The need for speed: The Top Gun Experience

If you feel the need (the need) for speed, then this once-in-a-lifetime flying experience has to be in your crosshairs. Whether or not you own a pair of mirrored shades, it’s time to stop dreaming and start jumping into the cockpit to live out your fighter pilot dreams. Less gander, more Goose.

Just a quick 20-minute drive down the road from the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll find yourself near Henderson Executive Airport at Sky Combat Ace — a world-famous aviation attraction, renowned for giving adrenaline-junkies their aerial fix.

After a hotel pick-up (pick-up and drop-off are included. Pilots travel in style, don’t you know), you’ll arrive at the airfield to be given your briefing and a suitably menacing call sign. You’ll climb into the cockpit of an Extra 330 monoplane soon enough. The briefing you’ll receive depends on the package… sorry, mission you’re going on. What’s it to be, Iceman?

Will it be a simple recon mission with Operation Recon? Take off as the co-pilot and go along for an adrenaline-pumping sightseeing ride over Sin City, but this is strictly scouting, soldier, with maybe a few aerobatic stunts thrown in for style. Fancy something a little more hands on? You can become a pilot and get behind the controls pretty easily. You’ll have supervision from a highly trained SCA fighter pilot, of course, but you’ll be at in the driver’s seat and have control 90% of the time.

Maybe you’d just like to see an air show full of twists and turns, from inside the plane? The Afterburner is your aerial rollercoaster. Your pilot will take you through a full routine, full of all the spins, rolls, loops and tumbles you can handle. Finally, for all the Mavericks out there, you’ve got the full Top Gun and Air Combat experiences, full of heart-pounding action. It’s all out war for supremacy of the air, in a winner-takes-all dogfight with your own personal Red Baron (or a friend who’s up for the challenge).

Back on solid ground, you’ll be debriefed with video footage of your flying prowess, and you can even pick up a copy for yourself. Undeniable evidence that you truly are an Ace of Aces.

Jet Fighter Experience Highlights

  • Experience what it's like to be a fighter pilot

  • You'll do basic low-level manoeuvring and aerobatics including loops, rolls, stalls and more!

  • Optional purchase of video footage of your flight (screams included)

Experience options:

  • Recon Flight: A great way to test the water in an Extra 330. Includes basic aerobatic flight experience

  • Afterburner Flights: A roller coaster without the rails, full of non-stop spins, rolls, loops, tumbles and heart-pounding action. Experience a full aerobatic airshow routine from inside the plane

  • Top Gun Flight: For those who want to get serious about aerial thrills and fly the plane through a complete aerobatic routine. This one’s not for the faint of heart

  • Air Combat Flight: Wage a battle for aerial dominance where there can only be one victor. Climb aboard and fly the plane with a trained SCA fighter pilot. This is the real deal


  • Flight (based on option selected)

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off


  • Gratuities (optional)

  • The listed price does not include a $30 per person fuel surcharge, payable at the time of tour check-in. The fuel surcharge is required by our local supplier and is not within our control

Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
  • If you prefer a certain time, please list it in the special requirements field at checkout

  • 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 waiver

  • FAA regulations require all passengers to present photo ID at check-in

  • Wear comfortable clothing. Shoes and socks are required

  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity

  • Departure point: Pick up from select Las Vegas Hotels

  • Departure time: various available between 9:00am–5:00pm

  • Tour duration varies, depending on the experience chosen

Cancellation Policy:

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