For years, the Wright Brothers tried and failed to invent a flight simulator that could deliver the thrill of aviation without the danger of gravity. Today’s Groupon honors their failure with a 40-minute Bravo Session military flight simulation and dogtags at Flightdeck Air Combat Center for $25. Wearing a military aviation suit, you'll gain air-force experience on a flight through wonderfully rendered aerial terrains.
Although childhood is filled with triumphant displays that include spreading your arms and running about the yard like a fighter jet, those same actions today are kind of sad, if no less common. Flightdeck Air Combat Center can replace them with the power of theater and advanced mechanical engineering. The Center puts you in an authentic F-16 flight simulator with military flight gear. Experience pre-flight briefing, training, and in-flight instruction from Flightdeck’s capable and friendly staff, plus radio communication with other pilots. The journey into the air and back includes an education in take-offs and landings, as well as fancy aerial maneuvers that will not simulate air-nausea or cauliflower ears.
Located just off the Orange Freeway in Anaheim, Flightdeck is a perfect place to bring friends and find a game-changing adventure mission. There’s a reason why flight simulators are used to train pilots, namely that simulation tricks your brain into thinking you’re actually flying. Engage in aerial combat and live out all your fantasies that involve flight simulation and dogtags.
- I went to this attraction to satisfy my husband wishes. I thought that I would hate it. I found it surprisingly awesome. – kiwigalNewZealand, TripAdvisor.
- This reminded me of the flight simulator games I used to play on my computer, but on a much bigger and better scale! – elvolo, TripAdvisor.
- Flightdeck Air Combat Center is a great experience for anyone who wants the experience of air combat. – Jodi B., Yelp.
The Flightdeck Air Combat Center’s flight simulator has proved so popular that a rival simulation center, Testing Grounds, has popped up to provide a number of other simulated thrills. Here’s a sampling of what you can find at Testing Grounds:
The Ride: Simulated Castle Siege
The Experience: Get ready for historically accurate thrills! Play as an unarmed marauder forcibly marched for hundreds of miles in order to capture a foreign castle OR as a helpless peasant living inside castle walls forced to defend a system that leaves him poor and illiterate.
The Ride: Simulated Rollercoaster of Emotions
The Experience: Whoooah! Feel the rush of your girlfriend breaking up with you before it happens in real life! Just like the real thing, this simulation is guaranteed to mess you up for months!
The Ride: Simulated Trial for a Crime You Did Not Commit
The Experience: Remember, the outcome of this simulation is admissible in real court!
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Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center
"Shake it!" your headset blares as you push on the jet's throttle. Your nose tips, the ground becomes a wall, and you're diving in a last-ditch effort to lose the fighter behind you. Its shots go wide and it swoops overhead, leaving you to level out just as the radio tower ends the dogfight: "Knock it off, knock it off." With your wheels back on the ground, you step out of the simulator's cockpit and catch your friend’s eye: Missed me.
At Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center, aerial battles between friends take place on the ground. The screens of nine authentic military fighter-jet simulators broadcast the same views a pilot might see while soaring at 600 knots. Though the simulators remain on the ground, all the controls, radio orders, and UFO weigh stations mirror those encountered on an actual flight. People may come in with a friend or with a party, where guests and friends target one another during virtual missions, from the introductory Fox-1 experience to the three-hour Viper-1 course, which covers advanced topics such as missile avoidance. After team-building events, participants can even receive personalized dog tags as souvenirs.
Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center also has an exact replica of a Boeing 737-700 cockpit. Inside, a 180-degree wraparound screen transports pilots to airport runways from around the world. Commercial-flight drills present common challenges such as piloting through turbulence and wiping spilled coffee off the controls, testing visitors between their takeoff and landing.
1601 S Sunkist St
Anaheim, California 92806Get Directions