Learn About an Aviation PioneerO‘ahu

Seeing as Hawai‘i is a group of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it follows that it would be greatly affected by the advent of aviation.

Legendary aviator AMELIA EARHART made two trips to Hawai‘i that are now immortalized in an intriguing exhibit at PEARL HARBOR AVIATION MUSEUM. The exhibit displays exclusive photos from Matson Navigation Company in a fitting locale—Luke Field on Ford Island—where Ms. Earhart ground looped her Lockheed Electra on take-off Mar. 20, 1937, as she was attempting her round-the-world flight.

Another aviation legend, daredevil pilot TOM GUNN, became the first person inducted into the newly created Pacific Aviation Pioneers exhibit that opened in 2013. Housed in HANGAR 37, the ongoing exhibit highlights the personalities who created aviation history in the Pacific, with at least four pioneers or teams of pioneers to be spotlighted every year.

At Pearl Harbor Aviation

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Museum, which was named “One of the Top Ten Aviation Attractions” by TripAdvisor, visitors can see vintage warplanes and displays dedicated to air combat and its vital role in the Pacific during WWII.

Additionally, the museum holds two LIVING HISTORY DAYS a year, plus one OPEN COCKPIT DAY each quarter, to enhance visitors’ experiences.

Open Cockpit Day grants visitors the chance to climb into a cockpit of one of Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum’s historic aircrafts. The all-day event features fascinating talk stories with pilots. Bring your camera, as flight suits and helmets are provided! The event is free to museum members or with museum admission.

The museum is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Tickets may be purchased online (pearlharboraviationmuseum.org) or at the USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL VISITOR CENTER.

PEARL HARBOR AVIATION MUSEUM (808) 441-1000