Did you know you can fly a real-life fighter jet in the United States and beyond? There are a number of companies operating aircraft all around the country where one can take to the skies in an actual fighter jet. These rides are no simulation, they are real jet fighter rides. While we may not know what's at Area 51, at least we can know what it's like to fly in fighter jets.

Most of the aircraft are advanced trainers or early fighter jets built by the Soviet Union, the USA, and European countries. The most advanced (and expensive) fighter jet - the MiG 29 Fulcrum is not possible now.

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There are several types of aircraft on offer at different locations, and at some locations, one can pick from all of them. There are locations across North America and Europe. Their fighter jets on offer include:

  • Aero L-39 Albatros: High-Performance Trainer Jet
  • Hawker Hunter: Fighter-Bomb
  • MiG-29 Fulcrum: Supersonic Interceptor (Currently Not Possible)
  • MiG-15: Advanced Early Soviet Fighter

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Unfortunately, the Soviet MiG-29 Fulcrum is only offered in Russia, so that is no longer possible or otherwise advisable following recent events.

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L-39 Flights Above the Californian Desert And Florida

The Aero L-39 Albatros is a high-performance jet trainer that was developed in the Cold War in Czechoslovakia. It was built as a replacement for the Aero L-29 Delfin and become the principal training aircraft.

  • Built: 1960s
  • Origin: Czechoslovakia

It was the first trainer with a turbofan powerplant and was wildly exported. Over 2,800 of these aircraft have been produced and have serviced in over 30 air forces around the world. While primarily for pilot training, it has also flow light attack combat missions.

It's more than just a regular trainer. It is also the jet used by Russian cosmonauts and fighter pilots for training.

Today it is possible to fly this iconic fighter jet in Los Angeles and in Florida. These are the same ones that one may have already seen starring in Hollywood Blockbuster movies like Lord of War and James Bond.

As part of the flight, one will meet the pilot and discuss the flight program and then there's theoretical instruction. While in the air one can enjoy loops, rolls, Immelmann, split-S, dives, steep climbs, and more (like Canyon runs).

In addition, one can even have the possibility of controlling the aircraft under the guidance of the pilot instructor.

Flying The L-39 In California: 

Option 1:

  • Duration: 45 Minutes
  • Cost: $4,000 (including all paperwork)

Option 2:

  • Duration: 60 Minutes
  • Cost: $4,500

 Flying The L-39 In Tampa, Florida

No experience is needed to take part in the fighter jet training flight in Florida. One can expect high “g” maneuvers and basic acrobatics are part of this “top gun” flight. And if one is wondering, it is equipped with ejection seats. The three-time options are listed below. If one would like a different time, then contact them directly.

Option 1: 

  • Duration: 30 Minutes
  • Cost: $3,400

Option: 2

  • Duration: 45 Minutes
  • Cost: $4,000

Option 3:

  • Duration: 1 Hour
  • Cost: $4,500

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T-33 T-Bird Jet Flight in Canada

There is the change to fly the T-33 “Shooting Star” in Waterloo just out of Toronto in Canada. It is the only chance to fly a real jet warbird in Canada. The T-33 is an American subsonic jet trainer and had its first flight in 1948 being developed from the Lockheed P-80/F-80. The last airforce to retire the jet was the Bolivian Air Force in 2017.

The Lockheed T-33 “Shooting Star” has seen service in the US Navy and Air Force as well as many others around the world like the German Luftwaffe.

  • Max Speed: 970 km/h
  • First Flight: 1948
  • Duration: 45 Minutes
  • Cost: $3,499 (USD) Includes Taxes, fees, etc.

MiG-15 classic Jet Flights in the Czech Republic

While one may not be able to fly the venerable MiG-29 anymore, one can still fly the classic MiG-15 in the Czech Republic. The MiG-15 is a jet fighter aircraft developed by the Soviet Union and was one of the first jet fighters to incorporate swept wings to achieve high transonic speeds.

Coming too late for WW2, it played an important part in the Korean War and was even superior to the American aircraft of the day. For its day it was very radical and revolutionary. It went on to be one of the most produced jet aircraft of all time.

  • Number Built: Almost 18,000
  • Duration: 20 Minutes
  • Cost: 2,999 Euros ($3,265) - Includes Taxes and Fees

Flying is fun and one may be surprised by the number of celebrities who have pilot licenses and even have their own aircraft.

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