Open Cockpit: Trainer Weekend

Look inside some of our classic aircraft!

Open Cockpit: Trainer Weekend

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

November 16 & 17, take a look inside three aircraft that have trained thousands of US Air force pilots over the past sixty years: The T-33 Shooting Star, the T-37 Tweet, and the T-38 Talon. The T-33 was a development of the single-seat F-80 jet fighter and trained countless pilots for service in the Korean War and afterward. The twin-jet T-37 was the first primary jet trainer to serve with the USAF. And the much-loved T-38 Talon which first flew in 1959 is still the mainstay supersonic jet trainer for the Air Force.

Find out more about the T-33 Shooting Star, the T-37 Tweet, and the T-38 Talon.

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

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Open Cockpit: DC-6 Airliner Cockpit

Saturday, February 16, 2019 - Sunday, February 17, 2019

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 16, 2019 - Sunday, March 17, 2019

Look inside this classic utility helicopter!

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 20, 2019 - Sunday, April 21, 2019

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 18, 2019 - Sunday, May 19, 2019

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 15, 2019 - Sunday, June 16, 2019

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 20, 2019 - Sunday, July 21, 2019

Look inside these historic aircraft of the Korean War era!

Date

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - Sunday, November 17, 2019
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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Member Meeting December 2018
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Holiday potluck party, and a chance to recognize those who have contributed in 2018!

Clos-up photo of CH-37B Mojave helicopter in flight, with lifting sling underneath
Member Meeting January 2019
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Scott Drew on the CH-37B Mojave helicopter in Viet Nam

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Open Cockpit: DC-6 Airliner Cockpit
Saturday, February 16, 2019 - Sunday, February 17, 2019

Look inside this classic airliner!