Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH; Detroit, MI; Chicago, IL; St. Louis, MO; Kansas City, KS and select cities nationwide.
Morning: *7:30 AM, 8:30 AM & 10:00 AM
Mid Day: 11:30 AM & 1:00 AM
Afternoon: 2:30 PM & *4:00 PM
*The 8:30 AM, 11:30 AM, and 2:30 PM slots are filled first, then the 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM are added. Occasionally a 7:30 AM or 4:00 PM are added if all other time slots are filled.
Atlanta, GA; Atlantic City, NJ; Boston, MA;
Charleston, SC; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH;
Cleveland, OH; Detroit, MI; Ft. Worth, TX;
Fullerton, CA; Houston, TX; Kansas City, MO; Lancaster, PA; Las Vegas, NV; Livermore, CA; Long Island, NY; New Windsor, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; San Antonio, TX; Santa Barbara, CA; Seattle, WA; St. Louis, MO; Winston-Salem, NC
NOTE: Locations are also available in Kissimmee, FL; Tampa, FL; Miami, FL but require an additional fee to cover Florida specific taxes.
You and your co-pilot will be sent on a combat mission for a day in the sky above Chicago as you dodge enemy fire and hunt down your opponent!
- Don a flight suit and take to the sky in an Italian built Marchetti fighter plane
- Instructors have flown more than 48,000 participants
- You fly 90% of the time
- Experience the thrill of being a Fighter Pilot for a Day!
Off we go into the wild blue yonder. Your mission is to work with your instructor to outsmart, outmaneuver and outgun your opponents in heart-pumping, "g-pulling" dogfights. You will be manning the controls of a real, fully aerobatic, high-performance aircraft.
After attending a full briefing covering formation flight, gun sight tracking and aerial combat maneuvers, you will don your flight suit and board the Marchetti SF260, a current production, Italian-built fighter aircraft.
Once airborne, your instructor pilot will hand the controls over to you as you engage your enemy in combat!
Imagine scanning the skies in a real military aircraft in search of an enemy airplane. You spot the bogey at 3 o'clock, break turn hard and the fight's on. Up, down and around. Pulling G's, making quick decisions until you out maneuver your opponent, put the gunsight piper on them, squeeze the trigger. The enemy erupts in smoke and you roll up and away, victorious!
Basic Air Combat option:
Following your flight briefing, take to the skies and prepare to engage in an air combat experience you'll never forget.
Shortly after take-off you'll take the controls and warm-up by practicing formation flight, combat maneuvers like high and low yo-yo's and familiarize yourself with the gun sight.
Now it's time for combat! You'll engage your "enemy" for 6 aerial dogfights as you put your skills to the test and try to get as many "kills" as possible. You'll spend half of the dogfights hunting your adversary attempting to get a clear shot and kill, while the other half will be spent eluding enemy fire. May the best pilot win!
Fighter Pilot Lead In option: If you really want to test your skills as a fighter pilot and see if you have what it takes, this is the experience for you!
With the Fighter Pilot Lead In option, your first flight will be a practice session, focusing on maneuvers like formation flight, high & low yo-yo's, lead and lag pursuits, displacement rolls, and vertical & oblique turns.
This initial warm-up flight will help you adjust to the G-forces, and give you a chance to hone your skills before it's time to engage in air combat.
During your second flight, it's time to engage the enemy and put your dogfighting skills to the test! You'll use the maneuvers you've learned in a variety of tactical air combat situations, and will engage in 10 dogfights. This is the ultimate civilian air combat experience!
All experiences include a Hi-Def video on an SD Card from 3 in-cockpit cameras to keep the memory alive for years to come.
- No experience necessary
- Participants must be at least 14 years old, must weigh no more than 250 pounds and be no taller than 6'7"
- Please see the FAQ section for additional information
Basic Air Combat options: 2.5-3 hours with 1 hour of flight time. Fighter Pilot Lead In options: Approximately 5-6 hours with two flights, each lasting approximately 60 minutes.
1 participant and 1 instructor per plane. The dog fight will consist of 1 plane vs. 1 plane for each time slot.
Guests may sit in on the briefing, de-briefing, and watch their loved ones take off and land. The actual maneuvers take place about 25 miles from the airport and at an altitude that spectators on the ground could never see.
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What to Wear:
Wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. Sneakers are recommended. A flight suit is provided.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 30 days in advance.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9 Living's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation no refunds will be given. However, cancellations made at least 30 days prior to the experience will incur a cancellation fee equal to 20% of the experience price, with the remaining balance to be applied to another future booking of a Cloud 9 Living experience of the participant's choice. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel and reschedule at least 30 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.
Do I need any flying experience?
Absolutely not! Most of our customers do not have a pilot's license and many have never even flown in a single-engine aircraft.
Can I do this? Will I have fun?
Absolutely! Second only to safety is our pledge for you to have FUN! FUN! FUN! It is a flying experience you will talk about and remember forever. Everyone can do it. During your flying adventure, you will be continuously coached by your instructor pilot to ensure a successful mission, and you will walk away with a unique sense of achievement that will be difficult to top.
How safe is it?
The aircraft used in this experience are maintained in strict accordance with Federal Air Regulations and our instructors, both military and civilian, have enviable credentials. Most are former military pilots from the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps., several are graduates of Red Flag and the Navy Fighter Weapons School. The military rules of engagement establish safe minimum altitudes and distances between the Aircraft throughout the maneuvers. Our provider's proven training techniques will put you at ease at the controls and give you the confidence to execute even the most complex air combat maneuvers for an amazing flying adventure.
Will I suffer motion sickness while engaging in air combat?
Based on our experience, less than 10% of customers suffer from motion sickness. We attribute this low rate to the fact that you are in control of the aircraft. You are far less likely to become ill while in control than as a passenger. Secondly, you will be taught to focus on your opponent at all times; not the horizon. This will not only ensure you get the kill, it will provide a more stable reference point. Nonetheless, this is your experience. Should at any time during the flight you begin to feel uncomfortable, simply lighten up on the controls and tell your instructor. He will do what he can to make your flying adventure more enjoyable.
What is the itinerary?
Expect to be there 2 1/2 -3 hours for the Basic Air Combat, or 5-6 hours for the Lead in Experience. Upon arrival you will suit up in a flight suit and attend the ground school portion of our program. You will learn safety procedures, tactics and maneuvers, rules of engagement and the physiological effects of g-force. Then you'll grab a parachute and helmet, head out to the aircraft, and climb into the cockpit alongside your instructor pilot for the actual air combat mission. Your entire experience is recorded on mini DVC and is reviewed in the post-flight de-brief. The tapes are yours to keep.
Are spectators allowed?
Guests may sit in on the briefing and the de-briefing. Spectators may also watch their loved ones take off and land. The actual maneuvers take place about 25 miles from the airport and at an altitude that spectators on the ground cannot see.
At what altitudes will we be flying?
The altitude levels vary with each location. Typically, the very minimum altitude (hard deck) you'll be flying at 2,500 ft. However, for each engagement you'll work within a 2,000-3,000 ft flying range that typically starts around 4,000 ft.
I wear glasses; is this still safe?
Absolutely! In fact, this experience has been tailored to meet the needs of visually challenged and blind participants.
Can I control the plane during take off and landing?
Due to insurance regulations, the instructor pilot must handle the controls during take off and landing, even if you are a certified pilot.
Can I participate if I am colorblind?
Yes! Color blindness will not affect the experience.
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"A once in a lifetime experience! Ron was very knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. Had a great time experiencing a day as a fighter pilot. Would recommend to anyone seeking a thrill!"
"The flight crew was very professional and the experience of flying and taking control of the aircraft was fantastic."
"My experience was outstanding. All three pilots I spent time with were excellent, great people. I would do it again in a heartbeat!"