Buckle up for the experience of a lifetime
Our historical combat planes aren’t just for viewing — they’re for flying! With rides available on ultra-rare planes like a B-17 (Sentimental Journey), B-25 (Maid in the Shade), C-47 (Old No. 30) and more, the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum offers an unforgettable experience that will leave your heart pumping and your mind racing.
The engines are starting. The propellers are spinning. The wheels are moving. It’s time to take flight! Check out the seven warbirds in our impressive fleet, and reserve your spot for an adventure you will remember forever.
Living History Rides
Fall through early Summer in Mesa, Arizona
The Living History Rides listed below occur out of our museum in Mesa, Arizona. Don’t see any flights listed? It’s because our Mesa flights go on hiatus due to the hot summer temperatures from July through September and our Bombers go on the Flying Legends of Victory Tour across the U.S. and Canada.
Want to be one of the first to book your seat in the Fall? Fill out the form below and we’ll add you to our email list. You’ll receive updates when our airplanes are flying again in the Fall.
Summer Tour Flights can be found by clicking here. Select the tour stop you’re interested in and then select your seat!
Your warbird is waiting! There are only a few seats on each plane, and these rides are only available for a limited time. Book your trip before these time-honored planes are retired. Questions? Call 480-462-2992 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
SUMMER HIATUS IS IN EFFECT FOR RIDES OUT OF OUR MUSEUM IN MESA, AZ.
Interested in flying on one of our warbirds and don’t see the date you want? Please fill out the form below and let us know when you are interested in flying and we’ll get back to you!
Flying Airplanes in Our Collection
SNJ-4 N224X – GUEST APPEARANCE
The Pilot Maker
Old Number 30
Ride in Arizona’s own C-47 Skytrain hero that’s seen more WWII combat than any other known aircraft in the CAF and earned a Presidential Unit Citation award (known then as a Distinguished Unit Citation).Flight price: $150 per seat
B-17G Flying Fortress
Take a bucket-list ride in a fully restored WWII heavy bomber Flying Fortress. In wartime it was a heavy bomber bristling with armament.Flight price: $425 per waist compartment seat, $850 for bombardier/navigator seats in the nose
Aeronca L-16 Grasshopper
A great way to see our majestic Southwest scenery! It served in the Army throughout the Korean War, where it performed many of the same roles it had in WWII. Flight price: $95
Our open-cockpit Stearman is the best way to get the wind in your hair and soak up the Sonoran Desert vistas and mountains.Flight price: $300
Maid in the Shade
Enjoy a thrilling ride in a WWII fully-restored bomber that has seen 15 combat missions. This heroic plane is a "living history" bucket-list must, and a ride in the see-through bombardier seat in the nose is unforgettable!Flight price: $325 per waist gunner compartment seat or $650 for flight deck jump seat
Truly a “fly back in time” experience. Does she look familiar? A variant of the C-45 Expeditor is the airplane in the closing scene of the movie, "Casablanca." Bring your best Humphrey Bogart and enjoy!Flight price: $550 for entire aircraft
Craving excitement? Book your seat in our SNJ-T6 Texan, known as “the pilot maker.”Flight price: $360