The proud history, modern advancements and educational opportunities in aviation will be on display this Friday, Nov. 17, at the annual Aviation Fascination event.
Hosted by the Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the Commemorative Air Force, the event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Commemorative Air Force Museum, 2107 N. Greenfield Road, located at Mesa’s Falcon Field Airport. The event is free to attend.
“Aviation Fascination is a popular event because people love to see these amazing aircraft,” said Sally Harrison, president and CEO of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce. “The museum is a unique venue that allows people to leisurely stroll among the planes, enjoy great food tastings, learn about aviation, and share in the excitement of winning great prizes.”
Flight enthusiasts of all ages can get close-up views of the Boeing AH-64D Apache helicopter as well as the museum’s vintage aircraft collection, including the B-17G Sentimental Journey. MD Helicopters will be showcasing one of their iconic helicopters, the MD 520N. Both Mesa Police and Mesa Fire and Medical will also have items on display. Displays by East Valley aviation education and flight training programs will offer information on the paths to a variety of aviation careers. Food will be offered by local restaurants.
Raffle tickets will be sold to fund Mesa Chamber of Commerce programs that support local businesses. This year attendees can also receive raffle tickets from United Food Bank in exchange for food donations. The organization will provide one ticket for every five food items donated. Prizes will be awarded throughout the evening, including a pair of roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines.
The Boeing Company is sponsoring Aviation Fascination along with other community sponsors: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Southwest Airlines, MD Helicopters, Textron, Able Engineering, Country Financial, Commemorative Air Force Museum and Falcon Field Airport.
For more information, visit www.aviationfascination.com.