Open Cockpit: Russians vs. the Us Coast Guard

Look inside some of our classic aircraft!

Open Cockpit: Russians vs. the US Coast Guard

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

October 19 & 20 take a look inside two of the aircraft that equipped the big Cold War antagonists: The Soviet Ilyushin IL-14 (NATO codename "Crate") and the HU-16E Albatross. The IL-14 was a Soviet-built passenger and cargo aircraft, developed as an improvement on the earlier Douglas DC-3 and Lisunov Li-2, both of which were widely used in the Soviet Union and their satellite nations. The American Grumman HU-16 Albatross was an amphibian (it could land and take off from both water and land) that was used for air-sea search and rescue, cargo transport, personnel transport, and many other purposes.

Find out more about the IL-14 Crate and the HU-16E Albatross.

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

H-34 Choctaw helicopter sitting on an airport ramp in preparation for the Wings Over Wine Country Air Show.
Open Cockpit: Vertical Lift Weekend - H-34 Choctaw and UH-1H Huey Helicopters

Saturday, March 16, 2019 - Sunday, March 17, 2019

Look inside these classic helicopters!

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!

Date

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - Sunday, October 20, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

LOCATION

One Air Museum Way

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COST

Standard Museum entry donations apply

UPCOMING EVENTS

H-34 Choctaw helicopter sitting on an airport ramp in preparation for the Wings Over Wine Country Air Show.
Open Cockpit: Vertical Lift Weekend - H-34 Choctaw and UH-1H Huey Helicopters
Saturday, March 16, 2019 - Sunday, March 17, 2019

Look inside these classic helicopters!

Canadian Forces Snowbirds aircraft diving straight down and trailing smoke
Air Show Meeting March 2019
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Help Plan the 2019 Wings Over Wine Country Air Show!

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!