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!

You can even sit inside some of our planes and see what it was like to be the pilot or crew! On some planes, the controls are still hooked up to the control surfaces. So if you move the stick or wheel, you can see the ailerons or elevator move! It's a great way to learn about how a plane is controlled. 

Some of the docents who guide you into the planes actually flew these very same aircraft. 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

RF-86F Sabre on the ramp at the Wings Over Wine Country Air Show
Open Cockpit: Korean War Weekend, July 15-16

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - Sunday, July 16, 2017

Look inside some of our most popular aircraft during our annual Car Show!

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!

Ilyushin IL-14 Crate
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!

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

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A FAMILY-FRIENDLY PLACE WITH HISTORY YOU CAN TOUCH!

There’s always something great going on at the Pacific Coast Air Museum. We have Open Cockpit weekends once a month, ¬†special 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.

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