The Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum (AZCAF) is kicking off the summer season by offering visitors two admission tickets for the price of one on Wednesdays through August 31. Patrons may purchase one adult ($15), senior ($12), or child age 5-12 ($5) admission and receive a second one of equal or lesser value free.
The museum, a top-rated Trip Advisor and Airbnb Phoenix attraction, has 55,000 square feet of historical airplanes, relics, and educational exhibits, in addition to a working mechanics hangar. Its mission is to restore and preserve airplanes that have served throughout the history of combat aviation and to educate visitors about the battles and sacrifices of our brave veterans. Knowledgeable docents are available to guide people through the educational exhibits or patrons may explore unguided. A museum store is onsite (and available online) with military aviation-related art, books, clothing, toys and collectibles. The organization is 99% run by dedicated volunteers of all age-ranges and professions and is a non-profit 501(c)3.
AZCAF is located at Falcon Field Airport in Mesa, and museum doors open to the flight ramp where larger World War II airplanes are available for tours. A unique and popular draw is living history rides available on seven flyable World War II aircraft, notably the ultra-rare B-17 Bomber, "Sentimental Journey," one of less than 10 still flying in the world. A guiding principle of the AZCAF that's different from other flying museums is to encourage the public to get up close and personal with history. Visitors can walk up to warbirds in the maintenance hangar, peer inside engines, and watch mechanics bring the muscular engines to life.