Climb Aboard History

Experience the Flight of a Lifetime

Based at Falcon Field in Mesa, AZ, these beautiful airplanes fly through the cooler months of the year around the  Superstition Mountains or a tour stop not too far from home. During the summer months we take our bombers to different parts of the country so thousands of guests can get up close and personal, and even have the chance to fly in the planes.

All of our warbird rides follow the same format, unless otherwise noted. Please plan on arriving to the facility (or the airport where the planes are visiting) at least one hour before your scheduled flight time.

  • Pre-boarding: 1/2 to 1 hour before take-off; crew/passenger briefing and paperwork
  • Boarding: Passenger placement, seat belt check (5 minutes)
  • Engine start-up/Run-up: Before take off, run-up of engines and taxi to active runway (10 minutes)
  • Flight time (in air): Aerial tour lasting about 20-25 minutes (*times vary for the Stearman; see below)
  • Landing/Taxi/Engine shut down: Safe return back to base and taxi back to the area where you boarded the plane (5 minutes)
  • Disembark: Once the plane is secure and the crew has opened the exit(s)
  • Total Time on Board: Your entire experience is expected to last about 40-45 minutes

Tour Schedule

During the Winter schedule, all rides are based out of Mesa, or from stops that are based around Arizona. Please contact our Ride Coordinator at the information below for the latest aircraft availability.

Ride Coordinator

Please contact our Ride Coordinator for all flights based out of Mesa, AZ at the contact options below:

By phone: 602-448-2350
By email: rides@azcaf.org

Before you Fly

Every passenger must have a Hold Harmless agreement on file with the AZCAF (provided when you arrive for your flight).

Minors that fly (age 12-17) must have the Hold Harmless notarized prior to arriving for your flight. Download a Hold Harmless Agreement for Minors here

B-17G Flying Fortress

Boeing B-17 Sentimental Journey Ride Details:

Climb aboard the legendary B-17 bomber that became known as WWII’s Flying Fortress for a flight that will truly take you back in time. The price for this historic flight is only $425 per waist seat ($850 for nose seats), minimum of five passengers need to be signed up per flight.

As passengers prepare for their flight, a quick tour of the plane will show where each of the 10 crew members were stationed. Passengers will then board and be seated in either the forward section (nose) or aft section (radio room/waist gunners).

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B-17G Sentimental Journey Ride Info
Number of Passengers Up to 8 (2 in the nose, 3 in the radio room behind bomb bay, 3 in waist gunner section)
Price $850 for the nose, $425 for radio room/waist gunners
Accessibility Must be able to climb ladder and crawl into nose or ascend 4 steps into rear of plane
Ear Protection Ear plugs (provided or bring your own)
Flight Intensity Low (typically less than commercial airliner)

B-25J Mitchell

North American B-25 Maid in the Shade Ride Details:

Since her restoration completed in May of 2009, and her historic flight took place, we have been working hard to make Maid in the Shade certified for revenue rides. We are very proud to now offer rides! Pricing per person is as follows: $395 in the waist, $650 in the front (jump seat behind cockpit with access to the nose/bombardier during flight)

Warbird Ride B-25 Arizona Wing CAF

B-25 Maid in the Shade Ride Info
Number of Passengers Up to 7 (3 in the front, 4 in aft section)
Price $650 for jump seat behind cockpit with access to the nose
$395 for aft fuselage
Accessibility Must be able to climb ladder and into front and aft sections
Ear Protection Ear plugs (provided or bring your own)
Flight Intensity Medium (similar to commercial airliner; may feel low G-forces on turns/banks)

C-47 Skytrain

Douglas C-47 Old Number 30 Ride Details:

This incredible C-47 has more documented WWII combat sorties than any known aircraft in the CAF! This veteran was assigned to the 60th Troop Carrier Group and spent two years in the Mediterranean theater participating in dozens of operations, many of them classified and behind enemy lines.

From delivering spies and supplies – to rescuing wounded and refugees ‘Old Number 30s’ heroic missions were lost to history until now. You can experience an authentic mission briefing and go on a guided flight honoring the courage of these American airmen. Price (per person) is $250.
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C-47 Ride Info
Number of Passengers Up to 12
Price $150 per person
Accessibility Must be able to climb steps into the fuselage
Ear Protection Ear plugs (provided or bring your own)
Flight Intensity Low (typically less than commercial airliner)

C-45 Expeditor

Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor/Model 18 Ride Details:

You and your friends can take a scenic ride in our C-45 WW II transport and view our majestic Southwestern scenery. The price for this Warbird ride is only $550 per group (up to five people).

Warbird Ride C-45 Arizona Wing CAF

C-45 Expeditor Ride Info
Number of Passengers Up to 5 (2 rows of 2, plus 1 in cockpit)
Price $550 for a group of 5
Accessibility Must be able to ascend steps into fuselage
Ear Protection Ear plugs (provided or bring your own)
Flight Intensity Low (typical to small commercial aircraft)

SNJ/T-6 Texan

SNJ/T-6 Texan Ride Details:

Take a flight in the legendary trainer of WW II. Our aviators were taught how to fly in the same type of trainer. This is a true Warbird ride that will take you back 50 plus years. The price for this Warbird ride is only $360 per person.

Warbird Ride SNJ Arizona Wing CAF

T-6 Texan/SNJ Ride Info
Number of Passengers 1 (behind pilot)
Price $360
Accessibility Must be able to climb onto wing and into cockpit
Ear Protection Headset (provided or bring your own)
Flight Intensity Medium – High (may feel strong G-forces; consult w/ pilot your comfort level)

PT-17 Stearman

Boeing PT-17 Stearman Ride Details:

Experience the thrill of an open cockpit flight in one of the most recognized trainers of all time, the PT-17 Boeing-Stearman! You and the pilot will embark on a 30 minute ride and have the opportunity to enjoy the experience of bi-plane flying.

WWII Army Air Corps Cadet Experience: 30 minute flight includes demonstration of primary training skills and thrills.
Cost: $300

Warbird Ride PT-17 Arizona Wing CAF

PT-17 Stearman Ride Info
Number of Passengers 1 (in front of pilot)
Price $300
Accessibility Must be able to climb into cockpit; total passenger and pilot weight not to exceed 450 lbs.
Ear Protection Headset (provided or bring your own)
Flight Intensity Medium ( Top Gun experience may incur G-forces; consult w/ pilot your comfort level)

L-16 Grasshopper

Aeronca L-16 Grasshopper Ride Details:

The L-16 has seen roles from teaching primary students to fly all across the US, target-spotting, observation, general utility, and search & rescue. A great way to see our majestic Southwest scenery. The price for this warbird ride is just $95.

Warbird Ride L-16 Arizona Wing CAF

L-16 Grasshopper Ride Info
Number of Passengers 1 (behind pilot)
Price $95
Accessibility Must be able to climb into cockpit; total passenger and pilot weight not to exceed 450 lbs.
Ear Protection Headset (provided or bring your own)
Flight Intensity Low (similar to Cessna 172)

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