Just steps from the Wright Flyer replica, there's another kind of aircraft taking off that recaptures the original thrill of flight. Ride or fly, it's up to you.

Choose from two simulations taking off daily on the Museum's Balcony Level. No reservations, no carry-ons—just visit the Simulator Gallery for tickets to board and even control some of history's greatest aircraft.

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Choose your adventure

Interactive Flight Simulator

You control the action! Climb aboard and try your air-to-air combat skills in an F-4 Phantom II jet fighter. Choose either pilot or gunner responsibilities, launch your sortie and climb, dive, and do 360º barrel rolls. 

Admission: $8. Two people per fly. Solo tickets available. (Approx. 6 minutes.)
Safety requirements: Flyers must weigh less than 245 lbs. To fly unaccompanied, you must be at least 48” tall.

Ride Simulator

Take an exciting virtual trip onboard an eight-passenger ride simulator. Choices include Wings, a fast-paced ride through the history of aerial combat, and the F-18 Experience, a thrill ride of naval aviation in a Super Hornet.

Admission: $6. Up to eight people per ride. (Approx. 5 minutes.)
Safety requirements: Riders must be at least 46" tall.