964386 339660552804233 2061393168 oCopperstate Fly-in Excitement Coming to the Arizona Airbase

On Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, the public is invited to experience the Copperstate Fly-In at the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum. Over 500 aircraft will be on display at Arizona’s premier aviation event and for the first time, it is being held at Falcon Field. Recreational and general aviation enthusiasts from 20 states will bring ultralights, gyrocopters, home-built aircraft, and antiques for the public to tour along with booths, workshops and youth-oriented activities.  Last year’s Fly-In brought more than 5,000 people in attendance.
Fans of Warbirds can schedule a thrill-ride in one of our three WWII aircraft during the event and enjoy a live WWII re-enactment camp performance.  The P-17 Stearman trainer bi-plane, Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor (think “closing scene of Casablanca”), and C-47 Skytrain/Dakota “Old Number 30” aircraft will be available for rides. The Fly-In event marks the kick-off of “Operation Restoration” – a fundraising project for the C-47 “Old Number 30” WWII airplane.  Donations to the restoration efforts can be made at the museum starting on October 27th and donors will be able to own a piece of this remarkable C-47’s legacy.   A special price of $99 is being offered for a ride in the C-47 at this event only.

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More Information:
When: Friday, October 28 & Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10am – 4pm   
Where: Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum; 2017 N. Greenfield Rd, Mesa, AZ 85215
Specifics:
Friday, October 28:
Book a ride on our Stearman or C-45.  Stearman prices are from $300 to $550 and the C-45 can be purchased for the whole plane price of $550.  Email rides@azcaf.org for more information and book a ride.

Saturday, October 29:
Book a ride on our C-47 for a special price of $99 per seat (price only available for Saturday, October 29th only). Email rides@azcaf.org for more information and book a ride.
11:00am & 1:00pm: “Skies of Hope” presentation   - a selection of personally researched stores of American fighters and bombers that were shot down over the Duth municipalities of Giessenlanden, Lingewaal, Zederik and Culemborg - by Mr. Peter den Tek
Guests can go through an authentic WWII preflight experience with the Arizona Ground Crew re-enactment group.
On both days, guests will have access to the museum facilities for only $5 per person or $10 for a family of four. In addition to over 20 historic war aircraft on display, guests will experience our new traveling exhibit, Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front, which had its grand opening on October 22nd as part of the 57th Bomb Wing Reunion festivities.

About the CAF Arizona Airbase

Based in Mesa, Arizona, the group was founded in 1977 as the 10th chapter of the CAF.  It is comprised of 500 members, seven flyable warbirds that offer Living History “thrill of a lifetime” rides, and over 20 historic war aircraft on display.  The fully-restored and rare B-17G and B-25J Bombers are the two main warbirds that conduct the Flying Legends of Victory Summer Air Show tour and visit approximately 40 cities throughout the United States and Canada.  The military aviation museum has 55,000 square feet of historical airplanes, relics, and educational exhibits, in addition to a working mechanics hangar.  A Trip-Advisor Winner of Excellence, it’s one of the top-rated Edu-Venture attractions in Phoenix and regularly conducts tours for schools, businesses, and youth groups. Visit https://www.azcaf.org/ for more information. 

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