Friday, June 1, 2012

Top Gun for a day in Vegas.

Just about everyone wants to be Maverick (aka Tom Cruise) from "Top Gun", right?  Who can resist the cool flight suit, the aviator sunglasses --and let's not forget the flying.

Sky Combat Ace in Henderson, Nev. let's you pretend you're a fighter pilot high above desert --and you better buckle up because you're about to have the flight of your life!

"Well, I call it the most extreme thrill ride you can do in Las Vegas," said Richard "Tex" Coe, president of  Sky Combat Ace.
His company lets thrill seekers jump into the cockpit of of a one-of-a-kind fighter plane and fly around the mountainous terrain of the Silver State. And if you're up for it, the pilot will let you take control of the plane to perform hammerheads, tailslides, and aerial loops.

"What you're flying is these world class Extra 330s," said Coe. "They are the world's most advanced FAA certified aircrafts."
Packages range from $200 up to around $1,300, with flights going as long as 45 minutes.

No experience is needed either since a highly-trained fighter pilot takes you through a quick briefing before hopping in the plane. After the training session, your equipped with a flight suit and a badge with a nickname of your choice. Once you're in the cockpit, a pilot joins you in the plane and is there to guide you on your aerial journey.
There are a range of packages from the blood-pumping  Top Gun and Adrenaline Rush packages, to the more sedate, site seeing tours over the Hoover Dam and Red Rock Mountains.

"The main thing is to relax and have fun," said Coe. "These are the safest aerobatic aircrafts in the world."
Sky Combat Ace is relatively close to the Las Vegas strip, so here's an important piece of advice before you make that trip.
"I would not recommend a Las Vegas buffet and I would not recommend a three-alarm hangover either," said Coe.

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