Open Cockpit: Public Heroes Weekend, September 16-17

Look inside some of our classic aircraft!

Open Cockpit: September 2017

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

On September 16 & 17, take a look inside two aircraft whose heroic crews used them to save lives, protect property, and promote the overall public welfare throughout California and the American West. This month we are honoring the unsung heroes who are always standing by to attack fires from the air and to evacuate the sick and injured from car accidents and other disasters. Come and take a look at some of the aircraft that make it possible for us to live our lives in great safety and confidence, knowing that when the worst happens a competent and dedicated aviator can be on hand within minutes to help us.

This month, you'll see inside Tanker 84, a former US Navy S-2A antisubmarine aircraft converted by the California Department of Forestry to drop fire retardant on wildfires. You'll also see inside the REACH air ambulance helicopter, which was used for years to evacuate injured people from accident scenes and to transport critically ill patients between hospitals. 

Find out more about the S-2A Tracker aerial tanker. The REACH air ambulance helicopter is so new to our collection that we don't have a web page dedicated to it yet!

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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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, September 16, 2017 - Sunday, September 17, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

LOCATION

One Air Museum Way

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COST

Standard Museum entry donations apply

UPCOMING EVENTS

close-up photo of pilot sitting in the cockpit of an a-6 Intruder attack aircraft
Member Meeting January 2018
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Charley Taylor on Operation Linebacker II: Richard Nixon's Finest Hour?

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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