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San Diego

Top Gun and Air Combat Experience in San Diego

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    What to Expect
    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Gillespie Field in El Cajon CA
    • Flight (based on option selected)
    • All local taxes and fee
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    I would give them 50 stars if possible. This was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Sure I was a little nervous heading out there and even before performing my first maneuver. To be honest I wasn't sure it was going to work... I not only crushed the aerobatics but
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    I bought this experience as a present for my husband. He flew two days ago and he hasn’t stopped smiling since he get off of the plane. This really was an amazing adventure and we fully recommend it.
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    This is everything you could possibly imagine. I took my teenagers they had the best time ever. There is NOTHING about this experience that is not WORLD CLASS FUN. THE COOLEST THING EVER!!!My wife and I are going back to do ourselves.
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    I had a great time flying with the crew in San Diego. From the moment I got there, everything was very professional and they looked after my wife and daughter while I was in the air. Definitely a once in a lifetime experience and I would highly recommend.
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    This is my second time with SCA, last time I did the Afterburner experience and this time my boyfriend did the Top Gun experience (like the afterburner but he was able to fly too!!). From start to finish they’ve been organized, flexible, and quickly responsive to any questions
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    Response from SCAGM, General Manager at Top Gun and Air Combat Experience in San Diego
    Responded 21 Jun 2019
    Thank you very much for sharing your Sky Combat Ace experience with others here on TripAdvisor. We are glad that you enjoyed yourself and are honored that you would recommend us to others.
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    Key Details
    • Sky Combat Ace
    • Duration: 30m
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Instant confirmation
    • Languages Offered: English
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