Open Cockpit

Get a look inside these historic aircraft!

A Great Kids' Activity

Open Cockpit weekends at the Pacific Coast Air Museum are a great activity for kids and family. 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!

Some of our docents actually flew the same kinds of planes you'll be looking at. They'll be happy to tell you all about it.

We have Open Cockpit weekends once a month except January (because of the weather) and September when we have our Air Show. Ordinary Museum entry donations apply.

Click on the events below to get the details about our next event.

Next Open Cockpit Weekends

F-14 Tomcat on the ramp at the Pacific Coast Air Museum, viewed from directly ahead and slightly to the right.
Open Cockpit: Top Gun Weekend

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - Sunday, April 22, 2018

Look inside the F-5E Tiger II, F-16N Viper, and the mighty Grumman F-14A Tomcat!

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!


    drawing of a hot dog on a bun
    Hot Dog Thursday: April

    Thursday, April 5, 2018First of the season! 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 April 2018

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018Help Plan the 2018 Wings Over Wine Country Air Show!

    photo of a Naval Aviator laughing as he prepares to climb aboard an A-7 Corsair II attack plane
    Member Meeting April 2018

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018Operation Nickel Grass - Why I Never Have to Buy a Drink in Israel, presented by Alan Chesterman


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    C-1A Trader of the Pacific Coast Air Museum Flight Wing flying over the Sonoma hills

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There’s always something great going on at the Pacific Coast Air Museum. We have Open Cockpit weekends once a month, ┬áspecial events throughout the year, and regular hot dog lunches. We host school field trips, special group tours, birthday parties, and family get-togethers, all among our collection of historic aircraft and educational exhibits.