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!

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Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! September 23, 2017

Saturday, September 23, 2017

A Free Day at the Pacific Coast Air Museum when you download your ticket in advance!

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Open Cockpit: Russians vs. the Us Coast Guard, October 21-22

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - Sunday, October 22, 2017

Look inside some of our classic aircraft!

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Open Cockpit: Acemaker Weekend, November 18-19

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - Sunday, November 19, 2017

Look inside some of our classic aircraft!

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Open Cockpit: December 16

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Look inside these historic aircraft!

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 entry donations apply.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! September 23, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017

A Free Day at the Pacific Coast Air Museum when you download your ticket in advance!

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Hot Dog Thursday: October
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Last chance this season! Have a Hot Dog Lunch among the aircraft in our collection!

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Member Meeting October 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Speaker and topic to be announced