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Photograph of the newly painted exterior of the Ford Island Control Tower.

Restoration of The Ford Island Control Tower

Pearl Harbor Historic Landmark Restored A silent witness to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Ford Island Control Tower at...

May 17, 2022
Ford Island Historic Control Tower

History of The Ford Island Control Tower

The Ford Island Control Tower at Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum bore witness to the attack on Pearl Harbor, looking over the Ford Island aviation battlefield that fateful morning...

April 20, 2022
Amelia Earhart smiling at the camera, old photograph.

Amelia Earheart and Hawaii

Aviatrix's record-breaking flight from Hawaii to California Trailblazing aviatrix Amelia Earhart and Hawaii have a record-breaking history together - from embarking on the first solo flight from Hawaii to California, to crash landing on Ford Island during her first attempt at flying around the world...

January 12, 2022
Photo of gift shop at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.

Pearl Harbor Gift Guide

Pearl Harbor and Aviation Themed Gifts for the Whole Family Help support Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum with your holiday purchases this year by purchasing the best Pearl Harbor and aviation themed gifts for the whole family in our Crazy Shirt collaboration, AmazonSmile, and in person at our gift store!

November 29, 2021
Photos of kids in halloween aviation costumes.

Our Picks For Your Best Halloween Costume

Aviation-Themed Halloween Costumes for the whole family Whether you are staying in or going out this Halloween, get in the spooky spirit and help support Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum by purchasing the perfect WWII or aviation themed Halloween costume on AmazonSmile!

October 8, 2021
Photograph of a museum exhibit with a piece of the USS Arizona.

Behind The Exhibit

A Piercing Blow: The Aerial Attack on the USS Arizona Exhibit Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is the permanent home to a relic of the USS Arizona, displayed within the A Piercing Blow: The Aerial Attack on the USS Arizona exhibit in historic Hangar 37...

September 30, 2021
Photograph of the Historic Sites building at PHAM.

How To Visit Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor is home to four incredible museums, monuments, and memorials that together tell the story of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that launched America into World War II...

August 12, 2021
Photograph of Boeing-Vertol CH-46E Sea Knight taking off.

Boeing-Vertol Ch-46E Sea Knight

The F/A-18 Hornet first flew in 1978 and first entered service with the US Marine Corps in 1983 and the US Navy in 1984. These aircraft replaced the aging fleets of F-4 Phantom II’s and A-7 Corsairs at the end of their service lives...

March 27, 2020
Photograph of the Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter on the tarmac.

Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter

It’s been a dilemma since the dawn of aerial combat — tiny, nimble and simple, or fast, brawny and expensive? In the 1950s, the U.S. Air Force, focused on stopping Soviet bombers...

March 26, 2020
Photograph of WWII aircraft Nakajima B5N “Kate”. Featured sitting on platform inside of exhibit with photo backdrop.

Nakajima B5N "Kate"

The first model of the Kate was the B5N1, and it had its operational debut during the conflict in China. It was used both as a torpedo plane and as a conventional bomber.

March 26, 2020
Sikorsky HH-34J Choctaw (ASW & Transport)

Sikorsky HH-34J Choctaw (ASW & Transport)

With its distinctive hump, the H-34 is one of the most recognizable helicopters. It was among the last of the piston-engine ones. In Algeria and Vietnam it pioneered new roles for helicopters in war: troop assault, gunship, and cargo hauling...

March 26, 2020
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De Havilland D-82A Tiger Moth

The Tiger Moth was to the British Commonwealth what the Boeing Stearman was to the United States—the plane that most pilot candidates first flew to begin their flight training or to end it if they did not have the “Right Stuff.”

May 16, 2018
Vintage black and white photograph of men working on fuel tank.

The Problem With Self-Sealing Fuel Tanks: Capacity, Not Weight

"The problem with self-sealing fuel tanks was that these rubber layers were an inch or thicker...

November 29, 2017
Photo of aircraft relic, degraded metal and studs can be seen under bright lighting.

Pearl Harbor: Thunderfish In The Sky

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum Japan's Type 91 Modification 2 Torpedo Fins at Pearl Harbor Key Points The Japanese had to modify their Type 91 Modification 2 aerial torpedoes for the Pearl Harbor attack...

December 28, 2015
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Superchargers and Turbochargers

An obvious way to get more engine power is to increase an engine’s displacement. Allison V-1710 engines at the beginning of the war had 1,700 cubic inches of capacity. They produced about 1,000 horsepower...

February 24, 2015
The Zero aircraft displayed at Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Restored aircraft with sunset backdrop behind it.

How Fast Was The Zero

Perspective When American pilots first encountered the Zero, they were stunned. The Zero had nearly complete initial dominance. This dominance is sometimes attributed to the A6M’s high speed...

April 9, 2012
Black and White photograph of the battleship West Virginia (BB-48) sailing.

Revenge of The Pearl Harbor Battleships

It is the final major day of the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Six America battleships slowly steam back and forth across the mouth of the Surigao Strait. Five are survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack...

June 13, 2011
Black and white photograph of WWII fighter plane on the tarmac.

Pearl Harbor: The Bombs of the Second Wave

Japanese Bombs and Torpedoes at Pearl Harbor On December 7, 1941, Japanese torpedoes and bombs devastated Hawaii’s warships and air fields...

December 23, 2010
P-40 Warhawks and Claire Chennault’s Flying Tigers (Pearl Harbor)

P-40 Warhawks and Claire Chennault’s Flying Tigers

This summer, FedEx will deliver a big package to Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum—a World War II P-40E Warhawk. FedEx inherited the P-40 when it purchased Flying Tiger Airlines. As you might expect, the aircraft is painted in the colors of the Flying Tigers...

May 20, 2010



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