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Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
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All-Inclusive Beyond the Call to Duty Tour of Pearl Harbor
Ranked #24 of 333 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 young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

This was not a great aviation museum compared to many others we've visited. It had very few aircraft that related to WW2. The hangar with bullet holes from strafing by the Japanese was of interest, but not much else. They do have a good restaurant there for lunch.

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Reviewed February 3, 2014

If you are into aviation - this is worth your time. They are still restoring planes. There are 2 hangers with items on display. The 12 minute movie is worth watching before you venture into the museum.

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Reviewed January 29, 2014

Hanger 37 was really cool; although the 11 minute video could have had better content. Excellent diorama displays of aircraft - Japanese Zero, Cutlass amongst others. As you walk outside to Hanger 79, there are more planes on display, lined-up outside. Hanger 79 has the chopped up front nose and cockpit of a C130 attached to the outside hanger wall - very cool. Once inside, you will be blown away by the display of jets & choppers plus the area at the back of the hanger - where restoration work takes place each day to bring another mangled up aircraft back to display standards. Well worth the time if you're an fanatic of planes.

Thank Anselm D
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

Was a great, but short afternoon tour. Only saw the aviation museum but took a brief walk through the Pearl Harbour visitor centre which is very informative.

You cant go there and NOT wonder what it must have been like there on that tragic "day of infamy"

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Reviewed January 11, 2014

I was kind of surprised by the museum. Lots of different tidbits of history - not all just about planes. The front lobby was one of the most interesting things for me. Our guide was more than knowledgeable abt the aircraft.

I liked the hanger 79 (I think?). It's hard to get an appreciation for the relative size of these aircraft until you can stand next to one. I thought the Northrop F-5A looked the one to take for a test drive! The only that would have made this better would have been being able to see a Blackbird!

Thank KESinMN21
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