Pacific Aviation Museum is the nation’s first aviation battlefield. It ranks 8th out of the 10 top aviation attractions in the nation. Visit this historical site with us. Book a Pearl Harbor VIP Tour now!
The Pacific Aviation Museum in Pearl Harbor was opened to the public on December 2006. It is located on Ford Island (now a National Historic Landmark), a still active military base. Only parts of this historic battlefield is open to tourists; Hangar 37, Hangar 79 and the Ford Island Control Tower.
Visitor tours start in Hangar 37, the former seaplane hangar that survived the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941. A 200-seater theater allows visitors to view a 12-minute movie of the said attack, including some historical footage. Various exhibits are displayed inside the museum including an authentic Japanese Zero in a diorama setting, a light civilian plane that was airborne and shot during the attack, an actual B-25B Mitchell, an SBD Dauntless dive bomber and more!
Hangar 79, is another seaplane hangar which served as a maintenance and engine repair facility during the war. Its doors, which are blue glass windows, still show bullet holes left by the Pearl Harbor attack. Hangar 79 today holds many of the nation’s historic helicopters and modern jets. Also found in the hangar is an MIG Alley Korean War exhibit where visitors can see the Pacific Aviation Museum’s MiG-15 and F-86 Sabre aircraft.
The museum also has an interactive Combat Flight Simulator where visitors can experience being a WWII pilot. The Pacific Aviation Museum’s collection of aircrafts expanded with the addition of a Douglas A-3 Skywarrior used by Raytheon for testing radar sets.