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No trip to Hawaii is complete without spending some time in Pearl Harbor. There are four museums accessible to civilians at Pearl Harbor. The Arizona Memorial Museum and Pacific Submarine Museum are relatively small but have good exhibits. To get to the actual USS Arizona Memorial you board a tender operated by the US Navy and it takes about 10 minutes to get there. The Memorial itself was quite an emotional experience. To be in such a historically-significant place was very moving.
From there you go across to Ford Island, which is an active Navy base. The battleship USS Missouri is open to the public and the free guided tour is very good. From there you drive down the old Ford Island runway to get to the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. They have a huge array of exhibits, and is the only place in the world to have an original Japanese Zero, Kate, and Val on display. The Stearman biplane (one of the pics I sent) was flown by former US President George H W Bush on his first solo flight. The museums can be done self-toured or you can book a guided tour with transport, which is what we did.
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PS. I forgot the Doolittle Raid B-25 was on display. Reminds me that my GB18 build is STILL awaiting masking from early in the year!
GB18 - B-25B Mitchell (F-Toys), Beaufighter Mk VIc (Mark I), MC.200 Saetta (Sweet)
GB20 - AW.650-222 Argosy (MikroMir)
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