Like smashing a snow globe against your forehead, tours can open up a fascinating new world right before your eyes. Go beyond the surface with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $39 for a two-hour Aviator's Tour and 30-minute combat simulator flight for two people (up to an $80 value)
- $50 for an annual family pass for two adults and up to four children (a $100 value), which grants free admission to the museum's exhibits and lecture series
- $75 for a two-hour Aviator's Tour and 30-minute combat simulator flight for four people (up to a $160 value)
Knowledgeable docents walk sightseers through Hangar 37, which contains a fleet of authentic fighter planes, and Hangar 79, which still bears scars from the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Tour-goers then fix their eyes on a 1940s-style carrier-aircraft-service unit before strapping into a combat flight simulator to defend the skies above Guadalcanal from virtual intruders.
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
The servicemen of Pearl Harbor's naval base were taking some much-needed R&R between early-morning repairs inside Hangar 37 when suddenly they heard a buzzing overhead. With the humming of their own planes and battleships periodically filling the air, this rapidly approaching sound wasn't foreign to their ears, but this instance proved to be drastically different. Thunderous explosions soon overtook Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona struggled to stay afloat as the Imperial Japanese Navy delivered a surprise military strike, which resulted in one of the most devastating attacks on American soil. With a mission to preserve the history of this tragic event, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor opened that very same hangar to the public, hundreds of feet from where ships burned and men courageously fought more than 70 years ago.
Hangar 37's 42,000-square-foot space currently houses many of the museum's artifacts, which include a World War II–era B-25B bomber, Japanese Zero, and naval planes such as the SBD Dauntless. Also open to the public, Hangar 79 displays the actual bullet holes that pierced its windows during the attack, while an authentic WWII maintenance shop contains an exhibit that explains how planes ran on Lucky Strike cigarette materials. Visitors can experience the museum's ever-evolving collection of exhibits––which has included segments dedicated to the Korean War's MiG Alley and the Flying Tigers––through guided tours in both hangars and submerse themselves in the virtual world of the museum's combat flight simulator.