Mesa, Arizona: Commemorative Air Force Museum

Warbirds from World War II through the Cold War. For a price, you can take a ride in a B-17 bomber. Is that Hitler's bunker you see below in the Arizona desert? Imaginary bombs away!

Falcon Field Airport

Address:
2017 N. Greenfield Rd, Mesa, AZ
Directions:
Northeast side of town. On the northeast corner of N. Greenfield and E. McKellips Rd, which is on the southwest corner of Falcon Field Airport.
Hours:
Daily 10 am -4 pm; off-season W-Su 9 am - 3 pm. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
480-924-1940
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Confederate Air Force Museum

The Confederate Air Force has museums in both Texas and Arizona. The Mesa, AZ branch of the museum houses several restored (and operational) WWII aircraft. The highlight seems to the B-17 "Sentimental Journey" -- one of less than a dozen still flying in the world. The museum also houses the ONLY flying German HE-111 bomber in the world, in addition to several other WW-II ear planes.

The museum got its unusual name when someone painted "Confederate Air Force" on an old WW-II fighter four friends had purchased in Texas. The four liked the name and it stuck. They began to purchase WW-II planes in the 1960s when they learned that many were being scrapped. Today the Confederate Air Force is a world-wide non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving the last of the great WW-II planes left in existence.

[Greg Brown, 01/26/2001]

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