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“A humbling awe inspiring experience”

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, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed February 12, 2014

I am a pilot that has flown dozens of restored World War 2 aircraft. I have visited aviation museums world wide, yet nothing could have prepared me for the Pacific Aviation Museum. The bullet holes from the attack are still in the windows, when I touched the bullet holes from the strafing runs on the sides of the buildings and the ramps i was transformed to another place, a place that was the birthplace of the Greatest Generation.
The aircraft are in the original hangars and displayed each in it's own diorama. I was so impressed i returned the next day and my wife wanted to come back with me. This is hallowed ground, the Gettysburg of the Pacific. Worth a trip from anywhere.

Thank Skip L
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

This was part of tour that I did and it was the least interesting part of the whole day. The main hanger only has a few air craft and they pretty much stop telling the Pacific War after the Battle of Midway. The second hanger have a lot of jets, but they really don't have anything to do with the Pacific.

The tour guild was great, but when I asked a question about an aircraft they got really defensive about the goal of the museum was about.

Thank Frank W
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

After spending time at Pearl Harbor visiting the Arizona and Mighty Mo you might be getting tired and looking to shorten your day.....but don't skip the Pacific Aviation Museum. First off it has a decent restaurant (the cold beer was a welcome refresher), but the planes and presentation are great. The real surprise for us was the extra hanger they have set up. It is a 2 minute walks from the main hanger and it has many significant things to see and even climb into. The helicopters were my favorite....and seeing a MIG with my own two eyes was a first for me.

Thank Spicole
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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.

Thank Miata P
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