Below is just a sample of the many museum exhibits the Arizona Wing has to offer as you come out and enjoy our facility. But we can't put all our exhibits up here on the site, otherwise, we wouldn't be able to open our doors and charge people $10, right? So round up the family and bring everyone over to check out all our museum exhibits. There's also a good chance you'll get to see a restored warbird fly by!
Chow Hound Exhibit
Chow Hound Exhibit
On November 11, 2007, a new exhibit was dedicated to the B-17 Flying Fortress "Chow Hound" that was lost in action during WWII.
The exhibit contains one of the props and section of the wing panel, a model of "Chow Hound," a full sized tail of the bomber, and photos and posters honoring the crew members that were recovered in 2004 along with the history of the 91st Bomb Group.
It's difficult to acknowledge enemy accomplishments or products of the war, and still remain respectful to the human sacrifice experienced on both sides during the war. At our museum, we have a few representative aircraft from Soviet-era manufacturing, as well as a collection of German and Japanese artifacts from WWII.
Honoring the Fallen
Graveyard on foreign soil of those brave souls that did not
These overseas WWI and WWII cemeteries are the final resting place of men and women who never made it home. Their remains rest beneath foreign soil, their grave markers a symbolic sentinel reminding all of the freedom their sacrifices made possible. Nearly 125,000 American war dead rest in 24 overseas military cemeteries. And more than 94,000 others are memorialized on tablets of the missing, and memorial monuments and markers throughout the world. Commemorating the service, sacrifice, and achievements of veterans who have served in foreign lands is the responsibility of the American Battle Monuments Commission. Established by Congress in 1923, the agency is the guardian of America's overseas commemorative cemeteries and memorials.
Four of the remaining Tuskegee Airmen attend the opening of the new exhibit
On Saturday, February 9, 2008, the Arizona Wing opened a new exhibit titled "Triumph Over Adversity." It is dedicated to the black pioneers of aviation and to the officers and enlisted personnel of the Tuskegee Airmen who served during WWII. This is in recognition of the positive experience, the outstanding record of accomplishment and the superb behavior of all black airmen, especially those of the 99th Fighter Squadron, the 322nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group (collectively known as the Tuskegee Airmen) who were important factors in the initiation of social change to achieve racial equality in America. The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Thurston Gaines, an original Tuskegee Airmen and a resident of Glendale, Arizona. Also present as special guests were members of the Archer-Ragsdale Arizona Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs)
WASP display at the AZCAF Museum
The Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs were a select few, of only 1074 women that passed the rigorous training of military flying school and became a part of the United States Air Air Forces. They flew just about every type of aircraft at the time, and logged over 60 million miles. It wasn't until 1977 when the records of the WASP were unsealed, and the women recognized as veterans of WWII.