Fighter Pilot Experience pilot for the day experience flying gift Fly a Fighter Plane

Air Combat Experience, Chicago





Fighter Pilot Experience pilot for the day experience flying gift Fly a Fighter Plane

Take to the skies in a combat ready military airplane!

Have you got what it takes to be a real top gun? Live your dream of being a fighter pilot as you reach for the skies at the controls of a Marchetti SF260.

Let fantasy become reality as you spend a day learning the trade secrets from former fighter pilots and putting them to the test in a simulated air combat situation that's as close as it gets to the real thing.

You're in control all the way on this amazing airborne adventure as you learn up to 6 real maneuvers used by the military in a plane that can pull +6 G forces in the blink of an eye. Then put your skills to the test as you stalk the skies looking for your enemy in an authentic dogfight that'll show you what it's like to be in a real combat situation.

Nothing, we repeat nothing, compares to the thrill of carving the air in a serious military aircraft capable of 260mph. Are you ready to take the challenge.

  • Half day at Fighter Pilot School
  • Includes 1 tactical mission and 5-6 dogfights
  • Fly state of the art military aircraft including the SIAI Marchetti SF260
  • Learn from expert fighter pilots, trained by the military
  • You must weight less than 250 lbs and be no taller than 6 ' 7 "

You'll learn basic Air Combat Maneuvers in a program that lasts a full day. The experience includes a tactical mission with 5-6 dogfights. You'll use real military aircraft including the SIAI Marchetti SF260, under the guidance of licensed fighter pilot instructors. This extraordinary adventure provides the chance to experience the thrill and adrenalin of flying a light attack fighter in air-to-air combat. The only thing that is not real are the bullets. Fully briefed, you will climb into the aircraft alongside your instructor and you will be in control of the aircraft as you engage in air to air dogfights. Every maneuver is recorded during your flight and the tapes are yours to keep.

Flying is weather dependent and there is also a risk of air sickness. If you are prone to motion sickness, this experience may not be for you.

Fighter Pilot experiences are available on pre-scheduled dates throughout the year. To secure your chosen dates it is recommended that you book well in advance. Upcoming dates include:

Sept 19th - 21st, 2014

June 26th - 28th, 2015

Sept 18th - 20th, 2015


  • Get fitted into the proper gear
  • Ground school (incl. basic air combat maneuvers (ACM), High and low Yo-Yo’s, Gunsight Tracking and  Lead, Lag and Pure Pursuit)
  • Military Rules of Engagement (ROE)
  • Safety Briefing
  • Physiological Effects of “G” Forces
  • Flying Characteristics of the aircraft - SIAI Marchetti SF260
  • Flying 5-6 combat engagements
  • Debrief and review of videotapes
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