Open Cockpit during Santa Fly-In: December 2020
The December 2020 Open Cockpit weekend takes place during our annual Santa Fly-In event! Admission is FREE for everyone this very special day!
Our gates will open at 10:00 a.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive around 11:00. Their actual arrival time may vary, depending on the weather. They will be leaving around 2:00 or whenever there are no more kids to talk to, so come early!
You’ll get to look inside historic aircraft, sit with Santa, and have a lot of holiday fun. Our Open Cockpit aircraft are the T-37 Tweet jet trainer and the HU-16E Albatross amphibian.
During the Santa Fly-In, Santa Claus flies into the Pacific Coast Air Museum on a helicopter to greet all the kids and listen to their Christmas wishes. There are lots of additional things to see and do during this very popular event.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will land in a real helicopter courtesy of Helico Sonoma
Tell Santa or Mrs. Claus your gift wishes
Photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Treat bags for the kids
Jumpie House and Air Slide for the kids – at no extra charge!
RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon (weather permitting)
Hot food and hot drinks available for purchase
“Open Cockpit” airplanes you can climb aboard
Live coverage of the event on the air by local radio station KZST
This is an outdoor event. It could be rainy and cold. Dress appropriately in warm clothes, hats, and jackets. Watch the weather report and consider bringing a raincoat and umbrella. Santa will be there rain or shine. Limited shelter is available under the wings of our airplanes.
Featured Sponsor: Active 20-30 of Santa Rosa #50
Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa is again sponsoring this event, by providing funds for helicopter fuel and other expenses. When your flying reindeer are unavailable, count on Active 20-30!
Helicopter provided by Helico Sonoma
Helico Sonoma will be picking up Jolly Old Saint Nick at an undisclosed location and chauffeuring him to the Pacific Coast Air Museum. We salute Helico and its brave pilots!
Announcements by KZST
Local radio station KZST will be making all the announcements during the event, and broadcasting it live on the air. It’s nice that all the Elves back at the North Pole will be able to hear a play-by-play as their boss makes his big appearance.
Printing by Accent Printing
Finally, we thank Accent Printing of Santa Rosa for providing print services for our flyers and other promotional materials. Accent uses Santa-approved paper, Santa-approved inks, and Santa-approved Elf labor in their print shop.
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!