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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Aviation Day was last week and we loved hearing from each one of you! ✈️Aviation plays an important part in everyone’s s...
08/25/2021

Aviation Day was last week and we loved hearing from each one of you! ✈️

Aviation plays an important part in everyone’s story, and we thank you for sharing yours with us!

Check out our Aviation Day blog post to read what aviation means to some of our followers and Members!

https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/blog/aviation-day/

Aviation Day was last week and we loved hearing from each one of you! ✈️

Aviation plays an important part in everyone’s story, and we thank you for sharing yours with us!

Check out our Aviation Day blog post to read what aviation means to some of our followers and Members!

https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/blog/aviation-day/

Happy National #AviationDay!✈️To celebrate, we want to share aviation stories of hope, joy, and passion with our friends...
08/19/2021

Happy National #AviationDay!✈️

To celebrate, we want to share aviation stories of hope, joy, and passion with our friends and followers from all walks of life!

Share with us what aviation means to you and how aviation has influenced, inspired, and shaped your life!

Happy National #AviationDay!✈️

To celebrate, we want to share aviation stories of hope, joy, and passion with our friends and followers from all walks of life!

Share with us what aviation means to you and how aviation has influenced, inspired, and shaped your life!

08/18/2021

The bridge to Ford Island will be closed to traffic from 9-10:30 A.M. this morning.

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum will remain open normal business hours, from 9 A.M. - 5 P.M.

Please expect delays when planning your visit this morning. We apologize for the inconvenience!

Join the 1941 Club today! Become a part of a network of dedicated supporters who are committed to sustaining our history...
08/17/2021

Join the 1941 Club today!

Become a part of a network of dedicated supporters who are committed to sustaining our history at Pearl Harbor. We need your support now more than ever to continue our work, to preserve and pass on the legacy of our WWII heroes to the next generation!

Click here to learn more: https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/join-the-1941-club/

#pearlharboraviationmuseum #1941club #support #donate

Join the 1941 Club today!

Become a part of a network of dedicated supporters who are committed to sustaining our history at Pearl Harbor. We need your support now more than ever to continue our work, to preserve and pass on the legacy of our WWII heroes to the next generation!

Click here to learn more: https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/join-the-1941-club/

#pearlharboraviationmuseum #1941club #support #donate

Today is National #AirborneDay, a day to celebrate and honor Army parachute traditions! During World War II, paratrooper...
08/16/2021

Today is National #AirborneDay, a day to celebrate and honor Army parachute traditions!

During World War II, paratroopers were transported and deployed from the versatile Douglas C-47! C-47s could carry 28 paratroopers into battle!

Click the link below to learn more about our "do-anything go-anywhere" Douglas C-47 in Hangar 79!

https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/blog/douglas-c-47-dc-3-cheeky-charlie/

📷: Paratroopers deploying. Imperial War Museum, 4700-30 BU 1162.

#Paratrooper #C47

Today is National #AirborneDay, a day to celebrate and honor Army parachute traditions!

During World War II, paratroopers were transported and deployed from the versatile Douglas C-47! C-47s could carry 28 paratroopers into battle!

Click the link below to learn more about our "do-anything go-anywhere" Douglas C-47 in Hangar 79!

https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/blog/douglas-c-47-dc-3-cheeky-charlie/

📷: Paratroopers deploying. Imperial War Museum, 4700-30 BU 1162.

#Paratrooper #C47

#OnThisDay 76 years ago Japan declared its unconditional surrender. A sense of relief and celebrations swept over the Al...
08/14/2021

#OnThisDay 76 years ago Japan declared its unconditional surrender.

A sense of relief and celebrations swept over the Allied nations as the surrender effectively ended one of the largest and deadliest wars.

Although Japan surrendered on August 14 and accepted the Potsdam surrender terms on August 15, it was not official until September 2, when the surrender was signed by representatives aboard the USS Missouri.

📷1: Scenes at Waikiki, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, when word was received that the Japanese had accepted the Potsdam surrender terms, August 15, 1945. Official U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. (2015/11/17). Note, original photograph is extremely curved.

📷2: Service personnel of Camp Catlin Fleet Training Center at Oahu, Hawaii, celebrating with a quick jitterbug routine after the announcement of Japan’s announcement of Japan’s acceptance of the Potsdam surrender terms, 15 August 1945. Official U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. (2014/5/22).

📷3: Victory Celebrations at CINCPAC HQ, Guam, August 15, 1945. Official U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. (2015/11/10).

Visiting Pearl Harbor? You won’t want to miss anything as you navigate through the sites!Click the link below to read ou...
08/13/2021

Visiting Pearl Harbor? You won’t want to miss anything as you navigate through the sites!

Click the link below to read our Pearl Harbor Visitor Guide about what to know before you go on your sacred pilgrimage to Pearl Harbor!

https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/blog/how-to-visit-pearl-harbor/

#PearlHarbor #PearlHarborHistoricSites #PearlHarborAviationMuseum #BattleshipMissouri #PacificFleetSubmarinemuseum #USSArizona

Visiting Pearl Harbor? You won’t want to miss anything as you navigate through the sites!

Click the link below to read our Pearl Harbor Visitor Guide about what to know before you go on your sacred pilgrimage to Pearl Harbor!

https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/blog/how-to-visit-pearl-harbor/

#PearlHarbor #PearlHarborHistoricSites #PearlHarborAviationMuseum #BattleshipMissouri #PacificFleetSubmarinemuseum #USSArizona

08/13/2021

Former President George H.W Bush was a TBM Avenger pilot during World War II and flew 58 missions!

On September 2,1944 after receiving anti-aircraft fire Bush was forced to bail out of his TBM Avenger. Although his crew was lost, Bush was rescued by submarine USS Finback after drifting in a raft for hours.

#pearlharboraviationmuseum #tbmavenger #georgehwbush #worldwar2 #aviation #pilot

#OnThisDay in 1942 the First Marine Division landed in Guadalcanal as the first counter-offensive in the Pacific Theater...
08/07/2021

#OnThisDay in 1942 the First Marine Division landed in Guadalcanal as the first counter-offensive in the Pacific Theater following the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Just 13 days after this counter-offense the first 30 aircraft -- 18 F4F Wildcat fighter planes and 12 SBD Dauntless dive bombers -- landed at Henderson Field. Arriving soon after was an assortment of Navy, Marine, and Army pilots and planes, marking the beginning of the Cactus Air Force.

📷1: A 500 pound demolition bomb being loaded onto an SBD scout bomber on the deck of the USS Enterprise on the first day of strikes. Official U.S. Navy photography, now in the collections of the National Archives.

📷2: A Marine Corp tank being hoisted onto a landing craft on the first day of the invasion of Guadalcanal. (U.S. Navy Photo)

📷3: SBD-3 scout bombers on the deck of the USS Enterprise preparing for the invasion of Guadalcanal. (U.S. Navy Photo).

#Cactusairforce #1stMarineDivision

Happy Aloha Friday!🌈Our restored 1938 Pirsch fire truck parked outside the Ford Island Control Tower is now open! Hop in...
08/06/2021

Happy Aloha Friday!🌈

Our restored 1938 Pirsch fire truck parked outside the Ford Island Control Tower is now open!

Hop in the driver’s seat to snap a picture in the same type of fire truck stationed at Pearl Harbor during the attack!

Tag us in your 1938 Pirsch fire truck images for a chance to be featured on our page!

#1938Pirsch #Firetruck #pearlharboraviationmuseum

Happy Aloha Friday!🌈

Our restored 1938 Pirsch fire truck parked outside the Ford Island Control Tower is now open!

Hop in the driver’s seat to snap a picture in the same type of fire truck stationed at Pearl Harbor during the attack!

Tag us in your 1938 Pirsch fire truck images for a chance to be featured on our page!

#1938Pirsch #Firetruck #pearlharboraviationmuseum

Happy 231st Birthday U.S. Coast Guard!To celebrate, the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites will be offering FREE admission this...
08/05/2021

Happy 231st Birthday U.S. Coast Guard!

To celebrate, the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites will be offering FREE admission this Saturday, August 7 and Sunday, August 8 for active duty, veterans, retirees, and dependents of the U.S. Coast Guard! A valid military ID is required!

#pearlharboraviationmuseum #battleshipmissouri #pacificfleetsubmarinemuseum #uscoastguard

Happy 231st Birthday U.S. Coast Guard!

To celebrate, the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites will be offering FREE admission this Saturday, August 7 and Sunday, August 8 for active duty, veterans, retirees, and dependents of the U.S. Coast Guard! A valid military ID is required!

#pearlharboraviationmuseum #battleshipmissouri #pacificfleetsubmarinemuseum #uscoastguard

As summer comes to an end and Hawaii students head back to school this week, we want to take a look back to our summer s...
08/03/2021

As summer comes to an end and Hawaii students head back to school this week, we want to take a look back to our summer stem camps!

This summer these explorers and young aviators spent a week full of STEM activities, learning, and fun! They are ready to navigate the skies, stars, and this school year!

#pearlharboraviationmuseum #STEMcamps #Backtoschool #Flightschool #explorerscamp

Last week we welcomed comedian and actor Jim Gaffigan and his family to the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum! He explored ou...
08/02/2021

Last week we welcomed comedian and actor Jim Gaffigan and his family to the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum!

He explored our hangars, hopped into our Douglas SBD Dauntless, took a ride in the Fighter Ace Flight Simulators, and spent time recognizing fellow comedian Bob Hope in our Bob Hope: An American Treasure Exhibit!

Thank you Jim Gaffigan for stopping by!

#Pearlharboraviationmuseum

#OnThisDay in 1963 the Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter took its #FirstFlight at Edwards Air Force Base!The F-5A answered t...
08/01/2021

#OnThisDay in 1963 the Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter took its #FirstFlight at Edwards Air Force Base!

The F-5A answered the call for a tiny, nimble, and simple aircraft with the ability to fly at supersonic speeds. The F-5A quickly gained the reputation as a precision bomber in Vietnam and is still used today in the “Top Gun” and “Red Flag” schools as a trainer.

Our F-5A Freedom Fighter is located in Hangar 79!

#FreedomFighter #Pearlharboraviationmuseum

#OnThisDay in 1935 the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress took to the skies for its #FirstFlight! B-17 Bombers were the primary...
07/29/2021

#OnThisDay in 1935 the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress took to the skies for its #FirstFlight!

B-17 Bombers were the primary bombers used at the beginning of the War in the Pacific and were known for their endurance. They could withstand large amounts of damage, operated out of primitive jungle airstrips and were often on their own with limited supplies.

Our B-17E, also known as the Swamp Ghost, is located in Hangar 79 and originally arrived in Honolulu just 10 days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Swamp Ghost has a fascinating history – visit our website to learn more.

#B17 #Flyingfortress #Pearlharboraviationmuseum #swampghost

#FirstFlight: On July 27, 1972 the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle flew for the first time!The F-15 Eagle is one of the mos...
07/28/2021

#FirstFlight: On July 27, 1972 the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle flew for the first time!

The F-15 Eagle is one of the most successful fighters in history! The aircraft has claimed 92 kills with no known air combat losses. The F-15 was the first aircraft to produce more thrust than weight.
Hawaii was one of the earliest units to receive F-15As and our Eagle was utilized to defend the Hawaiian skies until it was demilitarized and found a permanent home in Hangar 79.

#F15Eagle #Pearlharboraviationmuseum

07/24/2021
Amelia Earhart in Hawaii

Happy Amelia Earhart Day!

Amelia Earhart is an American aviator and a #womaninaviation worth celebrating!

Earhart set numerous records and was a consistent advocate for women in aviation throughout her career. She was the first female aviator, and second aviator overall to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and first to fly from Hawaii to California. Earhart remains an inspiration and trailblazer for young women in aviation all over the world!

📷: Matson Navigation Company Archives

*Images colorized by the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum may not be historically accurate.

#AmeliaEarhartDay

These 30 incredible young ladies ‘earned their wings’ today, hoping to become #womeninaviation after completing our summ...
07/24/2021

These 30 incredible young ladies ‘earned their wings’ today, hoping to become #womeninaviation after completing our summer Flight School for Girls!

After five days on hands-on activities and learning these girls are ready to take off! 🛫

#Flightschoolforgirls #pearlharboraviationmuseum

07/21/2021

Hangar 37 is home to our Fighter Ace 360 Flight Simulators – 360 – degree flight simulators, which flip, roll, spin, and loop in any direction! Take control of a P-38 as you step into the shoes of a 1940s aviator fighting in the Pacific Theater!

Visit the link below to learn how you can jump in the cockpit!✈️

https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/attractions/fighter-ace-360o-flight-simulator/

#pearlharboraviationmuseum #flightsimulator #fighterace

#OnThisDay 52 years ago, the Apollo 11 spacecraft landed on the moon, marking Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin the first h...
07/20/2021

#OnThisDay 52 years ago, the Apollo 11 spacecraft landed on the moon, marking Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin the first humans to explore the lunar surface. Apollo 11 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center on July 16 1969 and splashed into the Pacific Ocean on July 24th, just 920 miles off the coast of Honolulu!

Lunar rocks were processed in our Hangar 79! 🌕

This week young explorers had a blast in our Galaxy Quest Explorers Club!Students completed five days of exciting hands-...
07/17/2021

This week young explorers had a blast in our Galaxy Quest Explorers Club!

Students completed five days of exciting hands-on STEM activities while exploring aviation and learning how to shoot for the stars!

#pearlharboraviationmuseum #stemcamp

Happy Shark Week! 🦈P-40 Warhawks became famous for their shark’s mouth nose art, which stared down any approaching threa...
07/16/2021

Happy Shark Week! 🦈

P-40 Warhawks became famous for their shark’s mouth nose art, which stared down any approaching threats. Shark teeth were the markings of the Flying Tigers, also known as the American Volunteer Group, during their service in the early 1940s.

Hangar 37 is home to a P-40E Kittyhawk baring its shark’s teeth in memorial of Flying Tiger Founder Robert Prescott.

Visit the link below to learn more about the Flying Tigers and their fighting sharks of the sky!
https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/blog/p-40-warhawks-and-claire-chennaults-flying-tigers-pearl-harbor/

#sharkweek #pearlharboraviationmuseum #P40warhawk

Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of welcoming award-winning children’s book author Jennifer Swanson to the Museum!...
07/09/2021

Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of welcoming award-winning children’s book author Jennifer Swanson to the Museum!

Jennifer signed books for keiki and taught them about the forces of draft and gravity through hands-on activities. 🚀 Mahalo to all who joined us!

Thank you to Jennifer Swanson Books for sharing your passion and knowledge with our local keiki!

Did you catch our two-part webinar series on the Battle of Midway in June?If not, check out our blog to watch Navy histo...
07/07/2021
Webinar: 2021 Battle of Midway Commemoration FAQs - Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

Did you catch our two-part webinar series on the Battle of Midway in June?

If not, check out our blog to watch Navy historian and author Jon Parshall and moderator General Dan "Fig" Leaf, Ret., discuss this epic battle and answer our viewers' most gripping questions.

https://www.pearlharboraviationmuseum.org/blog/webinar-2021-battle-of-midway-commemoration/

The epic Battle of Midway is considered to be one of the most defining moments of World War II. What…

Happy 4th of July! 🇺🇸 As we gather in town squares, backyard pools, neighborhood parks, and beaches this weekend, let us...
07/04/2021

Happy 4th of July! 🇺🇸

As we gather in town squares, backyard pools, neighborhood parks, and beaches this weekend, let us remember that our celebration of Independence Day is truly a celebration of the spirit of America, and the ideals we hold most dear: liberty, unity, and the hope for a brighter tomorrow.

#IndependenceDay #4thofJuly

Happy 4th of July! 🇺🇸

As we gather in town squares, backyard pools, neighborhood parks, and beaches this weekend, let us remember that our celebration of Independence Day is truly a celebration of the spirit of America, and the ideals we hold most dear: liberty, unity, and the hope for a brighter tomorrow.

#IndependenceDay #4thofJuly

06/30/2021
PHP Sponsors 'Sacrifice for Freedom Silent Heroes' Program

Sixteen student-teacher teams from across the mainland U.S., American Samoa and Hawaii took part in the second annual Sacrifice for Freedom: World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute, coordinated through National History Day.

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum was among the sponsors for this program that offered teams the opportunity to uncover the stories of individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom during WWII.

Students visited the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, including the USS Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri and Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, as well as the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, where they paid tribute to the silent hero they had chosen for the project.

Deep in Hangar 79, you’ll find the Museum’s restoration shop in its original World War II maintenance configuration. Thi...
06/30/2021

Deep in Hangar 79, you’ll find the Museum’s restoration shop in its original World War II maintenance configuration. This is where volunteers and staff like Mike Kang, pictured here, work to restore authentic aircraft from World War II and beyond.

Photo Credit: Jordyn Poyo

Deep in Hangar 79, you’ll find the Museum’s restoration shop in its original World War II maintenance configuration. This is where volunteers and staff like Mike Kang, pictured here, work to restore authentic aircraft from World War II and beyond.

Photo Credit: Jordyn Poyo

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 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

(808) 441-1000

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Sara Bear Drongesen
Love visiting this place when I’m visiting the islands.
From our friends of New Zealand Bring our Birds Home Donate to https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/savetheplane in order to preserve the last kiwi example 747-419 left on the planet.
Looking for more info on this photo taken by Grandfather, A. K. Young Sr. I believe it was shot sometime in Oct. 1941.
This photo was taken by my Grandfather, Alfred K. Young Sr., in Hawaii sometime around October of 1941. Any other info would be appreciated.
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.
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