The CAF was founded to acquire, restore and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all military services of the United States, and selected aircraft of other nations, for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations of Americans.Plan my trip to Mesa with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
More than just a collection of airworthy warplanes from the past, the CAF's fleet of historic aircraft, known as the CAF Ghost Squadron, recreate, remind and reinforce the lessons learned from the defining moments in American military aviation history.
Commemorative Air Force Museum Reviews
The two hangers had a great assortment of planes and exhibits. The second hanger where they work on the planes was awesome and something we had never seen in other areo museums. We were lucky because.... more »
So many planes to experience. The staff were amazingly knowledgeable. If you want to learn about older planes this is the best place. more »
I could not believe how cool this place is! My little cutie pie was not too enthused when I told him we were coming here. He's more of a natural outdoorsy science kid. Right when I parked our vehicle, his eyes lit up. I have to admit, mine did too! Military planes everywhere! Veterans walking around, eager to talk about their stories were one of the highlights of our trip! I could not peel my son off the inside the B-17 Bomber plane! WWII, Korean and Vietnam memorabilia galore! I wish we had one of my uncles here to tell us of their experience. I can't wait to take hubby here. He'd definitely appreciate all the marvels of engineering.
Outrageously interesting people (docents) to match some super cool planes. Anyone who worked aviation (in the military for example) would get a huge amount from it. My kids loved it as well; my four-year-old picked out the plane he wants to buy (despite me telling him that it is a museum, not a store). The store isn't half bad either. A must see for pilots, mechanics, and all aviation buffs, and great for kids and families too.
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