Pan Am's TV Season May Be Over, But Retro Travel Lives On at the Pacific Aviation Museum
February 22, 2012 at 8:34 AM
The first season of ABC’s retro travel drama Pan Am is long over (as of a few days ago), but you might just be able to get your Pan Am fix out in Hawaii. Take a break from all the swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing and schedule a little time to visit the Pacific Aviation Museum on the island of Oahu. Located within Pearl Harbor on Ford Island, the museum has everything and anything when it comes to historic military and civilian air travel as it applies to the region.
It’s probably worth a visit any day of the week, but what we’re most interested in is the new Pan Am exhibit called “Come Fly With Me.” The exhibit has been up and running since late last year, and the opening coincides with the 75th anniversary of Pan Am’s first flights to and from the islands. There’s plenty of memorabilia on hand—remember, look but don’t touch—from both the airline’s propeller days and the jet age. Museum officials are hoping that the exhibit will continue to evolve as more and more donations are acquired, and the museum is able to gobble up additional Pan Am goodies.
There’s no full-size Pan Am Boeing Clippers within the museum’s hangars just yet, but they do have the maintenance manual from a Boeing 314 China Clipper—that’s a start. However, the museum does have plenty of other aircraft hanging out, like a Boeing N2S-3 Stearman and a Curtis P-40E Kittyhawk. There are even combat flight simulators when you can take the controls to defend against a potential attack.
A couple different admission options are kicking around depending how long you want to visit and how much you want to spend, but if you’re looking for a general overview of all their aviation goodies be prepared to shell out $20 a person.