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

H-34 Choctaw helicopter sitting on an airport ramp in preparation for the Wings Over Wine Country Air Show.
Open Cockpit: H-34 Choctaw Helicopter

Saturday, March 18, 2017 - Sunday, March 19, 2017

Climb Aboard this classic utility helicopter!

F-14 Tomcat on the ramp at the Pacific Coast Air Museum, viewed from directly ahead and slightly to the right.
Open Cockpit: Top Gun Weekend

Saturday, April 15, 2017 - Sunday, April 16, 2017

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

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!

Date

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

LOCATION

One Air Museum Way

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COST

Standard Museum admission charges apply.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Colonel Jimmy Doolittle prepares a bomb prior to the famous raid on Tokyo, April 18 1942
Member Meeting March 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Jonna Doolittle Hoppes on An Evening With the Doolittles

H-34 Choctaw helicopter sitting on an airport ramp in preparation for the Wings Over Wine Country Air Show.
Open Cockpit: H-34 Choctaw Helicopter
Saturday, March 18, 2017 - Sunday, March 19, 2017

Climb Aboard this classic utility helicopter!

drawing of a hot dog on a bun
Hot Dog Thursday: April
Thursday, April 6, 2017

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