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:

We will start our jet fighter rides around early April this year to ensure weather is perfect for your rides. However, you need to try out this amazing experience: being a fighter pilot. It’s a real shoot them up, with real planes, authentic fighter pilots, and real guns (well, laser guns). This is the ultimate experience, and it’s done all year round near Bordeaux in France. Contact us for more info. And check out the video, it’s truly amaizing!

Testing the X-47B

Are we getting closer and closer to a world of aviation without pilots ? Recent tests have been carried out on a civilian airliner, and more currently, drones are setting up the pace in the Middle East. Now, on July 10th, the Navy moved one step closer to integrating unmanned aircraft into carrier-based operations today, when the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator landed aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). This was the first time an unmanned aircraft has made an arrested landing aboard a modern aircraft carrier. The X-47B completed the 35-minute transit from Pax River to the carrier and caught the 3 wire with the aircraft’s tailhook. The arrested landing effectively brought the aircraft from approximately 145 knots to stop in less than 350 feet. Shortly after the initial landing, the aircraft was launched off the ship using the carrier’s catapult. The X-47B then proceeded to execute one more arrested landing. Check out the video:

That’s a bold statement, but this is exactly the feeling of many fighter pilots as they take on the role and the seat of the jet fighter. Surely, it was said the same of the F-15, the JSF, but apparently they all conclude that the F-22 Raptor is definitely the best flying machine ever buit. See the testimony of Kevin Robbins. Col. Kevin Robbins still remembers the first time he saw the F-22 Raptor. He was driving near the flightline at Langley Air Force Base, Va., when he heard a load roar and saw a plane streak across his field of vision and start performing several aerial maneuvers. He stopped the car, got out and stared in amazement. An F-15 Eagle pilot himself, the colonel couldn’t believe what he was seeing. “This plane was doing things that shouldn’t be possible in a jet,” he said. “I just kept thinking that if anyone tried that in any other plane, he’d be dead.” The colonel wasn’t sure how the plane was able to do the things in the air that he was witnessing, but he couldn’t wait to find out. He applied for and was accepted to the F-22 program soon after. Today, he not only flies the jet, but also leads as commander of the 1st Fighter Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. Nearly a decade later, the F-22 still amazes him. The plane, a modern marvel of technology that’s a far cry from anything Robbins ever imagined flying, exceeds his expectations every time he gets in the cockpit. Even now, the colonel has a hard time believing he gets paid to fly the stealth jet. “This plane is a game-changer,” he said. “It’s a cut above anything else out there, and its capabilities are simply amazing.” Robbins felt this way right from the start. He still remembers his first Raptor flight, which he performed solo, because there isn’t a two-seat Raptor trainer. “On the ground, it feels like a muscle car,” he said. “It feels all clunky, but you can feel the power just waiting to be released. Then, once you punch it and head into the air, it’s like a Ferrari with pure speed.” To read on fly fighter jet.

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.

air combat

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: http://uk.tematis.com/en/182-air-combat-dogfight

 

Fly the Fouga Magister in France

If you are travelling to France, there is one experience you should definitely try with us, and it is a reason on its own to travel to France : come and fly the Fouga Magister jet fighter. This aircraft is a beauty, with its recognizable V tail, but most importantly, it is highly maneuverable and with a large glass canopy, it offers incredible views over the landscapes.

We fly the Fouga Magister from Beauvais, near Paris, but also from Abbeville in northern France. It is very easy to access with flights landing directly into Beauvais airport with Ryanair and other low cost airlines, and even when flying into Charles de Gaulle airport. The experience is truly worth the experience as you will share a unique moment with professional fighter pilots, and become one for a day.

Check out the following video to see what it’s like to fly with us!