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Desert Scenery Rides and WWII Bombers

Our historical combat planes aren’t just for viewing — they’re for flying!  These are true Living History Rides and we have a fleet of World War II airplanes you can ride on!  Most of our rides occur out of our museum in Mesa, Arizona, but we also offer rides at air shows in the Southwest Region from the Fall through Spring.

Interested in a Desert Scenery Tour Ride?  Scroll down to learn more.

Bomber Rides:  With rides available on ultra-rare bombers B-17 (Sentimental Journey) and B-25 (Maid in the Shade), the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum offers an unforgettable adventure you will remember forever.

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The B-25J Bomber "Maid in the Shade"
The B-25J Bomber “Maid in the Shade”
C-47 Cargo "Old Number 30"
B-17 Bomber “Sentimental Journey”

Interested in flying on one of our WWII Bombers 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!

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Desert Scenery Tours
Fall through early Summer in Mesa, Arizona

Take a Desert Scenery Tour flight and see the Sonoran Desert in three different warbirds each with their own viewing experience: C-47 “Old Number 30,” SNJ/T-6 Texan, or the Stearman Kaydet Bi-Plane.

Want to know what it feels like to ride a motorcycle in the sky? Book a seat in our open cockpit Stearman and cruise over the Superstition Mountains with the wind in your hair.

Looking for a little more excitement? Book a seat in our SNJ/T-6 with a plexiglas cockpit and 360 degree views. This plane was used to train P-51 Mustang pilots and has the characteristics of a high-speed fighter with exceptional maneuverability.

Our C-47 warbird was used as a corporate transport after the war and offers a comfy ride with lots of windows to view the beautiful Tonto National Forest and its majestic lakes. This plane will also be offering Night Light Flights soon. Book a ride this fall to experience the gorgeous Arizona landscape in a way you won’t soon forget!

Questions about rides?  Send us an email.

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.


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Flying Airplanes in Our Collection

C-47 Skytrain
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

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B-25J Mitchell
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

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B-17G Flying Fortress
Sentimental Journey

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

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C-45 Expeditor
Beechcraft 18

Truly a “fly back in time” experience.
Flight price: $175 for the right side cockpit seat and $80/seat in the passenger cabin

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SNJ/T-6 Texan

Craving excitement? Book your seat in our SNJ-T6 Texan, known as “the pilot maker.”
Flight price: $360

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L-16 Grasshopper
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

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N2S-3 Stearman
N2S Stearman

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

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