Falcon Field in Mesa, Arizona was the home of No4 British Flying Training School between 1941-1945 flying Stearmans and Harvards. see http://www.mesaaz.gov/falcon_field/pdf/praised.pdf
All that is left of those days is the swimming pool & BBQ, and a chimney breast which was part of the cadets lounge. A number of ex RAF pilots visit the airfield and an official ceremony was held by the Mayor of Mesa in May 1991. Jim Dawson an American has written an excellent a book on Falcon Field entitled "The RAF in Arizona, Falcon Field 1941-1945"
Champlin Fighter Museum which was based at Falcon Field has had its exhibits moved to Seattle to make way for a new Jet Fighter Museum which is due to open in 2005.
Location: Red Mountain Fwy (202) to E McDowell Rd then on to N Highley Rd/E McKellops
Camping and hiking among the giant saguaro cactii outside of Mesa, AZ. It's a cheap, fun, and romantic way to get in touch with nature after enjoying a Spring Training game.
The sunsets are beautiful, campfires are allowed, shower facilities on-site - look out for pseudo-scorpions!
A great inexpensive way to spend between 2 and 5 hours on a hot day in Mesa, is to gently float slowly down Salt River on an inner tube.
Salt River Recreation can be found near the junction of Bush Hwy & Usery Pass Road approx 30 min north of Mesa
Make sure when you are in the Mesa area to take time to visit Tortilla Flats. It is an old town with a bar/restaurant and live music on the patio. The barstools are actual saddles that you sit on and there are dollar bills covering all the walls. It is a unique place and quite an interesting drive thru the mountains to get there. It is beautiful scenery.
The old west town at Tortilla Flats they have gun fights, shops, train rides, gold mining,
and it is absolutly a gorgeous drive! Getting to it from Mesa you take Main St. east to
Apache Jct.(which borders Mesa) and follow the signs it's easy!
A small desert botanical spot perfect for meditation or simple pleasure on the grounds of the Mesa Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
A must visit place when in the Mesa area is Roosevelt Dam Recreation area, just east of Mesa/Apache Junction.