Be a real fighter pilot

Come and have some fun with us near Bordeaux with our fighter pilot experience – you get to learn to fly the plane, and then experience a real dogfight! Check it out:

If you are looking for an exciting experience, look no further, air combat is for you. This is new and unique in Europe! You can become fighter pilot for a day. Engage your enemy during a laser air combat dogfight in France. This is a unique aerial combat experience, done over the vineyards of Bordeaux. After a full morning briefing about flying techniques and air combat, you will be the top gun pilot engaging in a real dogfight. Each aircraft is equipped with a laser targeting system and smoke system. Aim, shoot, and see your rival aircraft smoke as you hit the plane. This amazing experience is done near Bordeaux in France. This is organised by real fighter pilots who will teach you the basics and will be in the aircraft with you to guarantee your safety.

In the morning, you get a full briefing about flying techniques, presentation of the aircrafts, dogfight and aerial combat techniques. This is followed by lunch with the pilots. And then the flights and combats in the afternoon. Two flights per person. Each flight last between 40mn to 1hour depending on resistance and strength of participants. Live a unique and extraordinary experience as you engage in a real air combat experience. Each flight follows a mission designed from the start of the flight – see below the variety of missions you can choose from.

1st mission :

The planes take-off within 10s of each other. Tight formation flying (1 to 2m). Evolutions in formation flight. Follow your leader – one aircraft follows the other within 3s, in formation (enables to get practice for future combat maneuvers) – then switch roles
Offensive set-up: Plane 2 positions itself 100m and 45° behind Plane 1: fight is on. Learn to master trajectories and targeting. When Plane 2 is hit, switch positions.
Various offensive set-up are repeated.
Demonstration of a dogfight by the fighter pilots
Back to the airfield in formation flight

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2nd mission:

The planes take-off within 10s of each other
Tight formation flying (1 to 2m)
Offensive set-ups: 2 set-ups are done per person
Face to face set-up
Back to the airfield in formation flight
For security reasons, controls of the aircraft are held by the fighter pilot when in Leader position.

This air combat experience is unique in Europe. You take the controls of the aircraft under the guidance of a professional military fighter pilot. Prepare for a unique mission. Another aircraft is your sight, get closer and engage. The dogfight can start! Each aircraft is equipped with laser guided systems and smoke systems. Target the aircraft, aim and shoot. The system will acknowledge if your fire hit the aircraft. If so, then smoke appears from the aircraft. It feels real. It looks real. This is truly amazing. The team is made of professional fighter pilots, some still active in the French Air Force. Most have been in real combat in Europe, the Middle East and Afghanistan. Their experience is extensive and they have a real passion to share their know- how and experience. Want to know more ? Follow the link to get additional information about this fighter pilot experience.

Video fighter pilot experience. We love this experience so much that we can not resist presenting a new video of the fighter pilot experience.

A dogfight, or dog fight, is a form of aerial combat between fighter aircraft; in particular, combat of maneuver at short range, where each side is aware of the others presence. Dogfighting first appeared during World War I, shortly after the invention of the airplane. Until at least 1992, it was a component in every major war, despite beliefs after World War II that increasingly greater speeds and longer range weapons would make dogfighting obsolete. Modern terminology for air-to-air combat is air combat maneuvering (ACM), which refers to tactical situations requiring the use of individual basic fighter maneuvers (BFM) to attack or evade one or more opponents. This differs from aerial warfare, which deals with the strategy involved in planning and executing various missions. The term dogfight has been used for centuries to describe a melee; a fierce battle between two or more opponents. The term gained popularity during World War II, although its origin in air combat can be traced to the latter years of World War. So you should try to experience this ultimate experience and feel what a fighter pilot would feel, as this is truly awesome!

For anyone who has dreamed about becoming a fighter pilot and unfortunately having to do something else for a living, here is an awsome experience that will turn your childhood dream into reality. Thanks to military fighter pilots in the French air force, you can now take the controls of light aircrafts, learn to fly them, and engage in an air combat. Both aircrafts are equipped with a laser system that triggers a smoke system if you aim right. This is as simple as can be, and so much fun. You will experience G force, and be welcomed by a fantastic team near Bordeaux, south west France. Check out this experience by following the link: fighter pilot experience. And here is a video to give you a quick preview of what’s waiting for you…

Be a fighter pilot for a day!

Be a real fighter pilot ! We have started to have some serious fun with our friends in France, offering real air combat experience. Except of course, the shooting is laser guided, and if you shoot right, the smoke system engages and you can see your opponent smoking, just like the plane would if it had been touched by live amo. The experience is amazing and you will feel like a real fighter pilot.

The program lasts a full day. You are welcomed by the team in St Estephe, near Bordeaux. All are fighter pilots, some active, others are early retired from the French Air Force, but all have extensive experience in flying jet fighters. They will brief you in the morning on how to fly an aircraft, but also the basic air combat maneuvers. After lunch, you will be put in situation, with too aircraft taking off, one baddy and yourself. Your mission will be to shoot the aircraft down.

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That’s when the fun starts. You will be in control of the aircraft in the air, but be reassured, there is a real fighter pilot in the back seat. You will engage in air combat and put in practive what you have learned in the morning. There two flights during the afternoon with a debrief in between, to perfect your technique. This is one truly amazing experience, and it is beautifully set in the wine region of Medoc, which makes it a nice weekend destination. For more information, check out Tematis and their website: