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“A New Appreciation for the Army Air Corp in WWII”

Commemorative Air Force Museum
Ranked #1 of 69 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 February 7, 2017

You can walk in the hangar where they are restoring old planes. You can walk through a B-17 and find out cool facts that give you a new outlook on what the men and women whole flew for our military had to endure. This is a great place to visit. They have many, many planes on exhibit, inside and outside. You can even reseve a day and time to take a flight in many of the planes, even the B-17. I was born and raised in the Air Force and never knew many of the things from this era. The docents are experts in aviation. Ours was a retired 747 commercial pilot with military training. You have to put this attraction on your visit.

Thank frbranson
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"falcon field"
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"flying fortress"
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"wwii planes"
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"great collection"
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Reviewed February 4, 2017 via mobile

I really liked this place . If you are interested in old and newer airplanes like I am this is the place for you . You are able to go in the hanger and inside a Lancaster bomber and get up close and personal. If you give you email to them they will sent newsletters every once in a while. The hanger has smells in it that just want to make you volunteer. A good place to go . Admission is reasonable.

Thank Ernie W
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Reviewed February 2, 2017

Got to get into the B-17 bomber and check it all out, hard to believe the nerve the guys in WW2 had. They also have a B-25 Mitchell on display. and a couple of dozen other old planes. We spent 3-4 hours there and it is very interesting.

Thank Jon M
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Reviewed January 31, 2017

We learned so many interesting facts about the planes, where they fought, and how they were made to last 100 hours!

Thank Lindahikes
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Reviewed January 26, 2017

The volunteers were so friendly and knowledgeable. So much to see and experience here. We would have loved to have booked a flight in one of the planes but it wasn't ideal weather on the day we visited (rain and wind).

My son especially loved the area where they were working on the planes. If you love airplanes this is definitely worth the visit. We were staying in Scottsdale so it was a bit of a drive but we are so glad we went. There is a great little gift shop. Parking is free.

Thank Jennifer R
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