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.

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"Go For Broke" was the motto of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an Army unit made up of Nisei, or second-generation Ja...
05/11/2021

"Go For Broke" was the motto of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an Army unit made up of Nisei, or second-generation Japanese Americans, from Hawaii and the U.S. Mainland. The term meant to put everything on the line in an effort to win big – something these Nisei understood all too well.

Nearly one year after signing Executive Order 9066, which laid the groundwork for the mass relocation of more than 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry to internment camps, President Franklin Roosevelt activated the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Despite the growing racism against them, many Japanese Americans answered the call to serve.

After intense training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, the 442nd was sent overseas to Italy, where they fought alongside the 100th Infantry Battalion, another Japanese-American unit.

Today, the 442nd is remembered as the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the history of the US military. In total, about 18,000 men served, ultimately earning 9,486 Purple Hearts, 21 Medals of Honor and an unprecedented seven Presidential Unit Citations. #AAPIHM

Learn more about the 442nd here: https://www.goforbroke.org/learn/history/military_units/442nd.php

#OnThisDay in 1945, victory celebrations erupted around the world to mark the end of WWII in Europe. N**i Germany had fi...
05/08/2021

#OnThisDay in 1945, victory celebrations erupted around the world to mark the end of WWII in Europe. N**i Germany had finally surrendered after more than 5 years of fighting that resulted in the deaths of millions of people.

"Our rejoicing is sobered and subdued by a supreme consciousness of the terrible price we have paid to rid the world of Hi**er and his evil band. Let us not forget, my fellow Americans, the sorrow and the heartache, which today abide in the homes of so many of our neighbors - neighbors whose most priceless possession has been rendered as a sacrifice to redeem our liberty." – President Harry S. Truman

#VEDay #veday2021

Today, we had the privilege of welcoming HTA students Hunter and Braden to Hangar 37 where they presented their restorat...
05/07/2021

Today, we had the privilege of welcoming HTA students Hunter and Braden to Hangar 37 where they presented their restoration and exhibit plan proposals for the Museum’s Douglas A3D Skywarrior. The two have been interning at the Museum as part of a work-based learning program in collaboration with HTA-Hawaii Technology Academy.

Congrats on a job well done, Hunter and Braden!

Today, we had the privilege of welcoming HTA students Hunter and Braden to Hangar 37 where they presented their restoration and exhibit plan proposals for the Museum’s Douglas A3D Skywarrior. The two have been interning at the Museum as part of a work-based learning program in collaboration with HTA-Hawaii Technology Academy.

Congrats on a job well done, Hunter and Braden!

Layla Ashley and her teacher, Mrs. Catherine Clark, spent the past year researching Corporal Elmer John Elsey for the Sa...
05/04/2021

Layla Ashley and her teacher, Mrs. Catherine Clark, spent the past year researching Corporal Elmer John Elsey for the Sacrifice for Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific Student and Teacher Institute.

Elsey joined the U.S. Marine Corps on January 6, 1942. After his training, he was stationed on Guadalcanal.

On the morning of February 23, 1943, the Japanese attacked the island and men sprang from their tents into the foxholes.

Read on to learn what happened to Elsey on that fateful day.

#FirstFlight: On this day in 1940 the Douglas SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber flew for the first time. The aircraft went on to...
05/01/2021

#FirstFlight: On this day in 1940 the Douglas SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber flew for the first time. The aircraft went on to play a starring role in the war in the Pacific during WWII.

The diving Dauntless was the first saw action at Pearl Harbor flying off the USS Enterprise, but are best remembered as the bomber that delivered the fatal blows to Japanese carriers at the Battle of Midway in June 1942. In total, the Dauntless sank more enemy ships than any other Allied bomber, destroying 18 enemy warships, including a battleship and six carriers.

Learn more about the Dauntless: https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/aircraft/douglas-sbd-dauntless-dive-bomber/

#FirstFlight: On this day in 1940 the Douglas SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber flew for the first time. The aircraft went on to play a starring role in the war in the Pacific during WWII.

The diving Dauntless was the first saw action at Pearl Harbor flying off the USS Enterprise, but are best remembered as the bomber that delivered the fatal blows to Japanese carriers at the Battle of Midway in June 1942. In total, the Dauntless sank more enemy ships than any other Allied bomber, destroying 18 enemy warships, including a battleship and six carriers.

Learn more about the Dauntless: https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/aircraft/douglas-sbd-dauntless-dive-bomber/

Sign your middle schooler up for five days of high-flying fun! Spots are filling up quickly for our popular Flight Schoo...
05/01/2021

Sign your middle schooler up for five days of high-flying fun!

Spots are filling up quickly for our popular Flight School for Boys summer camp.

Your keiki will experiment with the forces of flight, learn about weather and atmosphere, explore the history of aviation in Hawaii, tackle a real-world problem using aviation assets, talk story with aviation professionals, and much more!

Don’t wait, register your student today: https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/education/stem-camps/flight-school/

Sign your middle schooler up for five days of high-flying fun!

Spots are filling up quickly for our popular Flight School for Boys summer camp.

Your keiki will experiment with the forces of flight, learn about weather and atmosphere, explore the history of aviation in Hawaii, tackle a real-world problem using aviation assets, talk story with aviation professionals, and much more!

Don’t wait, register your student today: https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/education/stem-camps/flight-school/

Spots are still available for our 5-day Flight School for Girls! This summer, we’re inspiring the next generation of fem...
04/30/2021
Flight School - Pearl Harbor Aviation Musuem

Spots are still available for our 5-day Flight School for Girls! This summer, we’re inspiring the next generation of female pilots through an action-packed week discovering the world of aviation.

Students will:

👩‍🔬 Conduct lively experiments
✈️ Enter actual historic aircrafts
📚 Dive into the history of aviation during WWII
👩‍✈️ Talk to professional female aviators
🗝 Make and break codes

...And so much more!

Registrations are going fast -- sign your student up today: https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/education/stem-camps/flight-school/

For grades 6-8 Spend an action-packed week discovering the world of aviation through fast-paced STEM activities. Experiment with the forces…

Volunteer Docents Wanted for the Ford Island Control Tower Tour!This summer, the #PearlHarbor battlefield will be visibl...
04/27/2021

Volunteer Docents Wanted for the Ford Island Control Tower Tour!

This summer, the #PearlHarbor battlefield will be visible from above with the launch of our new Ford Island Control Tower tour. We need WWII history enthusiasts to share the story of December 7, 1941 with our guests in this new tour!

Must be:
▪️Able to volunteer 1-2 days per week.
▪️Passionate about sharing history with guests and students in an engaging manner.

Training and uniforms will be provided.

If you're interested, please contact Loretta at [email protected].

Volunteer Docents Wanted for the Ford Island Control Tower Tour!

This summer, the #PearlHarbor battlefield will be visible from above with the launch of our new Ford Island Control Tower tour. We need WWII history enthusiasts to share the story of December 7, 1941 with our guests in this new tour!

Must be:
▪️Able to volunteer 1-2 days per week.
▪️Passionate about sharing history with guests and students in an engaging manner.

Training and uniforms will be provided.

If you're interested, please contact Loretta at [email protected].

#OnThisDay in 1945, the 332nd #TuskegeeAirmen flew its last combat mission, two weeks before the German surrender.The wi...
04/27/2021

#OnThisDay in 1945, the 332nd #TuskegeeAirmen flew its last combat mission, two weeks before the German surrender.

The widely celebrated unit had flown more than 15,000 individual sorties over two years in combat. They had destroyed or damaged 36 German planes in the air and 237 on the ground, as well as nearly 1,000 rail cars and transport vehicles and a German destroyer. In all, 66 Tuskegee-trained aviators were killed in action during World War II, while another 32 were captured as POWs after being shot down.

Together, these heroes earned more than 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses, and helped encourage the eventual integration of the U.S. armed forces.

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

#OnThisDay in 1945, the 332nd #TuskegeeAirmen flew its last combat mission, two weeks before the German surrender.

The widely celebrated unit had flown more than 15,000 individual sorties over two years in combat. They had destroyed or damaged 36 German planes in the air and 237 on the ground, as well as nearly 1,000 rail cars and transport vehicles and a German destroyer. In all, 66 Tuskegee-trained aviators were killed in action during World War II, while another 32 were captured as POWs after being shot down.

Together, these heroes earned more than 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses, and helped encourage the eventual integration of the U.S. armed forces.

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

04/25/2021
Thank You, Volunteers! National Volunteer Week 2021

“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” – Winston Churchill

On this final day of #NationalVolunteerWeek, we'd like to thank ALL our volunteers who give their time in support of our mission. Without them, we wouldn't be able to do what we do.

Thank you, volunteers!

If you're interested in volunteering for Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, please click here: https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/join-give/volunteer/

*The Museum adheres to all necessary COVID-19 precautions, inlcuding social distancing and face coverings

Over the past year, Tryon Calleroz and his teacher, Mrs. Trysta Asche have been hard at work researching Fireman First C...
04/24/2021

Over the past year, Tryon Calleroz and his teacher, Mrs. Trysta Asche have been hard at work researching Fireman First Class Grant Clark Cook, Jr. as part of the Sacrifice for Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific Student and Teacher Institute.

Cook was assigned to the USS Oklahoma on December 7, 1941. Eight torpedoes hit the battleship within the first ten minutes of the attack. The ship began to take on water. When the ninth torpedo hit, it sank the ship into the mud.

Cook was working in the boiler room. It was believed that he was killed within minutes of the first hit.

Read the full story in the post below.

Volunteering can be fun for the whole family! Ashleigh Houff grew up visiting aviation museums, thanks to her dad, Mark,...
04/23/2021
Volunteering: It's a Family Affair - Pearl Harbor Aviation Musuem

Volunteering can be fun for the whole family! Ashleigh Houff grew up visiting aviation museums, thanks to her dad, Mark, a history and aviation enthusiast. Frequent visits led to museum memberships, which then led to volunteer service, eventually sparking a new passion in Ashleigh for both library and archival science and aerospace.

“We spent a few days of my last winter break cataloging books in the Museum’s library. It was the epitome of what makes volunteering so great: Doing good for something I love with the people I love.”

Click here to read more: https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/blog/volunteering-its-a-family-affair/

By Mark and Ashleigh Houff, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum Members and Curatorial Services Volunteers Ashleigh Houff If I were to…

04/22/2021
Volunteers Dylan and Colby Share Personal Collections of WWII Artifacts

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum volunteers Dylan and Colby both have extensive, personal collections of WWII artifacts and uniforms. On Thursdays, they come to the Museum to display items from their collections in the lobby of our main Hangar 37.

We’re grateful for their work and passion for preserving history!
#VolunteerAppreciationWeek

Interested in volunteering for Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum? Click here: https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/join-give/volunteer/

Join our team! Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is seeking qualified applicants for two new positions: Facilities Coordinato...
04/21/2021

Join our team! Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is seeking qualified applicants for two new positions: Facilities Coordinator (full-time) and Cashier/Cook (part-time).

Our culture is built on collaboration, trust, mutual respect, hard work and a passion for history, museums and airplanes. We embrace change and the opportunity it brings, and are committed to growing our world class staff.

Click here to learn more about both positions: https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/about/careers-2/

Join our team! Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is seeking qualified applicants for two new positions: Facilities Coordinator (full-time) and Cashier/Cook (part-time).

Our culture is built on collaboration, trust, mutual respect, hard work and a passion for history, museums and airplanes. We embrace change and the opportunity it brings, and are committed to growing our world class staff.

Click here to learn more about both positions: https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/about/careers-2/

04/20/2021
2021 Summer STEM Camps Take Off!

Summer #STEMCamps take off! Registration is now open for Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum’s popular 5-day summer STEM Camps.

Three different camps are available for students in grades 3 – 8, all designed to give your keiki the opportunity to explore their passion for science, technology, engineering, mathematics and aviation.

Sign your student up for five days of high flying fun!

Learn more: https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/education/stem-camps/

04/20/2021
Timelapse: Volunteers from the 735 AMS Group Reassemble Blue Angel #4

Back in February, #volunteers from the 735 AMS group helped reassemble Blue Angel #4 in Hangar 79.

“It’s quite an honor to be asked to come over to Ford Island to Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum and help with the assembly of the Blue Angels #4 aircraft. It’s an honor for my team to put together an aircraft that stands for everything that is good and right in our nation.” – Brandon Baimbridge from the 735 AMS Group

We are so grateful for their valuable skills and the exceptional care they took while working on the iconic aircraft!

#TransformationTuesday #VolunteerAppreciationWeek

Interested in volunteering for Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum? Click here: https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/join-give/volunteer/

#VolunteerAppreciationWeek: Thank you to all our volunteers for your time, hard work and generosity of spirit through th...
04/19/2021

#VolunteerAppreciationWeek: Thank you to all our volunteers for your time, hard work and generosity of spirit through the years! Your support is critical to moving our mission forward. We appreciate each and every one of you!

#weloveourvolunteers #volunteerappreciation #thankyouvolunteers

#VolunteerAppreciationWeek: Thank you to all our volunteers for your time, hard work and generosity of spirit through the years! Your support is critical to moving our mission forward. We appreciate each and every one of you!

#weloveourvolunteers #volunteerappreciation #thankyouvolunteers

Last week, Ken Potts, one of just two men still alive who served on the #USSArizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor, c...
04/19/2021
Ken Potts, USS Arizona survivor gets parade, Blackhawk ride, for 100th birthday

Last week, Ken Potts, one of just two men still alive who served on the #USSArizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor, celebrated his 100th birthday with a ride on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Potts, and thank you for your sacrifice and service!

Read More: https://www.ksl.com/article/50148034/ken-potts-uss-arizona-survivor-gets-parade-blackhawk-ride-for-100th-birthday

A tribute fit for a hero – on a hero's 100th birthday. One of the last remaining survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Ken Potts, is one of only two living survivors that were aboard the battleship USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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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

Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:00 - 16:00
Sunday 09:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(808) 441-1000

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Good afternoon from Naval History and Heritage Command! We are reaching out to you because we recently launched our annual Navy History and Heritage Awards (NHHA) Program and thought your organization might be interested. These awards were created to recognize public, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations who incorporate the history and heritage of the U.S. Navy into their publications, documents, and artifacts at their facilities. Winners will receive a plaque, pennant, and certificate of award. NHHC Navy Museums Division will be hosting a Zoom information session about the awards program on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EST. The information session will take place at the following link: https://usnwc.zoom.us/j/94225213512?pwd=endaMUNweDZCY09hZlkrSys2dkRCUT09 Meeting ID: 942 2521 3512 Passcode: 714150 Applications are due June 1, 2021. Award winners will be announced on August 2, 2021. For detailed information about the awards categories, frequently asked questions, and to download applications, check out our website: https://www.history.navy.mil/get-involved/nhhc-awards-program.html For any additional questions, please contact [email protected]. Thank you, and we hope to hear from you!
A friend of mine shared these on his wall last month. Thought it was neat. Then I saw the posts here about this exact plane at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum and thought I'd share.
Greek models enthusiast builds USS ARIZONA 1:100 scale from scratch !!!!!
A cool sunset I caught yesterday over the SBX. Not sure if this appropriate for this group but it's Pearl Harbor and relates to aviation so... just for fun.
December 17, 1934. Aviation Day at Wheeler Field on the Island of Oahu. These photos show the 18th Pursuit Group. My Dad was Records Clerk for the Group at that time.
Tonight, I drink for Dick Girooeco VP. 24. NAS Ford Island DEC. 7 1941 Take no prisoners, JBF 3/3/3 Cpl USMC SEMPER FIDELIS.
AHSA (NSW) Inc. presentation titled "Swamp Ghost and Friends" by Peter Dunn of the "Australia @ War" website www.ozatwar.com Peter's talk focuses on the twelve B-17 Flying Fortresses’ which formed the nucleus of what later became the 435th Bomb Squadron – “The Kangaroo Squadron”. They had their beginnings in the confusion generated by the attack on Pearl Harbor. They journeyed from USA to Garbutt Airfield in Townsville, Australia and within a few days they bombed Simpson Harbour at Rabaul. B-17E Flying Fortress #41-2446 “Swamp Ghost” was one of these B-17s. It is now on display in the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. https://www.facebook.com/Ozatwar/posts/10217677328874786
AHSA (NSW) Inc. presentation titled "Swamp Ghost and Friends" by Peter Dunn of the "Australia @ War" website www.ozatwar.com Peter's talk focuses on the twelve B-17 Flying Fortresses’ which formed the nucleus of what later became the 435th Bomb Squadron – “The Kangaroo Squadron”. They had their beginnings in the confusion generated by the attack on Pearl Harbor. They journeyed from USA to Garbutt Airfield in Townsville, Australia and within a few days they bombed Simpson Harbour at Rabaul. B-17E Flying Fortress #41-2446 “Swamp Ghost” was one of these B-17s. It is now on display in the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. https://www.facebook.com/Ozatwar/posts/10217677328874786
taken today during the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII
Syd Jones ( and I) are looking forward to flying with owner David Prescott, in his B-25 "Ol Glory" for the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII commemoration on September 2nd. It is our honor to participate and to fly over the Pearl Harbor Avaition Museum that we were a part of. Photos by Robert Pinksten.
Found this during pandemic housecleaning. This was your predecessor, no?
Thank You! I received my American Girl book, Nanea, this week