This unique opportunity allows any pilot, or wanna-be pilot, to fly while sitting in the real cockpit of an F/A-18 "Hornet" naval fighter. They can choose to fly this aircraft or take command of one, or several, of a large selection of military planes ranging from a radial engine F4U "Corsair" to one of the larger transport jets in the world, the C-5 "Galaxy."
The "heads-down" panel displayed in the cockpit changes to simulate the gauges typical of the aircraft chosen. Once the pilot receives a short pre-flight briefing by our simulator operator, he/she can use a headset to communicate with that flight controller. A 3D sound system provides increased realism for the flight while a large "heads-up" projection display on the screen in front of the cockpit adds to the visual sensation of flight.
It is up to you to determine your level of involvement. You can learn the basics of flying in normal airspace (over San Diego for example) practicing takeoffs, landings and routine maneuvers or choose to be a multi-reflex required fighter pilot in the middle of intense combat. You can even practice taking off and landing on the USS Constellation aircraft carrier. The choice is yours! Your sim operator can change your flight environment by choosing day or night, cloud or fog cover, giving you multiple aggressor aircraft to challenge and arming your aircraft with different weapons and ordinance. You can even try your skills at aerial refueling of the F/A-18 as A-4 "Skyhawk" tankers remain aloft to provide support if you run low on fuel.
To sign up for a future flight in our F/A-18 "Hornet" simulator please click Use the "Reserve" link above and provide the appropriate information. You will be contacted by the Estrella Warbird Museum's Coordinator to be given additional information and confirm your appointment or to change the day/time (based on our sim operator availability).
Come fly with us..... You will have a blast!
HOURS: Thur., Fri., Sat., Sun. &
Legal Monday Holidays:
President's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day:
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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