Open Cockpit

Get a look inside these historic aircraft!

A Great Kids' Activity

Open Cockpit weekends at the Pacific Coast Air Museum are a great activity for kids and family. 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!

You can even sit inside some of our planes and see what it was like to be the pilot or crew! On some planes, the controls are still hooked up to the control surfaces. So if you move the stick or wheel, you can see the ailerons or elevator move! It's a great way to learn about how a plane is controlled. 

Some of the docents who guide you into the planes actually flew these very same aircraft. They'll be happy to tell you all about it.

We have Open Cockpit weekends once a month except January (because of the weather) and September when we have our Air Show. Ordinary Museum entry donations apply.

Click on the events below to get the details about our next event.

Next Open Cockpit Weekends

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!

Ilyushin IL-14 Crate
Open Cockpit: Russians vs. the Us Coast Guard

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - Sunday, October 20, 2019

Look inside some of our classic aircraft!

Open Cockpit: Trainer Weekend

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - Sunday, November 17, 2019

Look inside some of our classic aircraft!

Open Cockpit: December 14 at Santa Fly-In

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Look inside these historic aircraft!

  • UPCOMING EVENTS

    Canadian Forces Snowbirds aircraft diving straight down and trailing smoke
    Air Show Meeting June 2019

    Wednesday, June 19, 2019

    Help Plan the 2019 Wings Over Wine Country Air Show!

    Black-and-white in-flight photo of Boeing B-47 Stratojet over clouds
    Member Meeting June 2019

    Wednesday, June 19, 2019

    Guest Speaker Larry Scott: B-47 Days - Cold War Training and Missions - At our New Meeting Location

    drawing of a hot dog on a bun
    Hot Dog Thursday: July

    Thursday, July 11, 2019

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

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  • Join the Flight Wing

    C-1A Trader of the Pacific Coast Air Museum Flight Wing flying over the Sonoma hills

    Be part of the group that is keeping classic aircraft in the air.

    Learn More!

A FAMILY-FRIENDLY PLACE WITH HISTORY YOU CAN TOUCH!

There’s always something great going on at the Pacific Coast Air Museum. We have Open Cockpit weekends once a month,  special events throughout the year, and regular hot dog lunches. We host school field trips, special group tours, birthday parties, and family get-togethers, all among our collection of historic aircraft and educational exhibits.

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