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Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
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Aviator's Tour
Ranked #35 of 339 things to do in Honolulu
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Owner description: One of the principal Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, our unique interactive museum is located near the Battleship Missouri in the battlefield hangers of historic Ford Island which were attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy on December 7, 1941, the beginning of WWII. Aircraft, such as a Japanese Zero and the Stearman in which former President George H.W. Bush soloed as the war's youngest aviator, illustrate how aviation helped stem the war. You'll view historic videos, including a movie of the beginning of the war. Enjoy the authentic gift shop, 1940s themed cafe Laniakea, and the combat flight simulators in which you can virtually fight the battle of Guadalcanal in either an American or Japanese plane.Pacific Aviation Museum's mission is to develop and maintain an internationally recognized aviation museum, which educates young and old alike, honors aviators and the support personnel who defended freedom in the Pacific Region, and is dedicated to preserving Pacific aviation history.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed February 23, 2013

The Pacific Aviation Museum is not far from the USS Missouri, so if you are going to see the Missouri, take time to go the the Aviation Museum as well. It starts with a short film on the attack of Pearl Harbor then you can walk at your leisure through the hangars to look at the aircraft. While we were there, an actual Pearl Harbor survivor was there to speak with us as we entered the museum, so that was very nice. As time goes on, the number of survivors left alive will go down quickly, so if you visit, take a minute to talk with the survivors, they have wonderful stories to tell.

Thank Christy I
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

When you come to the boot they say that you hve to have about two hours if you see the museum. In fact it is very interesting if yo do like aviation stuff but the hangar 79 is almost empty. Probably they will continue to "fill up"this hangar. Live bullet holes are all over the glass of the hangar.We took about 1 hour to see everything.

Thank babysu
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

If you are interested in American History, especially the attack on Pearl Harbor you need to go see this amazing collection of aircraft. There is a short video to get your visit started and then you can take as much time as you want to go through the hanger and the aircraft that are outside as well.

Thank J-W
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

My husband and I took this tour while visiting Hawaii. This tour included the round trip and the fees to all of the attractions. We just had to sit back and enjoy the tour. We were taken to the front of the lines too! Our tour guide/driver's name was Tony. He was very nice and very knowledgable. We saw the Missouri first. We started out with a guide and got separated from him. Yes we got lost on a battleship! The manager took over out tour and finished up the part we had missed. It was very interesting from the size of the guns to the kamikaze pilot, who hit the Missouri and his body was found days later while cleaning up the debris. The pilot was given a burial at sea complete with his country's flag that was made by the saliors who found the cloth on board. The only damage to the Missouri was a couple of dents. We then went to the Pacific Aviation Museum. There were WWII aircraft and exhibits all over. One of the hangers still had bullet holes from the December 7 attack, left as a reminder of what happened. The next stop was the Bowfin. Then to the Arizona. There was a short movie before riding over to the Arizona. It was a somber and chilling experience seeing it laying below the water level. One suvivor had just pasted in December and wanted his ashes laid to rest with his commrades. Divers placed his ashes in the Arizona. There are 13 more survivors left. The is a tiny leak of oil that you can see comng from the Arizona. This leak is call Black Tears. It is said this will stop when the last survivor passes. This was a ending to a very interesting day. On the ride back to our hotels, we were able to see more sites in Honolulu. This is a great tour if you are interested in history of WWII!

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Reviewed January 25, 2013

If you enjoy learning about our past then a visit to this museum is a must. Your visit would be enhanced with the use of personal audio devices which can be purchased on arrival.One cannot but be enlightened by a visit where the past is so vividly brought back to life.

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