Commemorative Air Force Museum

Commemorative Air Force Museum, Mesa

Commemorative Air Force Museum

Commemorative Air Force Museum
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Airbase Arizona Flying Museum is one of Phoenix’s top-rated attractions. You can learn how airplanes were used throughout the history of combat and feel the radial engines on our Warbirds rumble as they come to life. Our museum is home to authentic war artifacts and hundreds of exhibits that chronicle the stories of people who rose to meet extraordinary challenges. Climb aboard one of the rarest B-17 Bombers in the world, “Sentimental Journey,” or better yet, book a once-in-a-lifetime ride on any of our six flying WWII airplanes. Our friendly, knowledgeable docents will bring to life the tales of combat heroes like the Tuskegee Airmen and Women Air Service Pilots who overcame tremendous obstacles to serve our country. Watch aircraft mechanics at work and then stop by our PX Museum Gift Store for unique gifts and war memorabilia. As an educational non-profit 501(c)3, we are a great place for children to learn about the history that has shaped the United States.
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Maria Granic
5 contributions
Apr 2022
I took my 4-year-old son to the museum, and we both enjoyed it tremendously. The curators were very knowledgeable and very friendly, and my son had fun interacting with them. His favorite part was 'flying' the children's toy airplanes and seeing airplanes land nearby. For those who have war veterans in the family, it can be gripping. Overall, a great experience.
Written June 11, 2022
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llittle
Alamogordo, NM285 contributions
Dec 2021
the personal tour by Mike. on December 10th after lunch we caught a slow time, and even though there was only 3 in our group, Mike offered a guided tour . it was one of the most informative and interesting tours i have ever taken[and i have taken a lot of tours in a lot of museums in my 77 years.] there is a great variety of beautifully restored planes and many other items. i have been here before and had been inside the B-17, but my friends went through, don't miss this, as you see the conditions our WWII pilots and crews fought in.
Written December 22, 2021
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Beth43323
Minneapolis, MN76 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
This was an active place on Sat morning when we saw two WW2 bombers take off on excursion flights. My husband, a GA pilot, enjoyed seeing these flight-worthy planes and hearing their engines. Many volunteer docents that provide more info and context. Nice videos and info signage.
Written March 23, 2022
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Oliver S
New York City, NY11,120 contributions
Jan 2020
It’s not a big museum, but it’s well worth visiting. The docents are all very knowledgeable and friendly, they have all kinds of stories, our guide, Jim, never stopped talking and both educated and entertained us. There are planes from WWI to today, pictures are allowed everywhere. We got lucky to see an exercise of flights in formation. A must, if you have any interest in aviation and or history.
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Written January 16, 2020
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mavarick2018
Tacoma, WA81 contributions
Apr 2021
This is just one of them great finds that you stumble across when visiting an area you're not familiar with. I've been to a lot of places with great displays but this place really personalizes the entire visit for you. They may not have the largest collection but believe me when I say they let you get up close and personal to each and every plane. The volunteers that give the tours here are extremely knowledgeable about everything and are happy to discuss it all with you. The repair hanger where they restore the planes also lets you get up close to the guys that work on them and inside the planes as well. Nothing here is off limits like some museums that have most everything roped off. If you are a history buff or just like looking at planes and helicopters you absolutely have to stop in here. The admission prices are great and it's an experience you won't soon forget.
Written April 22, 2021
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Eric K
Papillion, NE204 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
I happened across this great air museum while I was in Mesa. What a treat. I was greeted inside the hanger by a very friendly and well informed volunteer. He was willing to take his time to explain the origin and purpose of the museum and that was very helpful.

The cool thing about this museum is that there are several WWII planes that are still in working condition. I was about to talk to a pilot that had flown the morning of my visit.

The maintenance hanger is open to the public and it was special to see so many dedicated volunteers working to preserve these great planes.

Well worth the visit.
Written January 30, 2020
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Brenda S
Phoenix, AZ22 contributions
Feb 2020
The Commemorative Air Force Museum has an amazing collection of historic plans and helicopters. Everyone there has a passion for these air craft and it shows in how well they preserve each plan, the level of detail of the displays, and the fun events they plan. Can't wait to book a flight on one! A wonderful place to visit!!
Written February 11, 2020
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LilysueCEO
92 contributions
Jan 2020
This is a wonderful air museum with so many beautiful planes from a bygone era. There are so many interesting people to talk with and the volunteers that work here are fabulous. There are planes both inside and outside and there are a couple of planes that you can crawl up into so you get the feel of what it was like for the guys in these planes during WWII. I absolutely love this place.
Written March 5, 2020
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deschneider
Regina, Canada9 contributions
Mar 2020
It all starts when you pull into the parking lot, an see the planes on the outdoor displays. The quality and restoration of these older aircraft is unbelievable. The information contained in the standing displays is over whelming. They have staff (volunteers) who know the history and can answer any question you have.
Written March 20, 2020
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jayw760
Charlotte, NC186 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
A large hanger with military aircraft from WW I thru Vietnam. Hour long tours are given with knowledgeable volunteers. A second area houses the repair and restoration hanger. Two operational WW II bombers may be on display, however in September 2021 the two were out on tour.
Written September 11, 2021
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