Open Cockpit: Vertical Lift Weekend – H-34 Choctaw and UH-1H Huey Helicopters

Look inside these classic helicopters!

H-34 Choctaw Helicopter and UH-1H Huey Helicopter

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

These classic utility helicopters played many roles in the military and civilian life, and continue to see regular use around the world today!

The H-34 was the last of the really powerful piston-engined helicopters built in the US. It saw extensive use as a submarine chaser, utility/liaison, troop transport, airborne ambulance, cargo ship, and even gunship. This one served with Air America during the Vietnam War. Find out more about the H-34 Choctaw.

The UH-1H Huey was the workhorse of the US military during the Vietnam conflict. It gained fame as a troop transport, air ambulance, gunship, and in many other roles. This particular aircraft served in Vietnam and later served stateside with the Army Reserves and Air National Guard. Find out more about the UH-1H Huey.

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

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: Vertical Flight Weekend - 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!

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 17, 2019 - Sunday, August 18, 2019

Look inside some of our most popular aircraft!

2018 Wings Over Wine Country Air Show logo
Wings Over Wine Country Air Show Sept 28-29

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - Sunday, September 29, 2019

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


Saturday, March 16, 2019 - Sunday, March 17, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


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drawing of a hot dog on a bun
Hot Dog Thursday: April
Thursday, April 4, 2019

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

Canadian Forces Snowbirds aircraft diving straight down and trailing smoke
Air Show Meeting April 2019
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Help Plan the 2019 Wings Over Wine Country Air Show!

elderly navy veteran being interviewed in front of a photo of USS Hornet CV8
Member Meeting April 2019
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Memoirs of a Navy Major: Carrier Hornet Sunk, then Found