Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum on Historic Ford Island occupies World War II-era hangars that still bear the scars of our nation’s first aviation battlefield
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Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum on historic Ford Island occupies World War II-era hangars that still bear the scars of our nation's first aviation battlefield. Ranked #8 aviation attraction in the nation.

#REPOST: @maxwants2fly “This Stearman trainer for the USN in WWII was one of many and an integral part in the molding of...
03/10/2020

#REPOST: @maxwants2fly

“This Stearman trainer for the USN in WWII was one of many and an integral part in the molding of new Navy pilots. Fairly basic and extremely reliable this biplane was perfect for getting Navy hopefuls off the ground for the first time. And if that history wasn’t enough get this: this particular Stearman was the one used by a young George H W Bush in WWII! That’s right, a future President of the USA flew this biplane in his training to go fight in the Pacific Theatre of WWII! It’s incredible to see this so close up and the connection to a man that had a major impact on the world was a powerful thing to experience.”
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#pearlharboraviationmuseum #fordisland #pearlharbor #aviationmuseum

Happy #InternationalWomensDay! Have you heard of the WASP? The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) was established duri...
03/08/2020

Happy #InternationalWomensDay! Have you heard of the WASP? The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) was established during World War II, on August 5, 1943. Some interesting facts about this trail-blazing group of women:

• In order to apply, a woman required a civilian pilot’s license.

• After months of military flight training, 1,102 of the original 25,000 applicants took to the skies as the United States’ first women to pilot military aircraft.

• Though not trained for combat, the WASP flew a total of 60 million miles performing operational flights, towing aerial targets, transporting cargo, smoke laying and a variety of other missions.

• By December 1944, the WASP had flown every type of military aircraft manufactured for WWII. However, although the WASP proved that women could capably fly all types of military aircraft, their inclusion in military aviation became a matter of waiting for official acceptance which would not be forthcoming for decades.

Source: https://airandspace.si.edu/stories/editorial/women-wings-75-year-legacy-wasp

In 1922, Bessie Coleman broke barriers and became the world's first African American woman to earn a pilot's license.Whe...
03/03/2020

In 1922, Bessie Coleman broke barriers and became the world's first African American woman to earn a pilot's license.

When she was denied entry into flying schools in the United States, she took it upon herself to learn French and move to France to achieve her goal. After only seven months, Coleman earned her license from France's well known Caudron Brother's School of Aviation.

She returned home to America and became known for performing flying tricks, earning her the nicknames “Brave Bessie,” “Queen Bess,” and “The Only Race Aviatrix in the World.” #WomensHistoryMonth

Learn More: https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/bessie-coleman

"Project Recover identified the wrecks of two SBD-5 Dauntless dive bombers and one TBM/F-1 Avenger torpedo bomber in Tru...
02/26/2020
Three downed aircraft, associated with seven MIAs from famous WWII battle, located in Pacific Ocean

"Project Recover identified the wrecks of two SBD-5 Dauntless dive bombers and one TBM/F-1 Avenger torpedo bomber in Truk Lagoon, now known as Chuuk State in the Federated States of Micronesia."

https://www.militarytimes.com/veterans/2020/02/20/three-downed-aircraft-associated-with-seven-mias-from-famous-wwii-battle-located-in-pacific-ocean/?fbclid=IwAR0VwmRgEP7AjIqpZrIeTHtbFNAnOaa-KiV_kk8AvC571obojDDA7tkbDck

Project Recover identified the remains of two SBD-5 Dauntless dive bombers and one TBM/F-1 Avenger torpedo bomber in Truk Lagoon, now known as Chuuk State in the Federated States of Micronesia. The site may contain as many as 33 down U.S. aircraft numbering nearly 100 service members missing in acti...

One of the Navy’s foremost administrators and strategists was born on this day in 1885. Chester W. Nimitz played a major...
02/24/2020

One of the Navy’s foremost administrators and strategists was born on this day in 1885. Chester W. Nimitz played a major role in the naval history of #WorldWarII as Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Pacific Ocean Areas, commanding Allied air, land, and sea forces during the war.

On September 2, 1945, he was the United States signatory to the surrender terms aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

02/22/2020

Experimenting with liquid nitrogen with @htacharter at STEAM Day 2020! Explore dozens of booths representing STEAM fields at the museum until 1:00 p.m. Mention STEAM Day at the front desk to join the event for FREE!
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#pearlharboraviationmuseum #steam #steameducation #hawaiitechnologyacademy

The owners of 19 aircraft have applied to participate so far. “The list includes a B-25 Mitchell bomber, A-26 Invader, S...
02/20/2020
Flock of warbirds planned for flyover on 75th anniversary of WWII’s end

The owners of 19 aircraft have applied to participate so far.

“The list includes a B-25 Mitchell bomber, A-26 Invader, SBD Dauntless dive bomber, P-40 Warhawk, TBF Avenger torpedo bomber, P-51 Mustang, F4F Wildcat, C-47 transport, PBY Catalina, F-8 Bearcat and T-6 Texan,” said Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum Executive Director Elissa Lines.

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2020/02/18/hawaii-news/flock-of-warbirds-planned-for-flyover-on-75th-anniversary-of-wwiis-end/

Planning for the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II has taken a major step forward with authorization for the military to transport up to 24 World War II-era aircraft and their pilots to and from Pearl Harbor for the commemoration.

Congratulations to Donnie Edwards, former NFL star and current Executive Director of the Best Defense Foundation, on rec...
02/20/2020
Donnie Edwards receives 2019 Salute to Service Award

Congratulations to Donnie Edwards, former NFL star and current Executive Director of the Best Defense Foundation, on receiving the 2019 Salute to Service award from the NFL and USAA!

"Inspired by his grandfather's service in WWII, Donnie has exhibited true appreciation for the sacrifices of WWII veterans and those currently serving overseas," said Vice Admiral (Ret.) John Bird, USAA Senior Vice President of Military Affairs.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001099671/article/donnie-edwards-receives-2019-salute-to-service-award

The NFL and USAA named former former All-Pro Donnie Edwards as the recipient of the 2019 Salute to Service Award, which recognizes efforts by members of the NFL community to support the military community.

#OnThisDay, 75 years ago, U.S. Marines made an amphibious landing on the island of Iwo Jima, a stronghold for Japanese f...
02/20/2020

#OnThisDay, 75 years ago, U.S. Marines made an amphibious landing on the island of Iwo Jima, a stronghold for Japanese forces.

Just four days into the fighting, on February 23, 1945, U.S. Marines captured Mount Suribachi, on Iwo Jima’s south side, famously raising an American flag at the summit. That image was captured by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal, who won a Pulitzer Prize for the iconic photograph.

However, the fighting was far from over. Iwo Jima became the site of one of the bloodiest battles of World War II against Japan.

Learn More: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2020/02/19/iwo-jima-75th-anniversary-iconic-wwii-pictures-marines-invasion/4805923002/

We are heartbroken to share the news that Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Survivor Donald G. Stratton has passed away at ag...
02/18/2020

We are heartbroken to share the news that Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Survivor Donald G. Stratton has passed away at age 97.

Stratton was severely burned when a bomb hit the USS Arizona on December 7, 1941. He was with five other crew members in the ship's burning forward mast and was saved when a sailor on a nearby ship threw them a line. With 70% of his body already burned, he crawled hand over hand, above the flaming water to safety.

Only two USS Arizona Survivors remain - Lou Conter and Ken Potts.

Thank you for your service, Mr. Stratton. #RIPHero🇺🇸

We are profoundly sad to say that last night, February 15, Donald passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his wife of nearly 70 years, Velma, and his son Randy. One of Donald's final wishes was that people remember Pearl Harbor and the men aboard the USS Arizona. Share their story and never forget those who gave all for our great country.

Donald Stratton, 97 years old.
USS Arizona Survivor
Husband of 69 years to Velma Stratton
Father to Robert, Randy, Gypsy and Roxanne Jo
Grandfather and Greatgrandfather to 13 amazing grandchildren
Author of New York Times Best Seller - All the Gallant Men.

Happy President’s Day! Looking for something fun to do on your day off? Visit us at the museum where you and your ‘ohana...
02/17/2020

Happy President’s Day! Looking for something fun to do on your day off? Visit us at the museum where you and your ‘ohana can explore two historic hangars with 50+ aircraft and take a spin in our thrilling state-of-the-art flight simulator!

Tickets Here: https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/buytickets/

#FirstFlight: On this Day in 1955 the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 flew for the first time. Since then, a variety of Soviet M...
02/14/2020

#FirstFlight: On this Day in 1955 the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 flew for the first time. Since then, a variety of Soviet MiG-21s have been flown by nearly 40 nations.

Our MiG originally served in Serbia. It is the PF edition, an early variant used by North Vietnamese aces such as Nguyen Van Coc.

Join us for our FREE STEAM Day event on Saturday, February 22, in partnership with HTA-Hawaii Technology Academy. This e...
02/12/2020

Join us for our FREE STEAM Day event on Saturday, February 22, in partnership with HTA-Hawaii Technology Academy. This exciting event encourages keiki and youth to explore 40 hands-on STEAM activities, from riveting and astrophotography, to coding, robotics and our flight lab simulators. There’s something for everyone at STEAM Day 2020!

Learn more: https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/upcoming-events/steam-day/

02/11/2020
WWII Veteran Sheldon Beigel

'We droned on at 180 miles per hour and we only had one shot at it. I flew many combat missions in this airplane," said World War II Veteran Sheldon Beigel, speaking about his time as a bombardier on a B-17 in Europe.

02/10/2020
Flight Simulators

Strong winds? Reroute your journey to Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum where you can take to the skies in our state-of-the-art 360-degree flight simulator. It’s a blast! Tickets Here: https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/buytickets/
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#pearlharboraviationmuseum #pearlharbor #pearlharbormemorial #aviationmuseum #aviation #flightsimulator #virtualreality

We are honored to welcome veterans from Honor Flight Nevada to the Museum today! Many of these heroes, all in their 90s,...
02/07/2020

We are honored to welcome veterans from Honor Flight Nevada to the Museum today! Many of these heroes, all in their 90s, served during World War II and before this trip, have never had the chance to visit Pearl Harbor. Thank you all for your service!

Have you heard of the Tuskegee Airmen? They were the first African American military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps...
02/06/2020

Have you heard of the Tuskegee Airmen? They were the first African American military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps who overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II. Their success helped pave the way of the desegregation of the military after the war. #BlackHistoryMonth

Learn More: https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/tuskegee-airmen

02/05/2020

Escape the rain by stepping into one of our historic hangars. You’ll discover fascinating stories behind our aircraft, including this Convair F-102A Delta Dagger -- the world’s first supersonic, all-weather jet interceptor and the U.S. Air Force’s first operational delta wing aircraft. Tickets here: https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/buytickets/

McGee flew 136 combat missions in World War II as part of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military...
02/03/2020
Super Bowl coin flip honor for 100-year-old Tuskegee Airman from Bethesda | WTOP

McGee flew 136 combat missions in World War II as part of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

https://wtop.com/montgomery-county/2020/02/100-year-old-tuskegee-airman-from-bethesda-flipped-super-bowl-liv-coin/

For most people, taking part in a Super Bowl coin toss would be a thrill of a lifetime — it’s just the latest accomplishment from a Montgomery County, Maryland, military hero.

“It’s the passage of time. It’s hard to believe they’ve had these full lives and lived this long. It’s very hard for us ...
01/29/2020
4 Pearl Harbor survivors die within weeks of one another

“It’s the passage of time. It’s hard to believe they’ve had these full lives and lived this long. It’s very hard for us to let them go — as if they are immortal,” said Daniel Martinez, chief historian for the Pearl Harbor National Memorial.

Rest in peace, #heroes, and thank you for your service. 🇺🇸

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2020/01/25/hawaii-news/4-pearl-harbor-survivors-die-within-weeks-of-one-another/

At least four Pearl Harbor veterans, three in their late 90s and one who was 100, recently died within weeks of one another as the clock rapidly ticks down on the last survivors from the day that changed America on Dec. 7, 1941.

#TuesdayTrivia: Here's an easy one for you! The F-14 Tomcat played an important part in which iconic 1986 film?HINT: The...
01/28/2020

#TuesdayTrivia: Here's an easy one for you! The F-14 Tomcat played an important part in which iconic 1986 film?

HINT: The film's sequel will open in theaters in Summer 2020.

Did you know you can try your hand at flight combat in our interactive Fighter Ace 360 Flight Simulators? Can’t make it ...
01/27/2020
About the game | World of Warships

Did you know you can try your hand at flight combat in our interactive Fighter Ace 360 Flight Simulators? Can’t make it to the museum? You can experience all forms of naval combat right at home with our friends at World of Warships! Get started by registering with PEARL1941 at https://wo.ws/2Ftd2UV

Official website of the award-winning free-to-play online game World of Warships. Action stations!

Happy Chinese New Year from Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum!
01/25/2020

Happy Chinese New Year from Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum!

Visit us this weekend for a chance to check out rare and historic WWII-era aircraft like this Nakajima B5N Kate — one of...
01/24/2020

Visit us this weekend for a chance to check out rare and historic WWII-era aircraft like this Nakajima B5N Kate — one of only two Kates left in existence.
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Streamlined and fast, the B5N Kate was the first all metal monoplane aircraft in the imperial Japanese arsenal. The Kate was integral in the success of the December 7, 1941 attack on the American fleet at Pearl Harbor.
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By 1943, the loss of experienced Imperial Japanese Navy aviators, lack of armor protecting fuel tanks and crew, and improvements in U.S. aircraft rendered the Kate obsolete. As the end of the war in the pacific approached, Kates served as bombers, trainers and Kamikaze aircraft.
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Tickets: https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/buytickets/

Looking toward the piercing blue bullet-ridden windows of Hangar 79 - one of the many scars left on our nation’s first W...
01/23/2020

Looking toward the piercing blue bullet-ridden windows of Hangar 79 - one of the many scars left on our nation’s first WWII battlefield. #pearlharbor #neverforget

01/21/2020
U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy named an aircraft carrier in honor of an African American for the first time during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day ceremony yesterday.

World War II Hero Doris Miller was the first African American to earn the Navy Cross for his courage during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Watch his harrowing story below!

Today, Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly will officially name the future Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier (CVN 81) in honor of World War II hero Ship’s Cook Third Class Doris Miller, at a ceremony in Pearl Harbor, HI. Learn how his actions on Dec. 7, 1941, earned him the Navy Cross.

Address

319 Lexington Blvd - Ford Island
Honolulu, HI
96818

the BUS - routes that come to the Pearl Harbor Historic Area are: A, 20, 40, 40a, 42, 62, 32, 74 for more information, please call the reservations desk - 808-441-1000

General information

The mission of Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is to develop and maintain an internationally recognized aviation museum on Ford Island that educates young and old alike, honors aviators and their support personnel who defended freedom in the Pacific Region and to preserve Pacific aviation history. Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum occupies World War II-era hangars that still bear the scars of our nation's first aviation battlefield. See rare aircraft such as a Japanese Zero, an F4F Wildcat, B-25 Mitchell Bomber, F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Eagle, dioramas, videos, and more. Veteran docents bring the history to life. The Museum attracts visitors from all over the world. Historians, veterans, aviation enthusiasts, school groups, Westbound and Eastbound visitors to O`ahu call it a must see destination. Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is open 9am to 5pm daily and is accessed by shuttles from USS Arizona Visitor Center at Pearl Harbor. Phone 808/441-1000 or visit www.PearlHarborAviationMuseum.org for tickets and more information.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(808) 441-1000

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Can anyone tell me about this? Found in my childhood home about 40 years ago, nobody knows how it got there.
Hi, I am looking for anyone who would be willing to help me. I am looking for people who know of/ are related to/ knowledgable about civilian pilots during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Any help would be really appreciated!
A MUST SEE on your trip. It’s taking a step back in time....a living history !!!!
Any word about Barbers Point museum?
My FDR presentation, "FDR Remembers Pearl Harbor and World War II, will be presented on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Saturday, December 7th, 2019, at the Buffalo (NY) History Museum at 10:30 AM.
I enjoyed my visit to the museum last November. Had to add the Swamp Ghost Logo to the picture, just for fun.
When I visited your wonderful museum last year, one of the airplanes being restored was a Grumman TBD Avenger. My father Flew on one as a radio airman (VT 85) aboard the USS Shangri-La during WWII. Can you give me an update on that restoration and tell me if/when it might be on exhibit? Thank you!
I would love to locate the family of the Pilot who wrote this to my father and grandparents. Any suggestions?
Great museum. We really enjoyed our visit today. Just wish we had more time.
Enjoyed the visit to the museum last year. History in a hanger, very nice.
It's with sadness that we're sharing the news of the passing of our dad, Joseph Henry "Joe" Genné, Jr., USN veteran of World War II. Joe was an early donor to the museum and selects from his 1945-46 photo collection have been featured on the museum's social properties. Joe served as an Aviation Machinist's Mate with CASU-1, NAS Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. He worked in the same hangar where the museum is now, maintaining and flying Navy aircraft around Oahu. Joe's obituary photo features him at age 19 standing next to the OY-1 Sentinel he and his mate Seward McGinnis flew to Haleiwa Field on June 6, 1946. After the war Joe went to an aviation college on the G.I. Bill and then served a commission in the USAF during the Korean War. He stayed in aviation throughout his civilian career, retiring from TWA at age 75. Our dad always cherished memories of his service on Ford Island and supported the museum's mission from day one. Joe flew west June 13, 2019, age 93. Best to you all. 🇺🇸
Are you guys set up for “Facebook donations” or will it still get to you from the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor one that I used last year? Just checking because I would like to do a birthday donation again this year but your name changed so I want to make sure it’s going to the right place!