• Tour code: 38222RECON
  • Location: San Diego, California
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Strap in, take off and channel Top Gun on an exhilarating 3-hour fighter pilot experience in San Diego. Swoop over the city's arid mountains and valleys in an aerobatic Extra 330LC plane, then fly low and fast over the rugged terrain. Take in sweeping aerial views of the desert and city, feel the thrilling pace and powerful g-force of the nimble plane and come back to base with a military-style, spiral landing.


  • Fly 10-feet and 250-mph aboard a high-performance aircraft on this Viator Exclusive
  • Choose to ride a state-of-the-art aerobatic Extra 330LC
  • Enjoy some fun aerobatic maneuvers and a military-style landing
  • Admire views of Southern California's mountains and valleys
  • Choice of several departure times throughout the day
  • Inclusive of all local taxes and fees!

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

What You Can Expect

Fighter Pilot Experience in San Diego

Viator Exclusive: Fighter Pilot Experience in San Diego

Enjoy pickup at either of 2 central locations in San Diego, then travel to Gillespie Field for you fighter plane experience. 

Listen to a safety briefing, then step aboard your state-of-the-art Extra 330LC. This style of aerobatic plane has been active in the air race industry for over thirty years; the plane you fly will have been lovingly restored to its original condition. Fly at low altitude over the valleys and mountains around San Diego, enjoying great views of the city skyline and the area landmarks. 

Come in for a military-style landing, which follows an exciting spiral, designed to make it difficult for enemy planes to land any fire. 

At the conclusion of your 3-hour tour, enjoy drop-off at one of the central points in downtown San Diego.

Customer Reviews

Erin D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Fantastic Experience! The whole team at Sky Combat Ace really made this experience so great. It was a Birthday present for my Husband and he has never been in a small plane before. The flight experience for him was incredible, the pilot Jaret was awesome and had a great time with him. We were well taken care of, fed snacks and given all the beverages we wanted. It is about a 20 min experience in the air, but the presentation, safety briefing, and post flight was about 1.5-2hrs long. It is a little hard to find however Tiffany came to meet us at the gate and walked us to the hanger. Possibly some more signage and a number to call when you arrive on the sign would be awesome. It might have been in the cafe, but didnt check
All and all if you are looking at an incredible memory do this!!! The video was also super cool the commentary was my favourite
Thanks Sky Combat Ace San Diego!!!!

Easton M

4 star rating: Recommended March 2017

First of all, my son absolutely LOVED his flight and the experience. Sky Combat Ace was great to work with and provided a great opportunity. In the end, everything worked out better than expected!

But, there were a few issues with our reservation which I believe were caused by Viator:
1. Our tour time was changed from 1 pm to 11 am by Viator. The timing actually worked out better for us, but be aware that this can happen.
2. Our tour ticket stated that our son needed to be dropped off at 1 of 2 hotels in the San Diego, We took him to the Hyatt at Mission Bay. We waited for the pickup, but no one arrived. I called Sky Combat Ace who provided the flight and they stated that they NEVER picked up from a hotel in San Diego and we needed to take him directly to Gillespe Field. We are not sure why this mix-up happened?! We ended up taking him directly to the airfield and were able to take pictures, video take-off and see him land. So again, things worked out better than planned, but the mix-up made us uneasy. We were later than our scheduled 11 am departure due to the mix-up, but thankfully the pilot was ok with the timing.
3. The experience was not a 3 hour tour, the entire process was less than 1 hour. Again, this was better for us, but for people expecting 3 hours of entertainment, it wasn't even close to that!

So, Sky Combat Ace was absolutely outstanding, but Viator caused us undue stress and confusion.

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