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Open Cockpits in September this year!

Open Cockpits at the Air Zoo

Typically, February marks and exciting month for the Air Zoo and its community with the annual Open Cockpits event, which allows guests to get up close and personal with some of their most beloved aircraft. Due to the necessary safety precautions that were in place as a result of COVID-19, 2021's Open Cockpit Month was postponed to September! 

Visit the Air Zoo each weekend in September (2021) for your chance to get up close and personal with some of your most beloved aircraft! Air Zoo guests will have the unique opportunity to view or sit* in the cockpits of some of the most famous aircraft in history! Don't miss this amazing chance to "climb behind the stick" and get a true "pilot's eye" view of history!

The Air Zoo's open cockpit experience is FREE with your paid admission and offers great photo opportunities.

*RESTRICTIONS: Due to the varying engineering and design elements, a weight restriction of 250 pounds is placed on each aircraft. Visitors must also have the ability to enter and exit the aircraft unassisted. Children wishing to sit in the aircraft must be supervised by their parents/guardians. Some cockpits are view only.


2021 Schedule:

September 3-5th

P-47 Thunderbolt - Flight Innovation Center
FG-1D Corsair - Flight Innovation Center
MiG-15 - Flight Discovery Center - view only

September 10-12th

P-39 Airacobra - Flight Innovation Center
F6F Hellcat - Flight Innovation Center
T-34 Mentor - Flight Discovery Center - view only

September 17-19th

Ford Tri-Motor - Flight Innovation Center
Grumman FM2 Wildcat - Flight Innovation Center
G-73 Mallard - Flight Discovery Center

September 24-26th

SR-71B Blackbird - Flight Innovation Center - view only
Boeing-Stearman - Flight Innovation Center
Douglas SBD-2P Dauntless - Flight Discovery Center - view only

This is the aircraft that our outstanding team has been restoring since July of 2016. They have more than 36,000 volunteer hours dedicated to restoring this aircraft for permanent display at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii - See it while it's here!

The Air Zoo now has virtual options too!

Posted by Nikki Statler at 6:00 AM
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