Open Cockpit: December 14 at Santa Fly-In

Saturday, December 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm -

Look inside these historic aircraft!

Open Cockpit during Santa Fly-In: December 14

The December 2019 Open Cockpit weekend takes place Saturday December 14 only, during our annual Santa Fly-In event! 

Admission is FREE for everyone this very special day!

You’ll get to look inside historic aircraft, sit with Santa, and have a lot more Holiday fun! 

Our Open Cockpit aircraft are the T-37 Tweet jet trainer, and the HU-16E Albatross amphibian.

During Santa Fly-In, Santa Claus flies in to 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, so find out more about Santa Fly-In.

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!

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Look inside this classic airliner!

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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Look inside these historic aircraft of the Korean War era!


Saturday, December 14, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm


One Air Museum Way

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No charge on Saturday December 14 - Free Admission!


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