Air Combat

Be a Top Gun with an

Air Combat / Fighter Pilot Experience

in Mesa, Arizona, Near Phoenix and Scottsdale

We deliver the most realistic, hard-charging, fun-filled air combat experience available in the industry. Our real military fighter pilots provide an authentic tactical briefing, air combat flying experience, formation, high-speed low-altitude fly-by and comprehensive debriefing to every participant. You take the controls flying multiple real air combat engagements against your adversary. Only the bullets are simulated. All missions are flown in the Extra 300L, the world’s highest performance certified aerobatic airplane, equipped with a gunsight, smoke, dual controls, true-to-life sound and a multi-view audio/video system that records every flight. Air Combat missions are only available at our AZ location at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona.

Air Combat experiences available at the following locations:

Mesa, Arizona

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

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1/2 Day Advanced Air Combat Mission

Fly a real aircraft, hands-on, under the guidance of an expert flight instructor! In-flight video included.

  • Aircraft: Extra 300L Aerobatic Aircraft
  • Aircraft Control: You Fly! (No experience required)
  • Flight Time: 1 Flight - Up to 1 hour
  • Ground Instruction Hours: 1 hour
  • Adventure Duration: 3.5 - 4 hours
    (must fly together - each participant in a separate plane)
  • Price: $1589 or Buy 2 for $2528 (must fly as a pair)
  • Locations: Arizona
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THE MOST AUTHENTIC ADVANCED AIR COMBAT EXPERIENCE ANYWHERE!

Become a “Top Gun” by emerging victorious from our Advanced Air Combat Mission. No experience is required for this flight profile, but be prepared to show us what you’ve got. This experience includes everything in the Introduction to Air Combat program plus 3 scored competition engagements for the prestigious “Top Gun”, “Aero God” and “G-Monger awards, as well as unlimited aerobatics.

At booking, you will receive an air combat tactics manual to review prior to your adventure. Upon arrival at our squadron, you will be greeted by our friendly staff, receive your customized leather call sign, and get suited up in your flight gear. Fully briefed on modern tactical air combat maneuvers, you and your fighter pilot instructor will get strapped into the aircraft for your mission.

The flight profile begins with a formation take-off to the training area where you’ll warm up with advanced handling, weapons usage, and basic aerobatic maneuvers. The first five g-pulling air combat engagements follow a show & do profile utilizing both offensive and defensive tactics against your opponent. Then it's “Fight’s On!” for three adrenaline-pumping scored neutral head-on engagements against the adversary. The mission is culminated by splitting from your opponent to fly unlimited aerobatics under instructor guidance. An exciting formation of high-speed low-altitude pass down the runway marks your arrival to base. The mission is debriefed with an overview by the instructors while simultaneously playing both videos for all to view the flight first-hand. Your video is included and other FCI gear is available for purchase.

 

Profile:

  • Formation T/O and demonstration
  • Aircraft handling and G exercises
  • 8 air combat engagements
    • Offensive perch demo with gun track exercise
    • Fly offensive perch
    • Defensive perch demo
    • Fly defensive perch
    • Neutral engagement demo
    • Client flies three scored neutral engagements for awards
  • Advanced aerobatic demonstration and flying
  • Return to base for a high-speed formation Battle Break

1/2 Day Introduction to Air Combat Maneuvering

You fly this 30-minute air-to-air combat mission! No previous experience required. See mission details below.

  • Aircraft: Extra 300L Aerobatic Aircraft
  • Aircraft Control: You Fly! (No experience required)
  • Flight Time: 1 Flight - Up to 30 minutes
  • Ground Instruction Hours: 45 minutes
  • Adventure Duration: 2.5 to 3.5 hours
  • Price: $1265 or Buy 2 for $2118 (must fly as a pair)
  • Locations: Arizona
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Learn the Basics of Modern Air Combat Maneuvering

You fly this 30-minute air-to-air combat mission! On this mission, you can live the dream of learning to be a fighter pilot without committing to years of military service. You will learn the basics of modern air combat maneuvering, both offensive and defensive, and engage in actual air-to-air combat.

At booking, you will receive an air combat tactics manual to review prior to your adventure. Upon arrival at our squadron, you will be greeted by our friendly staff, select a leather call sign by which you will be known for the day, and get suited up in your flight gear. Fully briefed on tactical air combat maneuvers, you and your fighter pilot instructor will get strapped in the aircraft for your mission.

The flight profile begins with a formation take-off to the training area, where you’ll warm up with advanced handling, weapons usage, and basic aerobatic maneuvers. Then it’s “Check Six!” as you fly 5 g-pulling air combat engagements in a “Show and Do” profile utilizing offensive and defensive tactics against your opponent. The flight culminates with a thrilling three-dimensional smoke chase, each aircraft alternating “lead and follow” positions across the sky. An exciting formation high-speed low-altitude pass down the runway marks your arrival. The mission is debriefed by recreating your tactical flight using the multiple-view video and in-flight notes evaluating shots and tactics. Your video is included. Leather call sign and other FCI gear are available for purchase.

 

Profile:

  • Formation T/O and demonstration
  • Aircraft handling and G exercises
  • Up to 5 air combat engagements
    • Offensive perch demo with gun track exercise
    • Fly offensive perch
    • Defensive perch demo
    • Fly defensive perch
    • Neutral engagement demo
  • Fighting wing tail-chase exercise
  • Return to base for high-speed formation Battle Break to full-stop landing

2-Day Squadron Wingman Program – Air Combat

2-day adventure includes two air combat sorties! Fly under the guidance of an expert! Inflight Video Included.

  • Aircraft: Extra 300L Aerobatic Aircraft
  • Aircraft Control: You Fly! (No experience required)
  • Flight Time: 2 flights - Up to 90 minutes combined
  • Ground Instruction Hours: 1 hour and 45 mins combined
  • Adventure Duration: Two separate 1/2 days
  • Price: $2385, or buy 2 for $4450
  • Locations: Arizona
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Start with the basic mission then proceed to the advanced adventure…

Details on each separate flight can be found above.

Earn your Fighter Combat International Squadron patch by becoming a Squadron Wingman. This 2-day adventure includes two air combat sorties: the Introduction to Air Combat and the Advanced Air Combat Mission. Each event has a dedicated ground training session, a hands-on air combat mission with one of our fighter pilots, formation flying, ground video debriefing, completion package, and a signed hero-photo with your pilot. On return to the airport from each flight, the two aircraft will complete a formation high-speed low-altitude pass down the runway.

The missions are debriefed by recreating your tactical flights using the multiple-view video and in-flight pilot notes evaluating shots and tactics. While you and your friends watch the video, the instructor will finish your paperwork, sign your photo and make arrangements for anything else you might need. Your videos are included and other FCI gear is available for purchase.

As a “Squadron Wingman Graduate” you qualify for a 15% lifetime discount.

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