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

A-4E Skyhawk attack aircraft on the field at the Pacific Coast Air Museum. View is from directly in front. Pylons are filled with inert ordnance.
Open Cockpit: Vietnam War Weekend, August 19-20

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - Sunday, August 20, 2017

Look inside some of our most popular aircraft, and climb aboard a few!

A man with young children stand atop a metal air stair and look into the cockpit of a historic jet fighter aircraft
Open Cockpit: September 16-17

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - Sunday, September 17, 2017

Look inside some of our classic aircraft!

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

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

Climb Aboard some of our classic aircraft!

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Open Cockpit: Acemaker Weekend, November 18-19

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

Climb Aboard some of our classic aircraft!

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Open Cockpit: December 16

Saturday, December 16, 2017

See Santa Claus arrive in a helicopter and get a look inside some of our classic 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 admission charges apply.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Hot Dog Thursday: August
Thursday, August 3, 2017

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

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Member Meeting August 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Brien Seely, MD, on autonomous regional sky taxis

A-4E Skyhawk attack aircraft on the field at the Pacific Coast Air Museum. View is from directly in front. Pylons are filled with inert ordnance.
Open Cockpit: Vietnam War Weekend, August 19-20
Saturday, August 19, 2017 - Sunday, August 20, 2017

Look inside some of our most popular aircraft, and climb aboard a few!