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Open Cockpit: Vietnam War Weekend

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

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

On August 17 and 18, take a close look at some of the planes that fought the Vietnam War: the F-4C Phantom II, F-105 Thunderchief, A-4 Skyhawk, F-5 Tiger, EA-6B Prowler, A-6E Intruder, C-1A Trader, UH-1 Huey, H-34 Choctaw, RF-8 Cockpit, A-26 Invader, and HU-16 Albatross.

The F-105F Thunderchief, A-4E Skyhawk, F-5E TigerII, EA-6B Prowler, and A-6E Intruder are all on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola, Florida. The C-1A Trader is part of the Flight Wing of the Pacific Coast Air Museum and is an actual airworthy, flying aircraft.

Find out more about each of these aircraft:

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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Open Cockpit: December 8 at Santa Fly-In

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Look inside these historic aircraft!


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!

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