In a state rich in aviation tradition, museums dedicated to flight aren't uncommon, but when it comes to remembering our role in the forgotten war, some say Alaska is lacking.
Which is why in 2011, a group of aviation enthusiasts and historians led by Chuck Miller started Wings of Freedom, Alaska Flying Museum, a first of its kind World War II museum dedicated to the Aleutian campaign.
"It's one of the few places America was attacked on American soil," said Robert "cricket" Renner, Wings of Freedom, Alaska Flying Museum. "People know a lot about Pearl Harbor, but not really much about the Aleutian campaign."
Currently the museum is home to several fully restored world war two era planes -- including a 1941 BT-13, a 1943 AT-6D and a 1942 Japanese Zero, one of only five Zero's in the world that is fully operational and ready to fly.
"The Zero is really instrumental for helping America," Renner said. "The one that was captured in Alaska was really instrumental to helping America figure out how to fight and win against the Japanese Zero during World War II."
While the museum located at the Hanger.net hanger on Merrill Field is still expanding, Renner says it's doors are open to the public, with the hopes of sharing their passion for WWII warbirds.
"We enjoy flying these airplanes for obvious reasons," said Alex Roesch, Wings of Freedom, Alaska Flying Museum. "We also want to keep history alive, inspire youth to be involved with something like that and preserve history."
The museum is open to pubic by appointment and at 6 o'clock on Thursday evenings. They also offer the public a rare opportunity to fly in the WWII warbirds, prices range from $350 to $450 for a 30-minute flight.