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Fighter Pilot for a Day

Fighter Pilot for a Day

  • It’s not about where you go, but what you find when you get there
A Marchetti SF-260 aircraft - Photo by Mobil11/Shutterstock
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Air Combat USA, Orange County, California

This is the world’s first FAA-sanctioned civilian air combat school—and, as the facility says, it’s all real except for the bullets! A guest and an experienced fighter pilot board a propeller-driven Marchetti SF-260 and pull up to five Gs as they roll and loop through the wild blue yonder, performing aerobatic maneuvers used in dogfighting and simulating “kills.” Guests fly the aircraft 90% of the time while the whole experience is recorded. Preflight training and study are required.