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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: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed July 27, 2009

Paid a visit to this museum that opened in 2006 while visiting all the Pearl Harbor sites. While only Phase 1 of 4 is complete, the exhibits are put together well and provide a lot of interesting information. The restaurant and museum store are the best of all the Pearl Harbor sites, so plan on spending some time there. Worth the Trip!

Get to Pearl Harbor by 7:00 am, get your USS Arizona timed tickets (no charge) - as of July 2009, the new Visitor Center is under construction, so you pick up your tickets at the USS Bowfin Ticket booth. After picking up your Arizona tickets, go ahead an buy tickets for the USS Missouri (pay the extra $7 for the guided tour) and Pacific Aviation Museum for later in the day. You can also get your ticket for the USS Bowfin Submarine at the same time, but it was the most disappointing of the sites, so, if you have time constraints, skip the Bowfin.

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Reviewed July 14, 2009

Most people don't realize that when they are visiting the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, that there are other sites to visit there, too. One being the Pacific Aviation Museum, which is a short bus ride away from the main memorial site.

If you have the time, and can spare a further $7, take the aviator's tour with a knowledgable docent, ours was Gerald, who really will bring the whole experience that much more to life for you, with poignant stories and tales that are both fascinating and moving. You'll also get a behind the scenes look at aircraft currently undergoing restorations and plans for further development of this great museum.

The visitor's experience begins in Hanger 37, a 42,000 square foot former seaplane hangar that survived the December 7, 1941 attack. After arrival in the Pacific Aviation Museum’s lobby, guests enter a 200-seat theater where they view a 10-minute movie covering the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, including historic footage.

Leaving the theater visitors enter a corridor that sets the stage with sound effects and photos of what life was like on December 7th, 1941. Upon entering the exhibit area of 25,000 square feet, visitors first see an authentic Japanese Zero in a diorama setting on the deck of the Japanese carrier Hiryu at dawn on December 7th. Also in the Oahu attack there is an actual light civilian plane that was airborne (and shot) during the attack, together with a P-40 fighter of the type airborne from Wheeler and Haleiwa Field on the fateful day. Visitors will then be enthralled with an exhibit relating the full story, both before and after, of one of the Japanese Zeros that crash landed on island of Niihau.

The year 1942 was one of “desperate courage.” Exhibits include an actual B-25B quite similar to one used on the Doolittle Raid on Japan in April, 1942. An SBD Dauntless dive bomber is the cornerstone of telling about the Battle of Midway. An authentic Grumman Wildcat is featured in the Guadalcanal diorama as the story of the “Cactus Air Force” is told. Finally, the story of America’s mobilization for war – manufacturing airplanes and training pilots in particular – is told using the actual Stearman N2S-3 in which former President Bush soloed.

Visitors then have the opportunity to become a WWII pilot in one of the museum’s six interactive simulators, and enjoy a delicious lunch in the museum’s restaurant, the Laniakea Cafe. The museum’s store features “everything to do with aviation” and the December 7th, 1941 Pearl Harbor attacks.

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Reviewed April 15, 2009

they have 4 or 5 planes, the gift shop is near as big as the display area. stay away!
on the flip side, the sister uss missouri museum is awesome!

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Reviewed April 3, 2009

When you go to Pearl Harbor make a stop at the Pacific Aviation Museum. There are some neat airplanes as well as diaramas. There are also fighter plane similators for kids. I am sure that they would really enjoy that. Otherwise, I think you can go quite quickly through the museum and be done in about 30-45 minutes.

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Reviewed January 27, 2009

We visited Oahu from Australia in Jan 09 and as part of the "tour" of the Missouri and Bowfin was the Pacific Aviation Museum. Although last on the bus ride, by no means the lesser of the attractions......

I've been to aviation museums thoughout the Pacific and Europe and this museum is the best presented and conflict specific aviation museum i've been too.. Well done to the team that organise and administer the museum.

I'd love to revisit the museum when the expansion is complete, the plans are very impressive.,

Alan and Nicole

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