The Commemorative Air Force Aircraft Museum (CAF), and presenting sponsor Hensley and Company invite you to take a Sentimental Journey back to 1943 with "A Night in the 40's” Big Band Dance.  This glamorous event features a WW II 1940's Musical Show followed by a Big Band Orchestra playing sounds of the era to dancing men and women dressed in period styles - all in the shadow of the vintage B-17 WW II Flying Fortress bomber "Sentimental Journey"!

Besides being a nostalgic journey back in time, “A Night in the 40's” benefits a worthwhile cause — a fund raiser for the CAF Aircraft Museum, 2017 N. Greenfield Rd at Mesa’s Falcon Field, NE corner of McKellips and Greenfield; an organization dedicated to keeping aviation history alive for current and future generations.

“A Night in the 40’s” will be held Saturday, March 20; with doors opening at 4:30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed in the style of the 40s. Danny Davis from AM 1230 KOY will be the Master of Ceremonies.  Entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. with The Kathy Donald Jazz Ensemble a 1940’s Musical Show with singers and a professional trio of piano, bass, and drums, featuring Kathy Donald, formerly of Art Royer's USO Show. At 7:30 p.m., swing time kicks in featuring the Sun Lakes Big Band Orchestra playing favorite Big Band Music from the war years. There will also be a costume contest for the best-dressed 1940’s costume and swing dance contest. So come dressed in the styles of the 40s and a swing to the music. You can also have the opportunity to have you or your group photographed in front of the B-17 Sentimental Journey.

Food and refreshments will be sold at the event including a barbeque plate.  Tickets for “A Night in the 40’s” are $35 per person purchased in advance and $40 per person the day of the dance. Tickets can be purchased at the Commemorative Air force Arizona Wing Aircraft Museum, 2017 N. Greenfield Rd. or online at For further information call (480) 924-1940 or visit the Night in the 40s website at Checks should be made payable to The Arizona Wing CAF; VISA and Master Card are also accepted. All admission fees and donations are fully tax deductible as the Commemorative Air Force Aircraft Museum is approved under IRS code 501 (C)3.

"This is a great opportunity to recapture one of the most important and nostalgic times in our history," said Francois Bergeon, publicity Arizona Wing member and Dance Chairman.  “Events like these pay special tribute to all those who fought for freedom during WW II and allow us to look back on that piece of our past." "The generous support from our sponsors demonstrates that they take an interest in the efforts of community events like the Night in the 40s Dance and helping a volunteer organization like the Arizona Wing preserve our history for future generations. The Arizona Wing greatly appreciates the help from our sponsors". Night in the 40s sponsors include Hensley and Company, Taylor Rays, AM 1230 KOY and Alpha Creations Awards.

The CAF Aircraft Museum is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization supported only by membership dues, private donations and fund-raising events such as “A Night in the 40’s”. No government funding or support is provided.

For additional information on the Commemorative Air Force Aircraft Museum visit their website at