Open Cockpit: Top Gun Weekend

Look inside the F-5E Tiger II, F-16N Viper, and the mighty Grumman F-14A Tomcat!

Top Gun Weekend

Look into the cockpits of these vintage aircraft, and learn about their history from the crews who have lovingly restored them.

This month we present three planes that featured big in training US Navy pilots: the F-14A Tomcat, F-16N Viper, and F-5E Tiger II. During various training scenarios and programs, the F-16 and F-5 were flown as enemy “aggressor” airplanes  because their performance closely matched that of the enemy planes our Navy pilots were likely to encounter. Pilots in F-14s would square off against experienced pilots in the aggressor planes, until the good guys in the F-14s learned how to beat them.

The F-14, F-16, and F-5 are on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola, Florida.

Find out more about the F-14A Tomcat, the F-16N Viper, and the F-5E TigerII.

Open Cockpit weekends at the Pacific Coast Air Museum are your chance to get up close to selected aircraft and look inside. We raise the canopies and open the doors to give you an unobstructed view so you can see what a genuine fighter plane, attack plane, transport, helicopter, or other type is like from the inside!

Don’t Miss the Next Open Cockpit Weekend

close-up view of the cockpit area of the F-106 Delta Dart, with canopy up and a visitor looking inside
Open Cockpit: Supersonic Weekend

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Sunday, May 21, 2017

Look inside Climb Aboard F-4C Phantom II, the Blue Angels F-4N Phantom II Cockpit Simulator, the F-106 Delta Dart, and the T-38 Talon!


Saturday, April 15, 2017 - Sunday, April 16, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


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Standard Museum admission charges apply.


small white and red "taildragger" Stinson Voyager aircraft taxiing toward the viewer.
Flight Wing Pilot Update April 29
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Mandatory update for all current and future Flight Wing pilots. All other pilots welcome too!

drawing of a hot dog on a bun
Hot Dog Thursday: May
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Have a Hot Dog Lunch among the aircraft in our collection!

Member Meeting May 2017
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Speaker and topic to be announced