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Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
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Aviator's Tour
Ranked #35 of 336 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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed August 20, 2014

Don't skip this place. We arrived by shuttle and were escorted through the first two exhibits by a WWII veteran! He was fantastic as were all the other volunteers who work in the museum. Great restored WWII to Cold War planes here. Don't miss this.

Thank Opal99
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Reviewed August 18, 2014

You take a shuttle over to ford island to see this museum. There are two hangers worth of planes that you get to see. They have a shop in one of the hangers where you can see different planes they are restoring. You learn some interesting facts about the war and the planes in the war. Neat museum

Thank lovinparadise314
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Reviewed August 17, 2014

This museum at Pearl Harbour costs $25 if you don't buy the whole package (battleship Missouri / submarine). We found that just doing the Arizona memorial & this aviation museum was more than enough for 1 day if you wanted to do justice to them both. It was well worth the money & took us 3 hours to get through the two hangars, but you could rush it in half the time if you'd package booked the lot & felt exhausted by the time you got here (I think most people leave this museum till last, which is a shame).
Advantages are that it wasn't as popular as the other attractions so you weren't fighting the crowds, it had some personal exhibits of war heroes which gave WW11 an individual perspective & hangar 2 is full of perfectly rebuilt planes, helicopters & bombs.
Overall, it's well worth the money... and there's something a bit eerie about Ford Island's disused airstrip....

Thank Neil M
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Reviewed August 16, 2014

What a wonderful museum! A bus takes you to the museum on Ford island. There are two parts to the museum a lot of planes and people to help you guide.
The museum is part of Pearl Harbor national parks spend a whole day to just a few hours.

Thank virginia a
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Reviewed August 14, 2014

This museum comprises of 2 main hangars and a gift shop. The main hangar features WW2 in chronological order, starting with a diorama of a Zero taking off on December 7 1941 from a carrier deck. It proceeds through the Doolittle raid with a Mitchell bomber, then on to Midway with a Dauntless dive bomber. The tour guide was an ex pilot with a fanatical knowlege of America's involvement in WW2, leading to final victory. Unfortunately, there was no mention of the role played by British or Commonwealth forces at Kokoda and in Burma. A few more WW2 aircraft such as a Corsair, Hellcat, liberator or some additional Japanese aircraft would have made my day, but not to be. The second hangar had mainly post WW2 aircraft such as a Sabre, MIG 15 and some helicopters. There were also some other aircraft undergoing restoration including a B 17 flying fortress. Most visitors just visit the Arizona memorial and Missouri, but I would definately include this on my itinery in future visits.

Thank DavidBlackburnAust
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