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Commemorative Air Force Museum
Ranked #1 of 64 things to do in Mesa
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Arizona Commemorative Air Force 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 seven 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed May 4, 2013

A wonderful little museum with excellent indoor displays. Extensive information on how this field was used during WWII. The jewel of the museum is a B-17 that still flies.

Thank psyprofpa
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

My retired father picked this as a day trip and I was game, but as it turns out I think I enjoyed it more than he did. The place is filled full with impressive and interesting air crafts & memorabilia, and it is immaculately "eat off the floor" clean. The volunteers are very helpful and knowledgeable and I believe they truly love the time they put into this place. The museum states that it does not receive any gov funds but the entry fee was very reasonable. In fact it's quite incredible all they offer on what must be meager means. Highlight... being able to go inside of a B17 that is currently being restored. I found very reasonable prices in the gift shop with fun items for both kids and adults. Overall I highly recommend this museum, more for older teens through adults. Also motor heads, war buffs and air plain buffs will love it. We were there approx 4 hours but you could easily make it through in less time. Note: the B17 is not always available.

Thank Chi-TownTJ
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

We went with a group and had a kind informative volunteer guide. He pointed out the highlights, told us the history, suggested what we might want to look at deeper on our own. There is quite a collection of WWII planes in great condition, and they even fly 7 of them. We got to get inside and explore the B17. I expecially enjoyed the disply on women WWII aviators.

Thank MarciaAnn
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

Its not really hidden, but I never knew what it was. Phenomenal history of aviation and the war. Great collection of planes and historical pieces.

Thank Richard C
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

We had a great time touring the warbird museum. B17 "sentimental Journey" a B-26, Several fighters, a C-47 and
cases of memorabilia. Nice static helicopter display. Reasonably priced museum shop. Located at SE corner of Falcon Field. Lots of old-timer aviation buffs and air crew are docents. Well worth the visit.

Thank slaterock1704
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