Chinese “National Memories” Exhibit, now through July 31. Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is the first stop of the “National Memories” 2015 United States tour. The exhibit, which first went on display in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen in 2010, has toured Mainland China and Taiwan. Through the use of imagery and more than 100 historic photos taken by the 164th US Signal Photo Company in the China Burma India Theater, “National Memories” brings to life the camaraderie that existed between Chinese and U.S. soldiers during World War II. The Museum’s permanent “Flying Tigers Exhibit” featuring a WWII-era P-40 aircraft, anchors the photographic display. Exhibit open through July 31, in Hangar 79. Free with Museum admission and free to Museum Members.
July 24th – Happy Birthday, Amelia Earhart! Visitors are invited to celebrate Amelia Earhart’s 118th birthday. The Museum fronts Luke Field/Ford Island Runway on Ford Island, where Ms. Earhart ground looped her Lockheed Electra on takeoff March 20, 1937, while attempting her Round-the-World Flight. Visitors will enjoy cake, juice, and a look at our “Amelia Earhart in Hawaii” Photo Exhibit. Free admission to families with at least one person dressed in Amelia or historical aviation attire. Board the free Ford Island shuttle at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Amelia Look Alike Contest for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, place prizes will happen at 1pm.
August 15th & 16th – Biggest Little Airshow in Hawaii. 10am to 4pm, the Museum’s 7th Remote Control Airshow. Visitors will be able to drive on to Ford Island and experience over 100 remote control 1/5th scale warbirds, jets, and helicopters performing aerial combat, stunts, and aerobatics. Actual aircraft flyovers, military fly ins, aircraft static displays, hangar tours, and enter to win prize drawings. Food, drink, retail and entertainment booths, exhibits, and a ride and games Kids Zone. Sponsors, exhibitors and vendors are invited to participate. For more information including sponsorship and booth opportunities, call 808-441-1013 or 808-445-9069.
September 26th – Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! Free admission to Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor for anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! Ticket. Download free tickets at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/. This is an annual national celebration of culture and learning between the two museums. Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a Smithsonian Affiliate and ranked one of the nation’s top 10 aviation attractions by TripAdvisor®.
October 3rd – Open Cockpit Day. 10:30am to 3pm in Hangar 79. Climb into the cockpit of one of several of our historic aircraft and talk story with pilots. Flight suits, helmets, and fun provided. Bring your camera! Free with Museum admission and free to Museum Members.
October 6th ~ 8th – Explorers Club. 9am to 4pm. A 3-day STEM experience for 3rd through 5th graders. Students explore topics in science, technology, engineering and math plus flight simulation programs. Participation is $175 ($155 Museum Members) and includes all program materials, meals, snacks, and T-shirt. To register, call 808-445-9137.
December 5th – Ninth Anniversary Dinner Gala: “For Love of Country,” 5:30 to 10:00pm. The annual fundraiser to help support the Museum’s Restoration and Education programs includes cocktails, dinner, entertainment, and auction. Guests will get a first look at newly restored aircraft fresh out of Lt. Ted Shealy’s Restoration Shop, and the one and only B-17E Swamp Ghost Exhibit. Information, sponsor tables & tickets, call 808-441-1006.
December 6th – Honoring the 74th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor. Blackened Canteen Ceremony hosted by Dr. Hiroya Sugano M.D. aboard the USS Arizona, 7:30am. Dr. Hiroya Sugano, Director General of the Zero Fighter Admirers’ Club, comes from Japan to conduct this annual commemoration of peace and reconciliation ceremony with a silent prayer and pouring bourbon whisky from a WWII-blackened canteen into the water from the USS Arizona Memorial as an offering to the spirits of the fallen. The public and press are invited on a first come, first served basis.
The Museum Store and Laniakea Café restaurant are unique in their offerings and their 1940s ambiance. Phone (808) 441-1000 or visit PacificAviationMuseum.org for Museum tickets and more information. Discounted General Admission and Aviator’s Tour tickets and a free Flight Simulator coupon are available online.
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is located on Historic Ford Island, where the first bombs fell at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Remnants from that “date of infamy” surround the Museum and have been left intact—from the 158-foot tall Ford Island Field Control Tower where the first radio alert of the attack was broadcast, to the bullet-riddled holes in Hangar 79 and along the runway. Through its preservation and restoration of World War II aircraft and accompanying artifacts in the Museum’s historic Hangars 37 and 79, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor shares the often untold story of the vital role aviation played in America’s winning of World War II, and its continuing role in maintaining America’s freedom.
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that depends on membership and donations for support. A Smithsonian Affiliate, it is rated one of the top 10 aviation attractions nationally by TripAdvisor®. It is located at 319 Lexington Boulevard, Historic Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818. 808-441-1000.