Located in San Diego, the Top Gun and Air Combat Experience will take you on a ride over the mountains and valleys of San Diego. Not only will you be able to get exquisite views of the different attractions, but you'll have a fantastic view of the San Diego skyline. Depending on what you want to experience, there are a few different experience levels. This means you'll be able to choose from 3 different fun experiences, which are talked about below!
The first package you can choose is called the Afterburner. You'll first be picked up by van and be taken to Gillespie Field. Before going up in the plane, you'll go through a 15 minute lesson on various aerobatic moves. Next, you'll ride with the pilot and he'll do some low flying and basic moves, such as: barrels, rolls, and stalls.
The next package is called the Top Gun Experience. If you decide to upgrade to this, you'll be able to actually fly the plane. After arriving at the field, you'll go through a 30 minute aerobatic and high-G maneuver lesson. Once that's done, you'll get your flight suit on and get on the plane for your 30 minute experience. At this point, not only will you fly with an actual fighter pilot, but you'll also learn basic fighter maneuvers. You'll be flying with a certified instructor in the Extra 330LC. You'll then be taught how to do both basic and advanced maneuvers. Some of these are: loops, rolls, hammerheads, and tumbling.
Finally, the final package is called the Air Combat Experience. This experience will have you in the air for up to 50 minutes and you can bring a friend so you both can practice against each other. Even though you'll be flying with a certified instructor, you'll be the one controlling everything! After you get done with your flight, you can hang out at the hangar and hear real life stories from actual combat pilots.
If you want a once in a lifetime opportunity, then any one of these three packages is a great choice. It will be unforgettable and you won't be disappointed!
Recon: This 10-minute flight takes you low over the beautiful mountains and valleys of San Diego on an adrenaline-pumping flight. Catch great views of the surrounding sights and see the San Digeo skyline from above!
Afterburner: After being picked up by van from select locations in San Diego and transported to Gillespie Field, you'll have a 15-minute briefing on aerobatics. You'll ride along with a pilot and experience dynamic low level flying and basic aerobatics including loops, rolls and stalls.
Top Gun Experience: Upgrade to the Top Gun experience and you'll fly the plane! After your arrival at Gillespie Field, you'll have a 30-minute briefing in aerobatics and high-G maneuvering with your pilot.Then you'll suit up and begin your 30-minute Top Gun flight. Fly with an actual fighter pilot and learn the art of basic fighter maneuvering. You'll fly in the most advanced aerobatic airplane in the world, the Extra 330LC. With a certified flight instructor in back, you are taught aerial combat skills, complete with high-G maneuvering and military maneuvers. You'll do basic low-level maneuvering and aerobatics including loops, rolls, stalls and spins before ending with advanced aerobatics like snaps rolls, hammerheads and tumbling.
Air Combat Experience: Upgrade to the Air Combat tour for up to 50-minutes in the air! Bring your buddy and you can test your skills against each other. Under the supervision of a highly trained fighter pilot instructor, you are the one at the controls, you are the one squeezing the trigger and you get the satisfaction of scoring a hit on your opponent. SCA utilizes all of the latest technology to give the wingman the most realistic simulation possible, including a gun reticle, an electronic targeting system that triggers "smoke on", and complete visual coverage from 4 different angles including repeater displays in both the front and back seats.
After your flight, relax at the SCA hanger and swap stories with actual combat fighter pilots. This experience, from start to finish, is truly unforgettable.
Pickup & Return:
- US Grant Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter
- Hyatt Regency in Mission Bay
If you are not able to be picked up from one of these properties, you must make your own way to Gillespie Field.
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
Does not include:
- Flight (based on option selected)
- All local taxes and fee
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- If you prefer a certain time, please list it in the special requirements field at check out
- No flight experience required
- Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers must weigh a minimum of 80lbs (36 kilos) and a maximum of 265lb (130 kg / 19 stone) and maximum height of 6'6 (2 meters)
- Children under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult to sign the waver
- Per FAA regulations, all passenger must present photo ID at check in
- Wear comfortable clothing, shoes and socks are required