Monday, 20 April 2015

Hawaii Part 5

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Is located on Historic Ford Island, two hangars and the Ford Island Control Tower that still bear the scars of the US nation's aviation battlefield.

 I found this a great place to visit, just being on the airfield which was attacked was an eerie feeling.

Combined a visit to The Arizona Memorial, USS Missouri and USS Bowfin with a visit to this very interesting collection of aircraft. First stop was the excellent cafe, followed by the main display hall featuring the Dauntless, Zero, Mitchell etc. - all well lit and, generally, imaginatively displayed.
A short walk, to the second, larger display hanger - featured here are mostly more modern aircraft, F-111, F-15, F-100, as well as a variety of helicopters, such as the Sea King, Sea Hawk and Sea Stallion. There are also aircraft under restoration, one of the highlights must be the B-17 recovered from a swamp in New Guinea. There is an outdoor area too, with further aircraft available to view - an F-14 Tomcat, F-4 Phantom, Sabre, Delta Dagger etc - some have clearly been repainted recently, whilst others await restoration. Overall, a very interesting visit, with friendly staff.

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