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“Do not miss Hanger 79”

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 young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 22 December 2011

If you like fighter planes, helicopters go to Hanger 79 still in battle condition overlooking the MiG Alley exhibit. Hanger 37 has the special bombs the Japanese made just for Pearl Harbor attack. I was there on Dec 7, 2011 and saw many of the veterans honoring those who gave their lives and everyone honored those veterans who came back 70 years later.

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Reviewed 19 December 2011

Get away from the crowds and lines at the Arizona Memorial and slow down and cool down and take your time to see a completely restored Zero, Japan's secret weapon at the beginning of WWII. Hopefully you will have time to see some of the damage from the Dec. 7th attack. Ask you docent about the red and white tower siting in front of the museum. Also the gift shop is one of the best of the Pacific Historic Parks in terms of items only available for purchase there. The staff is most helpful and the docents excited about the history they will share with you. Most Pearl Harbor tours only stop at the Arizona Memorial, be sure to also see the Missouri and the Pacific Aviation Museum. In just one morning you can see more WWII history here then anywhere else in the world. Don't miss it.

Thank makana073
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Reviewed 19 December 2011

If you are going to peal harbor anyway, it is worth buying a combo ticket and seeing this museum. It does not take long to get through and is not as crowded as other attractions. We paid ten extra dollars to ride the flight simulators and that was fun.

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Reviewed 16 December 2011

This was one of the things I was most excited to see, and I wasn't disappointed. You are shown a short movie before you are set free to roam around, and there are all sorts of airplanes on display, even the one that Dubya himself flew. In the airport hangar, I was fascinated by the windows that were partially shattered from bullet holes, and the place is immense. There are more planes on display, and I spent hours in there. I also wandered around outside to look at the cement where they said you would still be able to see pieces missing from where it was hit from gunfire. The whole place is very quiet, and I was there around sunset when the clouds were coming in. Definitely bring your camera, it is hauntingly beautiful.

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Reviewed 15 December 2011

The floor in the entry is a map of the islands--too cool! There isn't alot to see but what they have is rare. There is also a flight similator and a diner that serves pretty good food.

Thank NowataOKDenise
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