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Air Combat Experience, Phoenix





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An air combat experience you'll never forget

Get ready for an adrenaline packed, authentic air combat experience that puts you in the pilot’s seat. Take the controls of an Extra 300L and fly real air combat maneuvers under the guidance of trained former fighter pilots.

After an expert ground briefing it’s time to be strapped into the cockpit of the world’s highest performance aerobatic plane and reach for the skies. You’ll fly up to 5 air combat engagements and reach +6 G forces as you carry out real combat moves used by the military. Have you got what it takes to strike down your opponent and win the day?

Your flight culminates in a lightning-paced smoke chase in the skies, followed by a high speed, low altitude flight down the runway back to base camp.

If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing the world through the eyes of a real fighter pilot, this adrenaline-fueled experience is for you!

  • Half day at Fighter Pilot School that can be redeemed at locations nationwide
  • 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.



Upon arrival at the squadron, you will be greeted by friendly staff and asked to select a leather call-sign by which you will be known for the day. You’ll also get suited up in your flight gear


You’ll be given a full briefing on tactical air combat maneuvers by expert instructors and have the chance to ask all those questions you’ve always wanted to ask.

Pre flight aircraft inspection

Meet your fighter pilot instructor and carry out a pre flight inspection before you are strapped into the cockpit


The flight profile begins with a formation take-off to the training area. This will include warm-up exercises such as advanced handling, weapons usage and basic aerobatic maneuvers.

Next up it’s  “Check Six!” as you fly 5 g-pulling air combat engagements in a “Show and Do” profile in which you’ll use offensive and defensive tactics against your opponent.

The flight is culminated with a thrilling three-dimensional smoke chase in which each aircraft alternates in “lead and follow” positions across the sky.

An exciting formation high-speed low-altitude pass down the runway marks your arrival back at base camp to greet the spectators waiting for you in the flight deck.


The mission is debriefed by recreating your tactical flight using the multiple-view video and in-flight notes evaluating shots and tactics. Your video is given to you at the end of the day.

The Extra 300L is used by top aerobatic and air show performers world-wide and its abilities as a commercial dogfighting machine are second to none. The Extra is stressed to +/- 10G’s, has a roll rate of 360° per second, and a climb rate in excess of 3200 fpm making it one of the safest and most capable aircraft in the sky.

A quadruple-view digital audio and video system, with switching capabilities, enables the pilot to capture you and your aerial experience on a keepsake video you’ll treasure for a lifetime. Cameras are located on both wingtips, in the customer’s cockpit and a tail-mounted perspective to capture those really wild maneuvers first-hand!

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