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

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Open Cockpit: DC-6 Airliner Cockpit

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - Sunday, February 18, 2018

Look inside this classic airliner!

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 17, 2018 - Sunday, March 18, 2018

Look inside this classic utility helicopter!

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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Open Cockpit: DC-6 Airliner Cockpit
Saturday, February 17, 2018 - Sunday, February 18, 2018

Look inside this classic airliner!

Navy Test Pilot standing on boarding steps of soviet MiG-15 fighter jet
Member Meeting February 2018
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Bret Davenport: The Experiences of a Lucky Flight Test Engineer / Test Pilot

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 17, 2018 - Sunday, March 18, 2018

Look inside this classic utility helicopter!