Hangar 37 on historic Ford Island in Honolulu, HI, is notable not only for its present but its past. Now home to part of the collection of Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, it’s a fascinating place for people visiting Hawaii to see historic aircraft. But the planes aren’t the only attraction — the building itself is a part of history, and it’s hosting a series of special events to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The History Of Hangar 37 At Pearl Harbor
The exhibits at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor are on display in two restored airplane hangars that survived the 1941 attack. Hangar 37, which housed seaplanes, was the first building to undergo restoration. At 42,000 square feet, it now is home to a 200-seat theater where museum visitors can start their tour by watching a 12-minute movie containing historic footage of that fateful day, narrated by survivors.
After the movie, guests enter the exhibit space to see various World War II attractions, including an authentic Japanese Zero and a civilian plane that was shot down during the initial attack. Museum visitors also will find the Stearman that George H.W. Bush flew, a B-25B Mitchell bomber, and an SBD Dauntless dive bomber. Seeing these relics in a hangar that was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941, makes the experience even more poignant and humbling.
As part of Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, Hangar 37 now comprises a gift shop, cafe, and flight simulators along with its aircraft exhibits. The combat flight simulators give visitors a sense of what it was like to be a fighter pilot during the battles that followed the attack.
If you want to learn more about the attack that initiated America’s entry into World War II, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor in Honolulu is an ideal destination. Visit their website to learn more about the historic military aircraft and other World War II attractions you can see at this aviation Museum while visiting Hawaii.