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“Pacific Aviation Museum”

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
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Aviator's Tour
Ranked #33 of 341 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: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed February 12, 2010

Finally got to go to Pearl Harbour and having a great interest in Aviation had to take in the museum. Our guide on the day was very good and gave a great talk on the attack of Dec 1941, cant remember his name but he did fly of carriers during the Korean War ( Flew F9F Grumman Panthers ) which from my point of view was great and after talking Grumman Planes and as we had a bit of time he took us to Hanger 79 to see more aircraft which are under restoration. A must for this trip is a camera have a meal in the cafeteria very good and enjoy what you see. One small point the models of British Aircraft i.e. Spitfires& Hurricanes for sale in the shop have the wrong colour of camouflage this was the only fault I could find

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Reviewed January 11, 2010

Although relatively small yet, the museum is a great first step in what will become a GREAT AVAIATION MUSEUM .. .. The current museum is just stage one of a larger vision .. ..

The shuttle over to FORD ISLAND sets the tone for your visit as you drive by the hangars (left untouched since WWII) that were blown out from the concussion of the ARIZONA explosion .. ..

The layout of the museum is perfectly laid-out and has the look/feel of both Smithsonian Aviation Museums back in DC .. .. Despite it's small (initial stage) size, once you take a docent-led tour, the museum does seem to feel bigger .. ..

And, if the weather is bad outside, the museum is a haven with AC and place to sit down and eat .. ..

If you are an aviation buff, this is a can't miss if you are visiting the ARIZONA MEMORIAL .. .. And once the other stages are finished, you will be able to spend an entire day out there!!

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Reviewed December 29, 2009

It's not a large musuem, but the displays were very nice and informative. I'm not a plane enthusiast, but have passing interests in typical 'boy' stuff, cars, planes, boats etc; so I enjoyed it. My daughter wasn't so excited, but since it's small, bored family members won't have too long to wait.

I'm not a big shopper and don't buy many souvenirs, but the gift shop did have some very nice stuff. As usual, I didn't buy anything, but regret not doing so.

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Reviewed November 24, 2009

Did this along with Bowfin package. Both complement the experience. If you can fit it in the budget it is worth the guided tour, especially later in the day. My wife and I were the only ones on the tour and the information and presentation provided were excellent. Would not recommend the combat flight "simulator".

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Reviewed November 17, 2009

The museum was ok, but it seemed to have almost more information about Japanese planes and military strategies than American ones! Do it if you have time while you're in Pearl Harbor, but don't expect to spend more than 1.5 hours there. DO NOT eat at the restaurant in the museum, unless you want to spend $10 for a halfheartedly thrown-together entree. The restaurant workers have terrible attitudes.

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