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Pacific Aviation Museum
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

The first phase of the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor opened to the public on December 7, 2006. The museum is located in Hanger 37, near Ford Island's distinctive red and white striped submarine tower and low-rise air traffic control tower.

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Opening Day: December 7, 2006
The first section of the museum will be open to the public on December 7, 2006, the 65th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day. The public is invited to the Grand Opening Ceremony The museum is located inside 42,442 foot Hanger 37, and it tells the story of military aviation in the Pacific region during World War II.

Museum Highlights
The Pacific Aviation Museum has acquired a significant collection of original, historic aircraft. Highlights include:

The Zero took part in every major action involving the Japanese Navy. It won a series of victories against all types of land and carrier-based Allied aircraft during the first six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Wildcat was the frontline Navy fighter at the start of World War II. Its 332 MPH top speed, 35,000 ft. ceiling and 2,500 fpm climb rate helped it to hold the line against the Japanese Zeros and Ki-43 Oscars.

This American twin-engine medium bomber was used with devastating effect against German and Japanese targets in every combat of World War II. The aircraft was named the "Mitchell" in honor of General Billy Mitchell and gained fame as the bomber used in the 1942 Doolittle Raid.

This historic airplane is the actual plane that former U.S. President George H.W. Bush learned to fly in and took his first solo flight in. At the time he was only 18 years old, making him one of the youngest American Aviators in World War II.

This was the first American plane engaged in combat during World War II. As the pilot and his teenage son were en route back from Molokai to Honolulu in this pilot trainer Aeronca operated by Gambo Flying Service, they encountered the first wave of 150 Japanese Zero fighters headed to attack Pearl Harbor. Two Zeros circled back and attacked this civilian general aviation plane causing damage to the aircraft.

This display tells the story of the Niihau residents who captured Japanese Pilot Shigenori Nishikaichi upon his crash landing on the island after attacking Oahuís Kaneohe Bay and Bellows Army Air Field on December 7, 1941.
Documentary Film, Dioramas, and a Flight Simulator
As visitors enter the Museum they watch a short documentary on military aviation in the Pacific. In addition to displaying historic aircraft, the museum features historic dioramas and offers opportunities for visitors to experience an exciting hands-on flight simulator. The experience will enable participants to "fly" an American or Japanese plane and communicate via radio with other flyers while surrounded by a panoramic view of the sky from a pilot's point of view.

Restaurant and Gift Shop
The Museum also has an aviator-style restaurant and a gift shop where visitors can purchase gift items including shirts, hats and books.

Tickets are available at the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum or the Museumís ticket office. General admission is $14 for adults, $7 for children; admission for Hawaii residents and military is $10 for adults and $5 for children; and all active duty military in uniform will receive free admission. For more information call 808-690-0169.

Museum Expansion Plans
Future phases of the Pacific Aviation Museum will be built inside Hangers 79 54, and those new sections will feature exhibits from the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War.

Attractions Near the Museum
The museum is located near three other famous Pearl Harbor historic sites: The USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine, and the USS Missouri Battleship. The USS Arizona Memorial and the Bowfin Submarine have significant museums of their own, and tours are available of all three attractions.

Pacific Aviation Museum

90 Nakolo Place, Suite 1
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii 96819
Phone: 808-836-7747
Fax: 808-836-1058
Ford Island, Pearl Harbor,
Honolulu, Oahu Hawaii
Web Site: PacificAviationMuseum.com

See also:
- Planing a Day in Pearl Harbor
- Arizona Memorial and Museum
- Bowfin Submarine and Museum
- Missouri Battleship Tour
- Ford Island
- Aerial Photos of Pearl Harbor

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