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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), DC-3/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.

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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"
C-47 Cargo “Old Number 30”

Living History Rides
Fall through early Summer in Mesa, Arizona

The Living History Rides listed below occur mostly out of our museum in Mesa, Arizona.  We also offer rides at air shows in the Southwest Region from the Fall through Spring.

ON SUMMER BREAK.  We will be offering early morning “Dawn Patrol” flights on two of our warbirds – the SNJ T-6 Texan and the N2S-3 Stearman in the Fall.  (If you’d like to be one of the first to hear about it, please fill out the form below and mention “Dawn Patrol.”)  The SNJ was named “the pilot maker” by its crews, and was a trainer aircraft with all the characteristics of a high-speed fighter with more maneuverability and easier handling.  The Stearman is an open-cockpit bi-plane and was also used as a trainer for the majority of pilots in WWII.  (Note: both of these airplanes require passengers to have a certain degree of mobility in order to fly – a passenger must be able to climb on a wing, lift a leg over the side of the cockpit, and lower him/herself in.)

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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

Date Time Plane Location Link
Date Time Plane Location Link

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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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!

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