Pilots are the cowboys of the air, roaming the wide-open skies and herding children’s runaway balloons. Giddy up, up, and away with today’s Groupon: for $199, you get an Afterburner-flight experience at Sky Combat Ace, located at Henderson Executive Airport (a $524 total value). The experience includes:
- A two-hour Afterburner-flight package (a $499 value), which includes:
- Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off for most hotels in Las Vegas
- A 15-minute aerobatics briefing
- A 25-minute flight
- Admission to SCA Heritage Museum
- A souvenir drinking glass (a $25 value)<p>
Sky Combat Ace charges a $15 fuel fee upon arrival, not included in the value of this Groupon. Van pickup and drop-off times will be discussed at the time of booking.
Sky Combat Ace’s cadre of 10 professional fighter pilots introduce students to the basics of aerobatics and air-show maneuvers during 25-minute flights. Students pair with a trained SCA instructor pilot, who briefs them on air safety, demonstrates potential maneuvers, and distributes guides for spotting rare cloud animals. After takeoff, pilots help protégés flap their wings through basic loops, rolls, and spins, as well as more advanced air show-style hammerheads, tail slides, and tumbles. Customers ride in the plane through aerial acrobatics under the constant guidance of a professional aviator and the judgmental stares of a broom-mounted witch.
Student-pilots out-waltz wandering breezes in new Extra 330LC’s, each outfitted with an optical targeting system and four on-board cameras. Aerial chariots propel their human cargo at up to eight times the force of gravity and speed up to 200 mph, enabling them to win races against most paper airplanes. While pilots teach low-level maneuvers during all flights, each excursion is customized to the individual student’s interests and abilities. Following the adventure, participants can sip from their souvenir glasses, browse exhibits at the SCA Heritage Museum, or debate their favorite aviator call sign at billiard tables. Customers may also procure a video of their flight at an additional cost.
Sky Combat Ace
Sky Combat Ace gives customers the thrill of a lifetime by pairing them with real fighter pilots for adrenaline-filled flight experiences that range from a full-motion flight simulation to an aerial dogfight where they man the controls of a real Extra 330LC or Texan T6 warcraft. All skybound guests don parachutes prior to takeoff, and pilots maintain constant communication with them during the flight—checking in to make sure they're relaxed, comfortable, and aren't aging prematurely due to g-forces. After touching back down, guests can calm their racing hearts with a stroll through the SCA Heritage Museum.
1420 Jet Stream Dr.
Henderson, Nevada 89052