1. Check out seasonal events
The Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona Museum offers several events to honor war heroes, celebrate milestones, and keep military aviation history alive. Check out some of the exciting activities planned throughout the year.
The Peak of Aviation Fun
Fall and winter are our peak season, with tons of events for veterans and the public alike. Mark your calendar for Gathering of Legends, Model Zona, the Big Band ’40s Dance, the EAA SportAir workshop, and more!
History Goes On Tour
Each summer, we take our famous combat plane collection on tour across the United States and Canada. Come see the Flying Legends of Victory Tour to experience military aviation firsthand and ride through history in a real warbird.
2. Enjoy all that Phoenix has to offer
Whether you love adventure and activities or rest and relaxation, the Valley of the Sun has something for everyone. Enjoy some of these popular things to do before or after your museum visit.
Bask in the sunshine
While everyone else around the country is shivering and shoveling snow, head outside to take in some rays and enjoy Arizona’s natural beauty.
Soak up the sun, see the desert up close, and get panoramic views of the Valley.Learn more
Take a drive out to Glendale to see the “Birdgang” play football on their home turf.Learn more
Spring Training Baseball Games
Celebrate the return of baseball and warm weather at a Spring Training game in March.Learn more
Stroll around this historical nearby neighborhood known for its shopping and dining.Learn more
The weather may heat up during this time of year, but there are still plenty of things to do indoors and in the water. Here are a few ways to have fun during spring and summer without breaking a sweat.
Salt River Tubing
Chill out and cool off on a relaxing day tubing down the Salt River.Learn more
Indulge in a dose of retail therapy at one of the Valley’s beautiful malls and outlets.Learn more
Explore one of the Valley’s up-and-coming arts districts, located right off the Light Rail.Learn more
Escape the heat and catch a baseball game in the air-conditioned comfort of Chase Field.Learn more
3. View nearby restaurants
Phoenix and Mesa are havens for hospitality, there are plenty of options near the museum for all tastes and budgets.
Allesia’s Restaurante Italiano
5251 E. Brown Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85205
2753 E. Broadway Rd., Ste. 104
Mesa, AZ 85204
3434 N. Val Vista Dr.
Mesa, AZ 85213
Steak and Stone
2613 N. Thunderbird Circle Mesa, AZ 85215Learn more
Crackers & Co. Café
1325 N. Greenfield Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85205
4810 E. McKellips
Mesa, AZ 85215
4. Get directions
The Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona Museum is located on the northeast corner of Greenfield Road and McKellips Road in Mesa, Arizona. With nearby access to the Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway), it is easy to get here from anywhere in the Valley.
Oct. 1 – May 31:
Open 7 days a week 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
June 1 – Sept. 30
Open Wed. – Sun. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
Mesa’s private airport is located on the same grounds as the museum. Falcon Field Airport does not charge landing fees, and plentiful hangar/tie-down space is available.
Landing at Falcon Field
Visit the airport’s website for more information about flying directly into Falcon Field.
Parking at Falcon Field
Visit the hangar and tie-down rental page for more information about aircraft storage.
Phoenix Sky Harbor
Phoenix’s main international airport is located 20 minutes west of the museum.
Phoenix’s regional airport is located 25 minutes southeast of the museum.
From the East
Take the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway, and exit on Greenfield Road. Turn left on Greenfield and drive for 2 miles. The museum will be on the left at the northeast corner of Greenfield and McKellips.
From the West Valley
Take the I-10 East to the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway, and exit on Greenfield Road. Turn right on Greenfield and drive for 2 miles. The museum will be on the left at the northeast corner of Greenfield and McKellips.
From Phoenix and Scottsdale
Take the I-10 or Loop 101 Price Freeway to the 202 Red Mountain Freeway East and exit on Greenfield Road. Turn right on Greenfield,and drive for 2 miles. The museum will be on the left at the northeast corner of Greenfield and McKellips.
5. Read what visitors are saying
The people have spoken: The Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum has been voted one of the top things to do in Mesa! See what people are saying about their unforgettable experience.
We have been to many aviation museums and this one has a lot to offer. It is a self-guided tour with docents to aid and discuss the different planes. It is well laid out with videos and displays and pictures to support the planes and history. There are a few planes on the tarmac, a main hanger and maintenance hanger to visit. Allow a couple of hours minimum. Well worth the visit.
If you love history and airplanes, a must see”
I've been here several times, every time there's something new. Wonderful displays interpreting WWII and Vietnam especially. Docents are knowledgeable and fun to visit with. Nice gift shop. If you love airplanes, you'll love this place.
Great spot for WW II history and artifacts, but the real treat is being able to go inside the vintage aircraft, B17, B25 and C47 on open house days. Need to watch the sites calendar for special days when the warbirds fly!
This is the home of the B17 Flying Fortress, which is still active but it is also much more. The stories around the hanger of women's involvement in the wars is extraordinary, as is the volunteers who flew into Burma, and a number of other expeditions during the various wars. Extremely well displayed and very moving stories. Some great planes on display, all maintained by volunteers. A great find!
Diana L W
I live down the street from this airfield. It is a hidden gem. The star is the B17 Bomber named Sentimental Journey. You can buy tickets to get a ride in it. The museum has many interesting items from WWII in the hangar. Great gift shop. If you are in the area the middle of March, they have a Big Band 40's dance in the hangar. Live music, dance contests, and costume contests. It is a lot of fun! Worth the trip.
Great place to go and visit. You can easily spend the day there. The staff is very friendly and will also take the time to explain any question that you may want to ask .Have fun when you all go there.
Such a fun experience!! The son loves all the awesome planes and taking pictures! Love that they do so much for Vets too. It's definitely a great place to visit!!
Went inside a B-17 and received intimate knowledge of the plane's history and its crew. Tons of other aircraft and war memorabilia scattered throughout. Worth the admission price
What a fantastic museum! There are so many planes here including the B-17 that you can tour. You can also take rides on several of the old planes. We loved the tour and we loved all the history loaded into this building. Fantastic!
This place is a great value for what we paid. Many displays of old air history and facts. The displays range from old artifacts from World War II and the Vietnam War, scale models of various planes, to actual ready to fly planes. The exhibits are both in and outside. Many volunteers are around to answer any questions you might have. Well worth going to!
Very nice little museum. I have never been to a museum where you could get inside a B-17. Very cool. One of the volunteers gave us a tour of the museum and told us about the history of the aircraft and took us to the hanger where the B-17 was. It was just finishing up with its winter overhaul. Very informative tour. Many of their aircraft fly and available for rides so not all their planes are at the museum as was the case the day I went.