Museum Grounds on Ford Island, Pearl Harbor
Museum Site Layout
Restoration and Exhibit Plan
Hangar 79 is an 86,000-square-foot seaplane hangar. At each end, the hangar doors’ blue glass windows are still riddled with bullet holes left by the Japanese attack. During the war, it was an aircraft assembly and engine maintenance repair facility. It was filled with fighters, bombers, and patrol aircraft based in Pearl Harbor or en route to the front lines.
The Master Plan identifies Hangar 79 as the WWII display hangar. Exhibits will take visitors on a journey, from the attack on Pearl Harbor through all the major battles in the Pacific theater to the end of the war. From a nation challenged to support such an effort, to the stages of war and the significant battles, exhibits will introduce visitors to the personal stories of valor that defined our “Greatest Generation.”
Hangar 79 opened to the public in its “as is” state in 2008. Since that time, the Lt. Ted Shealy Restoration Shop, a working restoration shop, opened. It was funded by the family of a WWII veteran stationed in this very hangar. Inside the Ted Shealy Restoration Shop, staff and volunteers work to restore all acquired aircraft, returning these treasures to display quality to support future exhibits.
A favorite display hangar for the aviation enthusiast, today, this hangar houses a multitude of aircraft from WWII through the Korean, Vietnam, Iraqi and more current conflicts. Getting up close to these jets, helicopters, and fighter aircraft, and — in some cases — stepping into the cockpits, provide a unique museum experience. These aircraft will ultimately be displayed in Hangar 54, a hangar that will share post WWII history, as outlined in the Master Plan.