miss Veedol airplane Pangborn
piloted in 1931 is currently in Japan on display at the Misawa Air Museum. Jake Lodata with the Spirit of
Wenatchee group says he’s not received any reports of any damage to the plane . .
The Miss Veedol is on
loan to the Misawa Museum and is slated for display at the large airshow there later this year. A large delegation
from the Wenatchee area will be traveling to Misawa for that event.