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. At PEARL HARBOR AVIATION 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.
In the museum’s Hangar 37 visitors will find a comprehensive collection of exhibits that tells the story of aviation during WWII, including the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway. The 25,000-square-foot area is housed in an authentic WWI-era hangar and features aircraft such as a Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat fighter, Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber and the Boeing N2S-3 Stearman trainer in which President George H.W. Bush trained. Exhibits include a retelling of the Ni‘ihau Incident and ” A PIERCING BLOW: THE AERIAL ATTACK ON THE USS ARIZONA .” Here is where you’ll find Fighter Ace 360 flight similators, the gift shop and LANIAKEA CAFE. (Note, it’s the only air-conditioned eatery at Pearl Harbor and it features a new menu.)
The experience continues with Hanger 79 that covers the rise of American air superiority from WWII that continued on through the Korean War, Vietnam War and Gulf Wars. The highlight here is THE SHEALY RESTORATION SHOP, which is filled with vintage aircraft that may make it to future exhibits.
The Raytheon Pavilion is located between the two hangars and is home to traveling exhibitions such as ” BOB HOPE: AN AMERICAN TREASURE .” This 2,200-square-foot exhibit showcases comedian, actor and entertainer Bob Hope who was committed to entertaining the troops from WWII and beyond.
The museum is open from 9 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