Pacific Aviation Museum: U.S. vs Japan

Field review by the editors.

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

In spite of its name, there's nothing pacific about the aviation at this museum, which devotes itself to the air war between the U.S. and Japan during World War II. Opened in late 2006, it has lots of high-end Bush-era military museum technology, including subsonic explosion effects that simulate the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and flight simulators that allow you to spend 20 minutes in aerial combat as either a U.S. Navy Wildcat or a Japanese Zero.

Speaking of Zeroes, the museum has two: one displayed on a full scale replica of a Japanese aircraft carrier flight deck, the other as a salvaged wreck that lay on the Hawaiian island of Ni'ihau for 65 years.

Pacific Aviation Museum: U.S. vs Japan

Address:
319 Lexington Blvd., Honolulu, Oahu, HI
Directions:
H1 exit 15A (Highway 99W Arizona Memorial). At the fourth stoplight turn left onto Kalaloa St. Drive to the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, and board the shuttle bus to the Museum.
Hours:
Daily 9 am - 5 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
808-441-1000
RA Rates:
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