US Aircraft


Aerial Photography During Wartime

By: Mark Loproto

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... Read More

World War II Aircraft: North American T-6 Texan

By: Mark Loproto

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... Read More

World War II Aircraft: Douglas C-47 Skytrain

By: Mark Loproto

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... Read More

An Unarmed Warplane: Boeing Stearman Model 75

By: Mark Loproto

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... Read More

Beyond Torpedoes and Bombs: What is Strafing?

By: Mark Loproto

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... Read More

Learning About the Military Airfields of Oahu

By: Mark Loproto

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... Read More

Pacific Aviation Museum’s Hangar 37

By: Mark Loproto

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... Read More

Pearl Harbor Defender: Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

By: Mark Loproto

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.... Read More

The Grumman TBF Avenger: The Bomber That Changed the War

By: Mark Loproto

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... Read More

Iconic Aircraft of World War II

By: Mark Loproto

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... Read More

The American Aircraft of Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

At 0755 on December 7th, 1941, a striking force of Japanese fighters and bombers flew into Pearl Harbor and decimated the naval base and outlying air fields. The attack came... Read More

The B-24J-155-CO Memorial

By: Mark Loproto

It’s highly recommended that anyone who travels to Oahu take a day out of their schedule of fun in the sun to visit the World War II Valor in the... Read More

The Pacific Aviation Museum: Going Beyond Pearl Harbor

By: Mark Loproto

When you arrive at Pearl Harbor to experience the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and the other Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, you probably already know that... Read More

Commemorating the Battle of Midway

By: Mark Loproto

Over 75 years ago, the United States suffered one of the most devastating attacks on its soil. In the wake of the attacks, after being drawn into a war it... Read More

Pearl Harbor by the Numbers

By: Mark Loproto

Sometimes it’s difficult to get a true feel for the scope of an event without concrete numbers to back up the information and make it come to life. You already... Read More

The PBY Catalina: The American Flying Boat

By: Mark Loproto

While a multitude of aircraft took part in the action, there was one class of plane that may very well be the most-recognized of all World War II flying machines.... Read More

The Mystery of the Sunken PBY-5 Flying Boat

By: Mark Loproto

At the onset of the attack on Pearl Harbor, American sailors stationed at the naval base were quick to react to the sounds of gunfire and explosions echoing from Battleship... Read More

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