Fighter Pilot for a Day

From: $1,395   Region: Columbus (View all 27 Columbus experiences)


St. Louis, MO; Kansas City, Kansas; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Cleveland, OH; Cincinnati, OH and select cities nationwide.


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Early Morning: 8:30am, 10:00am & sometimes 7:30am
Mid Day: 11:30am & 1:00pm
Afternoon: 2:30pm & sometimes 4:00pm

*The 8:30am, 11:30am, and 2:30pm slots are filled first, then the 10:00am and 1:00pm are added. Occasionally a 7:30am or 4:00pm 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.

Whip and whirl through the Ohio sky while dodging and firing bullets when you become a fighter pilot for a day. The bullets arent real, but the excitement is!

  • Fly a fully aerobatic, Italian fighter plane - the Marchetti SF260
  • Original civilian dog fighting school with 20+ years experience
  • Instructors are all FAA certified and many have flown combat missions in Vietnam & Desert Storm
  • Take to the sky and fulfill your Top Gun dreams!

More detailed description >

Off we go into the wild blue yonder... Your mission: 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 actual combat!

Imagine yourself 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 pipper 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 takeoff 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.

Key Info >

Essential Information:
No experience necessary. Participants should 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.

Maximum Participants:
1 participant and instructor per plane. Then one plane vs. one plane in a dog fight.

The customers and their guests may sit in on the briefing and the de-briefing. Guests 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 could never see.

Weather Dependent:
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 recommended. A flight suit is provided.

Booking Information:
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 30 days in advance.

Cancellation Policy:
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9'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 rebook at least 30 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your Experience.

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 aircrafts 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.
  4. 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.
  5. What is the itinerary?
    Expect to be there 2.5-3 hours for the Basic Air Combat option, and 5-6 hours for the Fighter Pilot Lead In option. 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-forces. 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 cassette tape and is reviewed in the post-flight de-brief. The tape is yours to keep.
  6. Are spectators allowed?
    The customers and their guests may sit in on the briefing and the de-briefing. Guests 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.
  7. At what altitudes will we be flying?
    At the very minimum (hard deck) you'll be flying at 2,500 ft (this varies by location). However, for each engagement you'll work within a 2,000-3,000 ft flying range that typically starts around 4,000 ft.
  8. I wear glasses. Is this still safe?
    Absolutely! In fact, we have worked to tailor this experience to visually challenged people in the past including blind participants.
  9. Can I control the plane during take off and landing?
    Unfortunately to due insurance regulations, the instructor pilot must handle the controls during take off and landing, even if you are a certified pilot.
  10. Can I participate if I am colorblind?
    Yes! Color blindness will not affect the experience.

Customer Reviews:

  • Fighter Pilot for a Day

  • June 09, 2014

  • 5

  • Columbus

"As a licensed pilot myself, with no experience in any sort of high performance aircraft, my wife knew that flying something other than a Cessna was something I really wanted to do so she bought me this experience for Christmas. It really filled the bill. The instructors were very thorough in the pre-flight briefing, explaining exactly what we were going to be doing, and what the capabilities of the Marchetti were. Almost immediately after takeoff, the plane was in my control and we did a series of tracking maneuvers on the way out to get the feel of the plane. Then, after a couple of brief exercises designed to demonstrate the proper way to close in and attack, the fight was on. We engaged in a series of five actual dogfights, a couple of which I actually won. We were at something of a weight disadvantage with my size and weight (right at the maximum) so it was probably a miracle that I won any, but frankly, who won or lost the fights was of no concern to me. I just wanted to experience flying an airplane that wasn't designed to be an extension of the family car like the Cessna 172 was. The Marchetti lived up to my expectations. It handles like a dream, and it does whatever you ask of it effortlessly and honestly. Pulling five g's doesn't bother it a bit, and at no point did I ever feel like it was out of my control. I got a little over aggressive and got too close to my adversary at one point, and my instructor intervened to maintain safe separation but other than that, the flight was thrilling and exactly what I wanted and expected. On the way back, flying in tight formation, I remembered why I decided to become a pilot in the first place, and it renewed my desire to own an airplane of my own some day. The view of the approaching Cleveland skyline with the other Marchetti in the foreground was awesome, and made for a great photo opportunity. We returned to the airport making a high pass over the runway in formation, before circling back to a perfect touchdown on the numbers. It was a great experience and one I would recommend to anyone with a love of aviation and a desire to push the envelope WAY outside the day to day boredom of civilian flying."