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Has Anybody Booked A Flight In A Fighter Jet?  
User currently offlineGBan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3028 times:

I found this website offering flights in fighter jets:

http://www.mydays.de/fliegen/jetfighter-jet-fliegen-russland-usa.html (sorry, only in German)

They also offer flights in "normal" aircraft, but this one caught my eye. I suppose similar offers should be available in the US. Has anybody booked such a flight? If yes, was it worth the money?

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User currently offlineGerbenYYZ From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2925 times:

http://www.flymig.com/packages/special.offer.htm

I haven't done so, but the thought of flying in a MiG-25 at 80,000 feet sounds thrilling!!


User currently offlineAirbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8212 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2867 times:



Quoting GBan (Thread starter):
I suppose similar offers should be available in the US.

I doubt it. Anything that fun has to be illegal in this country  Smile
On a more serious note, I suspect the US military is just to paranoid to allow just any civilians into one of their jets.


User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3845 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2849 times:

I wanted to do it, but then I looked at the pricetag....... Smile Not cheap

User currently offline2175301 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1036 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2746 times:



Quoting Airbazar (Reply 2):
On a more serious note, I suspect the US military is just to paranoid to allow just any civilians into one of their jets.

Not at all: The military routinely flys reporters and certain "special guest" on military jets.

A few years ago someone in, I believe, California was looking to offer similar flights in some versions of military jets (not the most current ones). Not sure whatever happened to it... But, unless you had enough business it does not pay.

The Soviet Union has been offering such flights - and space flights - as a way to raise money for their programs.


User currently offlinePilotNTrng From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 897 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2716 times:

A rather sarcastic question, but I'll ask anyway. What's the chances of the US military charging for flights in the F-14? I am sure quite a few are still air worthy, and it would be a great way to raise funds for our aging Air Force.


Booooo Lois, Yaaaa Beer!!!
User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 6, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2698 times:



Quoting Airbazar (Reply 2):
I doubt it. Anything that fun has to be illegal in this country Smile
On a more serious note, I suspect the US military is just to paranoid to allow just any civilians into one of their jets.

And yet, your country let Jeremy Clarkson go in a F15.  Sad Surely there are people more worthy than him.

I won't be going in any of these sorts of flights, they are all too expensive. So it's something that will always remain a mystery to me.


User currently offlineKYAir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 362 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2683 times:

There is a guy in Russell KY that has a MiG - keeps it at the Ashland Regional Airport. I'm not sure of the model, but I believe it came from the Czech air force. At least that's the story about it around here. I've actually seen it flying over my house. I really should know more about it, but I'm not as "in" to fighters as I am airliners.


Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened - Dr. Seuss
User currently offlinePilotNTrng From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 897 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2683 times:



Quoting Cpd (Reply 6):

Who the heck is Jeremy Clarkson? Anyway, alot of the "celebrities" and media folks that are allowed the privelage of catching a ride make no sense to me. A rather interesting side note, if I recall correctly back in the 80's NASCAR driver Bill Elliot hitched a ride in a F-15 and actually had to bail out. Talk about a 2 for 1 lol.



Booooo Lois, Yaaaa Beer!!!
User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 9, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2613 times:



Quoting PilotNTrng (Reply 8):
Who the heck is Jeremy Clarkson? Anyway, alot of the "celebrities" and media folks that are allowed the privelage of catching a ride make no sense to me. A rather interesting side note, if I recall correctly back in the 80's NASCAR driver Bill Elliot hitched a ride in a F-15 and actually had to bail out. Talk about a 2 for 1 lol.

A very irritating British motoring journalist (and TV presenter) with an opinion on everything, and a hatred of almost everything American except the Ford GT.


User currently offlineTornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2611 times:



Quoting KYAir (Reply 7):
There is a guy in Russell KY that has a MiG -

Also a MiG (I believe so, my military aviation knowledge is lacking) at the Lebanon-Warren County (Ohio) Airport as well, a bit between CVG and DAY. At least it was there in the fall the last time I was down there. Supposedly it can and does fly.


User currently offlineSiren From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 312 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2575 times:



Quoting 2175301 (Reply 4):
The Soviet Union

Collapsed in 1991, if I'm not mistaken. Russia is the only former soviet state I'm aware of that is offering these things. If I recall right, they are selling trips to the International Space Station for $30 million a go. Which, when you think about it, is a bargain... not that I have 30 million to throw around, but... considering the costs involved in jet/rocket fuel, aircraft maintenance, crew pay, Soyuz construction costs... these flights really are bargains. I do believe that old line of getting what you pay for.

Quoting Cpd (Reply 9):
A very irritating British motoring journalist (and TV presenter) with an opinion on everything, and a hatred of almost everything American except the Ford GT.

Jeremy Clarkson hates the Ford GT too. The one he bought turned out to be a lemon, and he made Ford take it back - and then purchased a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder...


User currently offlineJawed From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 482 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2554 times:

This guy does OK until 7g.



this guy had no chance  Wink



User currently offlineMestrugo From Chile, joined Apr 2007, 237 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2430 times:

You can also book a flight on some old fighters in South Africa.

http://www.incredible-adventures.com/capetown.html

They list an English Electric Lightning, a Bucaneer, a Hawker Hunter and a Strikemaster. I think that goes from most expensive to cheapest.

The page also says, "Expect to pay somewhere between $5000 and $30,000, plus airfare, depending on how hungry you are for excitement." So it's relatively cheap.


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8443 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2346 times:
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Quoting Mestrugo (Reply 13):
You can also book a flight on some old fighters in South Africa.

http://www.thundercity.com



After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineFWA2500 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2311 times:



Quoting Tornado82 (Reply 10):


Quoting KYAir,reply=7:
There is a guy in Russell KY that has a MiG -

Also a MiG (I believe so, my military aviation knowledge is lacking) at the Lebanon-Warren County (Ohio) Airport as well, a bit between CVG and DAY. At least it was there in the fall the last time I was down there. Supposedly it can and does fly.

there is also a MiG-15/17 (havent gotten a good look at it) and an A-4 at Hamilton - Butler County, but i have no idea about thier flight status, they may be like the Beech 18 that is there too and are restoration projects that never happened....



ex-OH@CVG
User currently offlineDw747400 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1257 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2130 times:

Several US companies offer flights in old soviet-era trainers and such, but I'm not aware of any that currently have supersonic fighters on the ramp.


CFI--Certfied Freakin Idiot
User currently offlineGBan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 1937 times:



Quoting Airbazar (Reply 2):
On a more serious note, I suspect the US military is just to paranoid to allow just any civilians into one of their jets.

The offer on the German website is for flights in L-39C aircraft taking off from a place they call "Mojawe air base". Would a private company be able to offer such flights without approval from US military?


User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 1923 times:

Hehe, I have (well, I didn't book it like an airline ticket but I did get to fly in one  bigthumbsup  )

Orientation Flight in a USAF T-37 "Tweet" during a summer training program



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