Frank Luke, Jr. Day

Frank Luke, Jr. Day
September 22, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mesa Market Place Swap Meet
10550 E Baseline Rd
Mesa, AZ 85209
Joan Wells

Frank Luke, Jr. Day at Mesa Market Place.
A FREE event. Saturday, September 22, from 9am to Noon

Arizona native Frank Luke, Jr. lost his life 100 years ago flying his Spad Biplane over Germany in World War I. He quickly became an ace pilot. What he accomplished in his short flying career was nothing short of amazing. He was known as the balloon-buster…. those balloons were used by the Germans to surveil the location of Allied troops. They were not easy to shoot down, yet he doggedly shot down 14 German balloons. He also shot down four German airplanes.

So this is the year to come together to remember his indomitable spirit.

Col. Bill Simon (Ret.) and his wife Sandi have long been collecting Frank Luke, Jr. memorabilia and other World War I era militaria. They are working toward opening a permanent display and museum. They will bring out some of their extensive collection to Mesa Market Place in addition to several military vehicles from WWII. He’ll also bring a Spad Trainer.

A number of other collectors from the AHMTA, Arizona Historic Military Transport Association and the AMVCC, Arizona Military Vehicles Collectors Club will also bring out military restored museum quality vehicles and equipment.

Mesa Market Place will also host a Remembrance at 11am. The Motorcycle Color Guard of America will present the Colors.

Children and adults are also invited to write notes and color pictures to go into ‘Packages From Home’ care packages that will be sent to Armed Forces personnel serving in the Middle East.

Mesa Market Place will be back on Winter High Season Hours: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Mesa Market Place is located at 10550 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, AZ 85209, at exit 193 Signal Butte Rd. and Hwy 60.

Info: 480-380-5572 and Fully handicapped accessible. Free Parking, admission, and entertainment.

Additional displays and militaria are welcomed! If you would like to participate in this event, please contact Joan Wells 602-703-7682,