Learn how the pros pilot a fighter jet during simulated flights; explore a former Air Force hangar with more than four dozen airplanes
What You'll Get
Choose from Three Options
- $31 for a 30-minute flight simulation and museum admission for one (up to $46 value)
- $54 for two 30-minute flight simulations and museum admission for two (up to $92 value)
- $104 for four 30-minute flight simulations and museum admission for four (up to $ value)
After pretend-piloting a fighter jet in the Aviation Xtreme Flight Simulation Center, check out the museum’s 48-plus aircraft and exhibitions on space technology.
Groupon customers should note that those who did not purchase the Groupon are responsible for paying standard admission into the museum.
The Fine Print
About Aviation Xtreme at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
Aviation Xtreme's simulators let land-locked folk fly aboard jetfighters and WWI- or WWII-era aircraft in aerial missions or close-range combat. Aspiring aces strap into the cockpit of their simulator and choose from aircraft such as an F-15A Eagle, F-4 Phantom, or P-51 Mustang. After a short instructional video, they take off into the realistic blue yonder on a chosen mission, which can include an anti-ship mission or ground-attack mission. Each simulator is part of a larger computerized network, allowing friends to go head-to-head in a dogfight or team up to carve clouds into self-portraits.
Aviation Xtreme is housed inside Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, the former locale of the 1930s-built Lowry Air Force Base that closed in 1995, reports Frommer’s. These days, the 150,000-square-foot hangar houses more than four dozen airplanes, including five Century Series fighters and one of two B-1A Lancers on display in the world. The museum is even home to a full-size X-Wing Starfighter from Star Wars and the Harrison Ford Welcome Theater, where the staff starts each day in hiding to surprise Mr. Ford in case he visits.
In addition to aircraft from films, the museum’s space and rocketry exhibits include full-scale replicas of boilerplate spacecrafts used to train Apollo missions to the moon. Others models recreate planes in all their glory, such as the 16-foot Titan II launch vehicle, while hands-on exhibits replicate the conditions of space travel.