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Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force

  • Arizona Wing Commemorative Air Force
  • Great display of historic aircraft
  • Mean looking aircraft

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Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force

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Title: Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force
Date: Summer (June - September): Tues to Sun from 9AM-3PM
Winter (October - May): Everyday from 10AM-4PM
Closed Thanksgiving,Christmas and New Years Day
Price: Adults (13+) $15
Kids (5-12) $5
Seniors (62+) $12
Kids Under 5 Always Free
Address: 2017 N Greenfield Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85215
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Highlights: The Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aviation Museum displays and flies a
variety of aircraft from WWI through Vietnam, including the most fully restored B-17 flying today
B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey, B-25, C-45, SNJ, F4 Phantom, Migs 15 and 21 and
other warbirds. Experience a flight back in time by taking a ride in the B-17, SNJ or C-45. The
Arizona wing's museum displays memorabilia from WWII and the Home Front through Vietnam
and includes uniforms, leather flight jackets, medals, photographs, and other artifacts obtained
through private donations. Special exhibits on display include Tuskegee Airmen, 8th Air Force,
The Flying Tigers and The China Burma India Theater plus a host of other exhibits.
Description: Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aviation Museum is located at Falcon Field
Airport on the corner of Greenfield and McKellips Road in Mesa. The Commemorative Air Force
Arizona Wing Aviation Museum displays and fly’s a variety of aircraft from WW I – Vietnam,
including the B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey, B-25, C-45, SNJ, F4 Phantom, Migs
and other warbirds. Experience a flight back with a warbird ride in the B-17, SNJ or C-45. On
display are authentic artifacts and memorabilia from WWII-Vietnam. Our unique facility boasts
30,000 sq.-ft. surrounded by combat aircraft from WWI-Vietnam plus gift shop.
Located at Falcon Field in Mesa, AZ, this museum is in close proximity to the now closed
Champlin Fighter Museum (Champlin exhibits were purchased and are now on display at the
Boeing Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA). While not nearly as extensive as the Champlin
museum used to be, it does have one important and very cool draw... the "Sentimental Journey",
a restored WWII era B-17.
What makes this B-17 special is that they allow you to get a taste of what it was like to be a
WWII airmen by climbing through the hatch and crawling through the very cramped interior of
the aircraft! It is an eye opening experience to get a taste of how brave these men used to be
as they loaded up for each bombing raid, knowing they would be traveling in those small, cold,
and dangerous conditions.
The remainder of the museum contains about a dozen other aircraft primarily from the WWII era
with a couple of Cold War jets (F-4 and MiG-21) thrown in for fun. There are a few very
interesting stories and biographies covering local Mesa WWII heroes on the walls and a few fun
exhibits covering the Women Air Service Pilots (WASP's), Doolittle Raiders, and the Tuskegee
Airmen. Otherwise, this is one of the smaller aircraft museums I've been to. It will take you
about two hours to see it all, although there were several volunteers working who probably
have a story or two to add about each exhibit.
Highlight: Walking across the 6 inch wide catwalk inside the "Sentimental Journey" with the
bomb-bay doors open. It is hard not to image what it must have been like flying above enemy
territory at 20,000 ft with enemy fighters and anti-aircraft artillery trying to kill you!

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Call 480-924-1940
Come visit us! 2017 N Greenfield Rd., Mesa, AZ - 85215,US

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