PB2Y-5R Coronado

The museum’s airplane is one of a select number of Coronados use by  high-ranking officers and features a plush interior and all of the conveniences possible in an airplane of the era.  This airplane transported members of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz’s staff to the surrender ceremonies ending World War II, becoming one of the first American airplanes to land in Tokyo Bay.  Before its donation to the museum, billionaire aviator and Hollywood mogul Howard Hughes owned the airplane.