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Aerial Photography During Wartime

November 17, 2018 ·  
If you’ve spent much time examining photography during wartime, you’ve likely happened upon images that were clearly taken from overhead. Nowadays, that's not a big deal. Technology has led to cameras being lightweight and compact, making it easy to snap photos no matter where you are. But think back to an earlier time, before the […]
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World War II Aircraft: North American T-6 Texan

October 22, 2018 ·  
Despite the desperate need for pilots after the outbreak of World War II, American servicemen didn’t just undergo a few hours of on-the-ground training before being allowed to take control of actual warplanes. They needed time in the cockpit of an actual aircraft, one that was basic but still provided them with hands-on experience with […]
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World War II Aircraft: Douglas C-47 Skytrain

August 31, 2018 ·  
As the threat of war in the Pacific loomed, the Douglas Aircraft Company took a look at its DC-3 fixed-wing propeller-driven civilian craft and saw the opportunity for a military version of the plane. The DC-3 first flew in 1935, but it would be another six years before the military version, known as the Douglas […]
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An Unarmed Warplane: Boeing Stearman Model 75

June 26, 2018 ·  
During a visit to the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor, visitors come across a plane that was pivotal during the 1930s and 1940s, in the time leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor and throughout the Second World War. Unlike the other models on display, this plane doesn’t appear to be ready for […]
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Beyond Torpedoes and Bombs: What is Strafing?

May 20, 2018 ·  
When learning about the details of the morning of December 7, 1941, when the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise attack on the United States Naval Base in Oahu, the focus is usually on the devastation caused by the bombs and torpedoes dropped by the attackers on the ships of Pearl Harbor. But there was […]
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Learning About the Military Airfields of Oahu

March 29, 2018 ·  
Toward the end of the First World War, the United States began to focus on strengthening its defense of the West Coast. Having had virtually no military presence in the Pacific in the lead-up to the war, the US began building a series of bases in the Territory of Hawaii. Here's the story of some […]
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Pacific Aviation Museum's Hangar 37

January 20, 2018 ·  
During the course of American aviation history, the aerial fleet of the US military has undergone vast changes to keep up with the changing demands of warfare. Aircraft that were once simple flying machines have evolved into complex and powerful planes capable of delivering deadly payloads that could level cities. The Pacific Aviation Museum at […]
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Pearl Harbor Defender: Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

January 02, 2018 ·  
Within Hangar 79 of the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island, visitors have a unique opportunity to see a warplane that once defended Pearl Harbor from the Japanese surprise attack. The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk on display is one of the more than 14,000 that were built during the course of World War II. One of […]
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The Grumman TBF Avenger: The Bomber That Changed the War

November 24, 2017 ·  
In 1935, the US Navy introduced a torpedo bomber that within just a few years would be obsolete. The Douglas TBD Devastator flew in the Battle of Midway and performed so poorly that, immediately after the battle had concluded, it was pulled from frontline service and replaced with a model introduced in August of 1941. […]
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Iconic Aircraft of World War II

October 02, 2017 ·  
Aerial combat played a huge part in the Second World War, including in the Pacific Theater, which unfolded across multiple islands. From this emphasis on aerial combat, several iconic aerial fighters emerged that were used widely and recognized for their power, speed, and reliability. There were many types of fighters that could be touted as […]
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