Get a close look at unique aircraft, classic cars, model railroads and more from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24 when the city of Mesa’s Falcon Field Airport hosts its annual open house.
The event will be at Falcon Field Park, 4636 E. Fighter Aces Drive. Free general and disabled parking is available at the airport entrance on the north side of McKellips Road east of Greenfield Road. Additional free parking with shuttles to the event site also will be available on the west side of Higley Road north of McKellips Road.
Event admission is free. Canned food donations will be accepted for the United Food Bank.
- See unique aircraft up close, including The Boeing Company’s AH-64E Apache attack helicopter; the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation’s 1967 AH-1F Cobra helicopter; vintage warbirds; experimental aircraft; public safety aircraft, general aviation aircraft, and more.
- Experience the pilot’s seat in flight simulators.
- Launch your own aviation adventure. Helicopter and vintage warbird rides will be available for purchase.
- Explore flight training and aviation careers with representatives of area education programs, businesses and aviation organizations.
- Learn about Falcon Field’s origin as a World War II pilot training base and view historic military aircraft and exhibits at the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum (AZCAF). The museum will have expanded hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 24. The Southwest Military Transport Show also will be at the CAF 9 a.m to 4 p.m. March 24. Highlights include military vehicle and static aircraft displays, collectibles, vehicle parts, plastic model contest, and swap meet. Discounted admission of $5/person or $10/family of four on March 24 covers both the museum and Southwest Military Transport Show.
- The 100 Club of Arizona will celebrate its 50th Anniversary at the Falcon Field Airport Open House. Founded in 1968, the mission of the 100 Club of Arizona is to provide financial assistance to families of first responders who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty and to provide resources to enhance their safety and welfare. A picnic pavilion will be available to 100 Club members and families to meet and socialize. The public is welcome to visit the pavilion to learn about the 100 Club and its services or to donate toward its mission. The 100 Club of Arizona also has arranged special public safety aircraft displays at the Open House.
- See more than 100 classic cars at the Impala Bob’s Car Show.
- Have your photo taken with authentic Star Wars characters from the Dune Sea Garrison.
- Watch a model steam locomotive on an extensive layout by the Arizona Big Train Operators.
- Bring the kids for inflatables, aviation-themed crafts, face painting, balloon animals and more.
- Enjoy a variety of tasty food and treats, family-friendly music and aircraft fly-overs.