Thrill of a life time. No longer have to think what it could be like. Gives one the appreciation for those who lived it in life or death situtation and the skill necessary to be a top gun. This program lets you relax and enjoy yourself or push yourself to the limit of what your able to endure. Instructors are great, highly skilled, great sense of humor and no pressure. Highly recommend to any age or skill set.
Don't be fooled if you get motion sick you will throw up!! This was the coolest thing I ever done you really get to do it all best throwing up time I ever had.
Great coaches, great experience, forever remembered!
Just had my fantastic day Nov 10 with Jim 'JR' Reed as my instructor. I'm a private pilot, but nothing compares to this thrilling adventure! 6 missions, 5 G's, a beautiful day, the best present ever from my wife! The first time we went vertical just blew away any amusement park ride you can think of! Thanks so much, ACUSA for the great day and cool call sign!
The best ever. I will come back.
This was the BEST! My instructor/pilot 'Smudge' really helped make it the most fun, exhilirating experience I've ever had.
I got this experience as a birthday present. I can fully recommend air combat usa to anyone who wants to do something out of the ordinary. They quickly teach you what you need to know to pilot the plane against another person. I flew both types of planes they had available and was comfortable doing so. I had no issues with safety related concerns. I had a blast doing loopings, spirals, and formation flying. Not too mention blowing the other guy out of the sky. The laser system even triggers a smoke trail on the enemy. One improvement I would suggest to them is their recording system. They record your actions on a DV tape, which is ok, but it would be more user friendly through a hard drive based system. However, that's just to show it off to your friends. You will have a great time and an experience that will last a lifetime.
Jim Reed was an excellent instructor and the whole flight was more than I expected. Extreme and outrageous! Thanks for the experience.
This is by far the best experience anyone can have hands down. To actually feel the plane move under your control is truly invigerating. It is a must do.
I thought it was great and have talked to a few friends about it.
I've been flying for thirty seven years and thought that shooting an 'ILS' approach in a single engine plane to minimums in bad weather was thrilling. This experience surpassed that tenfold!
Great, I mean GREAT experience! Awesome to actually dog fight over the pacific ocean. Jim and Smudge were fun to fly with. Looking forward to another flight!
I got this for a 10th wedding anniversary gift from my wife and I can only reiterate everything already said by the previous reviewers. It is truly a lifetime experience that anyone will find thrilling. I first heard about this group from a buddy, 'Moon' who flew F-14's off the Ranger and knew the founders - he was an early instructor but we never connected to go out together so it has been on my list for 20 years! I knew from him that it was fun, professional, authentic and first-rate safe. He also sent me a new book called 'Topgun Days' by 'Bio', which should be on every guest's reading list prior to their flight, it will really get you fired up and confirm how true to life the experience is. Many thanks to Bogie, Sludge and my instuctor Flapper for delivering a 'real deal' experience.
Like almost every guy, flying has always been a dream I have never had time to pursue. This was a great gift and I had the time of my life. I got to fly with Bogey who is a great instructor. Very patient and direct, my kind of instructor. The pilots and ground crew where very professional and my general impression of the operation was that it was better than first rate. The planes were well kept, newly painted, and even the quality of the patches, hats, and shirts is very high. They do it right! You do get your video in miniDV which required I get it transferred by a video editor, but I did some research and found they use it because it allows for a very high quality editable file. Don't sit on the fence, get out there and do it!
WONDERFUL!! This was the best gift EVER! The staff was awesome, they helped make this a very memorable event! I have told everyone to try this- thanks for an awesome time!
I had an excellent time on my flight. I felt safer in the plane than I do on the roads sometimes and the view was amazing.
Wow...What an experience. First time in 54 years I was totally speechless! Many thanks to 'Nails' for being a patient and supportive instructor, made me feel very comfortable in the cockpit. My respect for the guys who do this for real has risen 100 fold. This is a must add to anyones bucket list. Makes me think seriously about getting a pilots license and learning acrobatics.
Wow - what an experience! Six very loopy dogfights (pulling 4 G's!) ended in a draw with a very worthy 'opponent' Angelo, thanks to the great coaching from my instructor Bogey. After the six dogfights, we did some acrobatic moves, which were a total blast! Highly recommend this experience gift to anyone.
My Dad had a great time on his flight which was an 80th birthday gift! I did notice, though, that the plane was not the one pictured on the website It was bright yellow with an open-air cockpit. I don't know much about planes but I don't think it was a Warbird. Also, the pilot forgot to put the camera in the plane so we didn't get the recording of the flight. He refunded our $35 but the family was disappointed not to have the CD. Despite those glitches, my dad really did have a great experience and the crew was awesome! I've already recommended the experience to a friend.
My wife & kids got me this ride as a retirement gift. It turned out to be one of the best days of my life. The thrill equaled the days in the jungles of Vietnam. Boogie & Flopper are true professionals even with a cloudy day we had a great time. The 'dogfights' looked like they were on the history channel in their realism. Flying close together and pulling 'G's' is something that is rarely done in the civilian world. I looked forward to repeating the flight soon.
Best aviation experience of my life. You will never do things in an aircraft like you will in Air Combat USA. I advise everyone to take the chance and experience a dog fight, especially pilots.
This experience was exhilarating, terrifying, overwhelming, and highly educational. Pictures and video do not come close to what you actually experience. The four star rating is only due to my inexperience. Next time around, hope to make it a five star. I had no prior flying experience. J18-Tip
Simply put, UNBELIEVABLE!!! Only two recommendations - 1) go up twice it takes a little bit to get aclimated, then it gets really fun. 2) I'd like to see them provide a dvd rather than a tape - I'll have to send the tape somewhere to get an electronic file I can use.
I just want to say that this experience lived up to our expectations. The 2 pilot instructors were teriffic, and knowledgeable. My friend and I have both flown a Pitts stunt plane under similar circumstances, without the dog fight. We could appreciate the differences between the planes and also the experience. At 62, it was just a bit stressful for me, although I didn't get sick, but my friend at 30 would have liked to fly another hour, he really enjoyd the trip.
It was a fantastic experience, I have to thanks 'Worm' my pilot companion, that helped me to make this a memorable flight. I understand better now what means to be a war pilot, I really admire and respect them, take a lot of work and skills to become one of them. Thanks to my sons for this tremendous gift in my 80th birthday, I will never forget this experience.
Great experience!!! Will never forget!!! Looking forward to do it again and again!!!
This was a 20th anniversary gift for my husband. When we arrived for his flight we were told there was an opening so I went ahead and gave it a try. We both had a great time! The instructors were great, very professional. I went up against Keith and we both had the time of our lives. I immediately want to do this again! I came home saying ,' when I grow up I wanna be a fighter pilot' ha ha. We highly recommend this. Definately one of the best gifts I ever had. By the way I won! - Terri
It far exceeded my expectations !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A thoroughly enjoyable experience..the pilot was a definite people person. He was very knowledgable of his aircraft's history..as well as with it's flight characteristics. The flight was fantastic..beautiful weather..something I'll always remember. I'll definitely recommend experiencing it to my friends.
This was a gift for my 40th birthday. The flying was absolutely incredible and the pilots and staff were outstanding! This is very addictive. I would do this every week if I could. Thanks Air Combat, the pilots, and of course, my wife (she got me the gift) :) for an experience of a lifetime. Ricky
Exciting open cockpit ride with tremendous views of the area. A great experience. Pilot was very professional and informative.
This was the best 4 hours of my life. My best friend and I flew with the father/son team and I couldn't have had a better experience. This program shows you what it is really like to be a fighter pilot. You can't find a more exhilarating experience out there (I've tried).
I thought I'd seen and done it all, but this sits at the top of the list of amazing experiences. A must do for anyone who wants to see and do everything incredible. Amazing staff.
I was a fighter pilot for a day in Los Angeles with Air Combat and couldn't say enough great things about the experience. It was the thrill of a lifetime and an adrenaline rush I will not soon forget. I would recommend it to anyone looking for the an experience of a lifetime. The instructors were great fun, the planes were a blast to fly, and I will definitely be doing this again in the future.
I strongly recommend this experience to anyone with any interest in flying. The staff is very professional, courteous and and fun. I had a great time and will do it again as soon as I can. The dogfighting was very exciting. The staff made the whole experience worthwhile.
I am in the danger zone and wish I could be a fighter pilot :) This was unbelievable and makes me jealous of these guys who get to do it everyday... I'm already planning my next trip!
One of the top best experiences of my life and the best gift I ever received. I am a small aircraft mechanic and test pilot, so I do know how to fly, BUT the air combat was an experience that I have never experienced. I only wish now that I was a fighter pilot in my youth. THANK YOU ALL for a once in a lifetime experience (now hopefully again) that I will cherish.
I got this trip for my huabands birthday. He talked a friend of his into going with him and they had the time of there lives. They have called all there friends and told them it was awsome. The pilots were great. My husband was terrified to fly but the pilot put his mind at ease and he loved it. He said that he would love to go back. In my husbands words it was 'off the hook'. The friend that went with my husband is a crop duster and has been flying for years and he said it was the most intensive flying he has ever done. He said that trip was one for the Bucket List. Thanks for a memory that will be there for a lifetime.
Words escape me in describing what a blast my dogfight was, and I didn't even have to use my 'Ralph' bag!!! Great instructors (thanks, Bluto, you were patient with this newbie) and terrific aircraft - Next year......Andy Clark
Air Combat Las Vegas was amazing - the pre-flight, the planes, the flight and the instructors were all amazing. Despite the fact that I am a radical air-sickness sufferer, I thought the experience was incredible.
I am a car club racer and the excitement I got from Air Combat was as good if not better then racing my car. Fantastic experience and I recommend anyone to give it a try. I am going to try to get back.
The experience is much more intense than expected from a prop driven plane. The pilots are very friendly, patient, and make the flight exciting and enjoyable. Eventhough i spoke to 'ralph' it is an experience I will definitely do again. VIFA and FUNGUS were great to an embarrassed but excited dogfight participant. A great gift to anyone who apreciates an adventure of a lifetime.
I had a great time the pilots were very informative and friendly it was a great experience and I learned a lot including what 4G's feels like!
To Air Combat, I wanted to express my experience on Saturday, July 26th, 2008 at Orange County Airport, Montgomery, NY. I arrived at the airport around 8:00 a.m. to be met by Robert “Boom” Powell and staff. We had gone up to the briefing room and had some classroom briefings prior to flying. Myself, I have around 300 private hours and around 800 military hours during my Air Force tour. Anyway, I met my opponent, “Woozle”, and he told me he had done this 5 times already and was in the process of taking courses for his private pilot’s license. After the briefing, and putting on my flight suit, and sizing my head for a helmet, we went down to the flightline and checked out the Marchetti SF-260 planes. Got in the cockpit and started up the engine, and taxied out. We lined up on the runway and took off… “Woozle” and “Boom” were in one plane and “Smudge” and myself were in another plane. Smudge talked me through some of the maneuvers and what a rush this was! I was in a euphoric nirvana high. We each had our practice targeting and kill and then we went into the real dogfights. To make a long story short, I had all the kills but one, and I felt right at home doing this. If I would have known that flying a fighter was like this, I would have changed my whole perception about what I wanted to do in life. But being 60 now, I can’t turn back the hands of time. But if I ever fly like this again, I want to revisit Air Combat. This was a phenomenal experience and I didn’t know how to explain it to the friends and family that were waiting for me when I returned. Lots of pictures were taken and the video provided by Air Combat has to be converted to a DVD, but I will be handing out this experience to many of my family and friends. When we returned to the briefing room for the post flight briefing, Joyce asked Smudge what was my call sign to be? Smudge turns and looks at me and says, “Smooth!” Very fitting if I do say so myself! I just wanted to thank Larry “Smudge” Vidal for making this flight experience a very exciting and enjoyable one. Thanks again for a fabulous time in the sky.
Bluto and the training team made my guy's 50th birthday something he'll never forget. He was the envy of all of his friends and I got to hear over and over how great I was to come up with such a fantastic gift. We will definitely be doing a repeat in the fall.
It was great. I got in 6 dog fights with my assistant 'Nails'. He was the best. If you ever dreamed of being a fighter pilot and couldn't, this is probably a great substitute. Thanks!
'Warm' was a true Air Combat Pilot !! He made the experience even better ! I will be signing my kids up for it and thanks for the experience.
I purchased this experience for Tom for Christmas year before last (2006) we went to Vegas in Nov. 07 to redeem the gift. The staff of Air Combat were beyond professional and were great fun to talk to and spend time with. The experience was one of a lifetime! We were going to do 2 flights in one day but due to an error unkown error (stuff happens), Tom recieved 1 flight this time and will get his second filght this year. I was SO VERY impressed with Air Combat in their attempts in contacting us to advise us of the error and give us the second flight that day. We did not provide a cell phone just home so it was not their falt they cound not contact us that day. After meeting the guys and spending time talking to them I would reconmend this experience to anyone. It was by far the best gift I have ever given and I have no regrets in doing so! Thanks Nails!!!! Maria & Tom
I have flown with this group 6 or 7 times. I have taken all the classes even the airobatic lesson. The instructors are a great bunch of guys and if you want Extreme excitment this is the place to do it. I'm trying to get a lady friend to do it with me. Don't just take the 1st class and stop. Do a double flight in 1 day and see how much fun it can be!Believe me, you won't forget it. I don't know about 6g's but I did 5 1/2! On one flight I shot down a retired Navy Capt who flew Tomcats 4 times. This is not like flying a jet, which are fly by wire (computer assisted) this is you, your instructor and the plane against another pilot. Experience isn't necessary. Again, a great bunch of guys. I recommend it to any one. Thanks for the great times and I'll see you guys again. Jim, Normal and all the rest, sorry I can't remember all your names.