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 on April 21 and 22, 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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Wings Over Wine Country Air Show Sept 22-23

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - Sunday, September 23, 2018

The best family fun in the North Bay! Spectacular performers and static display aircraft!

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Saturday, October 20, 2018 - Sunday, October 21, 2018

Look inside some of our classic aircraft!

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Open Cockpit: Acemaker Weekend

Saturday, November 17, 2018 - Sunday, November 18, 2018

Look inside some of our classic aircraft!

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Open Cockpit: During Santa Fly-In December 15

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Look inside these historic aircraft!

Date

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - Sunday, April 22, 2018
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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Wings Over Wine Country Air Show Sept 22-23
Saturday, September 22, 2018 - Sunday, September 23, 2018

The best family fun in the North Bay! Spectacular performers and static display aircraft!

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Hot Dog Thursday: October
Thursday, October 4, 2018

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

World War II era photo of a female war correspondent and photographer sitting on the hood of a Jeep
Member Meeting October 2018
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Author Jeane Slone on Female War Correspondents in WWII