May 17, 2021

#MuseumMonday - Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum, Mesa AZ

Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum: 100 Years of U.S. Military Aviation. Celebrating 42 years in Mesa, Arizona, we're a proud Blue Star Family Museum and affiliate of the Smithsonian.

Located at Falcon Field Airport in North/Central Mesa, the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum is an aviation mecca. For the education and enjoyment of present and future generations of Americans, our fleet of historic aircraft recreate, remind, and reinforce the lessons learned from the defining moments in American military aviation history. Home to: B-17G "Sentimental Journey," B-25J "Maid in the Shade," as well as a SNJ, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota, C-45 Expeditor, PT-17 Stearman, and an L-16 Grasshopper.
Open Wednesday – Saturday, 10am-4pm

2021 Spring Scenic Night Flights of the Valley
The Airbase Arizona Flying Museum is offering two spectacular scenic night flights in May, which offer unique and inspiring views of the Valley of the Sun at night, including cityscapes and desert. The flight will take place in a historic C-47 Skytrain, that once dropped a paratrooper assault on Sicily during World War II. The desert camouflage aircraft will launch from historic Falcon Field in Mesa after passenger processing and flight briefing. Passengers should plan on spending one to two hours at the Airbase, including the flight.

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Mark your calendars for October 30, 2021 for the Annual Vintage Wings & Wheels Car Show, from 10am-3pm

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

Cockpit Tours: Every Friday at 11 am & 1 pm get a hands-on WWII aviation experience inside a cockpit for $10 more

Warbird Flight: Go on a warbird flight for the experience of a lifetime. See schedule on website for availability

Kid's Activities: Get a free Adventure Hunt with every child admission (ages 6-11) for an expedition in history using a clue sheet

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SPECIALS

Unlimited admissions to Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum for the pass holder plus one guest, including most daytime events. The pass is effective for one year from the date of purchase.

EXHIBITS

Pearl Harbor: Come and see the expanding exhibit area for the USS Arizona relic display and overview of battleship row in flames from the Dec. 7, 1941, attack that brought the U.S. into WWII.

Sacred Steel
: Features the recovered USS Arizona bulkhead section suspended in a specially-welded frame revealing all sides of the relic. Visitors will be able to walk around and contemplate the significance of the ‘Sacred Steel’ for its place in history and for the determination it inspired that led to Victory in World War Two.
The Bulkhead section from sunken battleship USS Arizona on display – the 450-pound slab of half-inch steel went down with the ship during the Pearl Harbor attack. Over 1,100 crewmen lost their lives and remain entombed today. The artifact is Sacred Steel, memorializing all those who lost their lives in the Pearl Harbor attack, and symbolizing the rising up of the nation to overcome impossible odds to achieve victory in WWII.

Bombardiers: Learn about the pivotal role bombardiers played in WWII by operating the top-secret Norden bombsight on thousands of missions against the Axis powers. The story is told from the journals and mission reports of B-17 Flying Fortress Bombardier Lt. Allen Buchanan of the 401st Bomb Group.

• Cobra attack helicopter on display alongside Huey gunship!
• MiG-15 North Korean aircraft restoration completed!
• Medal of Honor recipient James Stockdale memorial exhibit refurbished!
• Flying Tigers exhibit expanded – most famous air combat unit in WWII story told! Story of Chinese pilots trained in Arizona included!
• Doolittle Raiders exhibit updated!
• B-17 ‘Chowhound’ nose section recovered from France crash site – extended exhibit loaned from the Mighty Eighth Museum in Georgia!
• B-24 air gunner at Truk Lagoon – SSgt John Hicks story!

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