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AAA Editor Notes
Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is at 319 Lexington Blvd. in Hangar 37 on Ford Island; shuttle buses provide transportation from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. World War II aircraft and artifacts from the Pacific are showcased in a 42,000-square-foot former seaplane hangar that weathered the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Upon arrival visitors step back in time to December 7, 1941, the date of the Pearl Harbor bombing. Film footage shown in a 200-seat theater; a P-40 fighter; a diorama of a Japanese Zero aboard a carrier; an exhibit about a Japanese Zero that crash landed on Ni‘ihau; and a damaged civilian plane create an impressive portrait of the momentous event.

Several aircraft displays help re-create other significant World War II happenings. Highlights include a B-25B characteristic of those used during the Doolittle Raid; a Guadalcanal diorama featuring a Grumman Wildcat; an SBD Dauntless dive bomber representing the Battle of Midway; and a Stearman N2S-3 training plane flown by President George H.W. Bush.

The Aviator's Tour explores hangars 37 and 79, in addition to a rebuilt aircraft service unit where planes are restored. Flight simulators let visitors test their own piloting skills.

Note: Bags are not permitted on the trolleys. Tickets are sold at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

Food is available. Time: Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.

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