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!

Don’t Miss the Next Open Cockpit Weekend

close-up view of the cockpit area of the F-106 Delta Dart, with canopy up and a visitor looking inside
Open Cockpit: Supersonic Weekend

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - Sunday, May 20, 2018

Look inside the Blue Angels F-4N Phantom II Cockpit Simulator, the F-106 Delta Dart, the F-4C Phantom II, and the T-38 Talon!

nose of the AV-8C Hawker Harrier parked on the ramp at an airport
Open Cockpit: AV-8C Harrier

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - Sunday, June 17, 2018

Get a close look inside this famous VSTOL jump jet!

RF-86F Sabre on the ramp at the Wings Over Wine Country Air Show
Open Cockpit: Korean War Weekend

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - Sunday, July 22, 2018

Look inside these historic aircraft of the Korean War era!

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

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - Sunday, August 19, 2018

Look inside some of our most popular aircraft!

Ilyushin IL-14 Crate
Open Cockpit: Russians vs. the Us Coast Guard

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

Look inside some of our classic aircraft!

Open Cockpit: Acemaker Weekend

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

Look inside some of our classic aircraft!


Saturday, April 21, 2018 - Sunday, April 22, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


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drawing of a hot dog on a bun
Hot Dog Thursday: May
Thursday, May 3, 2018

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

antique biplane flying upside down trailing smoke at an air show
Air Show Meeting May 2018
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Help Plan the 2018 Wings Over Wine Country Air Show!

UH-1H Huey helicopter on the field at the Pacific Coast Air Museum
Member Meeting May 2018
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Robert Nance on Army Huey Pilot Training and Missions: It's Not If, It's When