If you're an adrenaline junkie, or searching for an amazing experience to buy a loved one, a fighter jet experience might be the best option for you.
While not cheap, they offer once in a lifetime thrills that you simply can't achieve anywhere else on the planet, fact. Some fighter jet experiences even offer edge of space flights and even experiencing a supersonic boom!
Today we're looking at the best fighter jet experiences from around the world. Currently you can only fly a JP5 or L-39 fighter jet in most parts of the world including Australia and the United States, but there are a few places where you can fly the Superonic MiG-29.
Most fighter jet experiences can be purchased online and while expensive, they are experiences you will never forget and those Instagram photos, will look unbelievable too!
5. L-39 Albatros Jet Flight
The L-39 Albatros Jet Flight takes place in Dijon, France and is a spectacular fighter jet experience that caters for groups as well as individuals.
This aircraft was made as a military fighter jet but also played a key role in aircraft attacks. It is popular due to its appearance in the James Bond movie ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’.
The plane is used by the Breitling Jet Team to perform at airshows and passengers are able to experience the airshow manoeuvres and formations in the first part of the flight.
These formations are thrilling not only due to the speeds and specialty moves, but also as a result of the tight plane formation that has aircrafts as close as 4.5 metres!
The second part of the flight is a combination of aerobatic moves and stick time. These moves are tailored to the passenger’s preferences and include rolls, turns, loops, climbing, diving, split-s, tail dives and more.
Passengers are decked out in a customised suit and will given a rundown of the flight including safety information.
The experience costs €2940 and goes for 30 minutes. This price includes the flight suit as well as a video package to allow passengers to relive their experience over and over again.
For groups of 5 or more, the experience can be arranged for a time that suits the group. For individuals or groups of less than 5, there are certain times available.
4. Tactical Fighter Mission JP5
The Tactical Fighter Mission is a thrilling fighter jet experience where passengers will undergo a host of military war moves that is inclusive of a target strike and low-level return.
Taking off from Essendon Airport, passengers will experience speeds as high as 800 km per hour at heights that allow for stunning views of Melbourne.
Individual passengers can choose the array of fighter aerobatics moves to be performed that can include rolls, loops, turn, Cuban 8, bombing runs and more. This allows the flight to be tailored to the dare level of the passenger.
The flight is designed to replicate a fighter mission where the passenger sits beside the pilot and is informed of all flight activities as they occur. Passengers will also communicate with air traffic control.
Passengers will receive a personalised certificate as well as an XJET t-shirt and cap to remember their flight by.
Flight recordings and pictures from multiple angles are also available for purchase on a memory stick for $235. This is a great way to be able to relive the experience time and time again and recordings include all conversations and sounds that took place on the flight.
Passengers can opt to add their choice of background music to the recording that is professionally edited. The entire experience costs $3350.00 AUD and goes for 36 minutes.
3. L-39 Albatros Platinum
The L-39 Albatros Platinum is a fighter jet experience in Queensland, Australia where customers can appreciate the full force of a legitimate fighter aircraft at top speed.
The adrenaline will be pumping as customers experience a range of flying moves that include rolling, looping and blasting through the air as the plane displays its amazing agility despite weighing 4,000 pounds.
These moves can be tailored to the daring and courage of the customer.
Once customers arrive at the airfield, they are briefed on in-flight procedures to ensure a safe and enjoyable flight.
Customers will receive information about the line up of aircraft manoeuvres that are in store for them and are provided with appropriate aircraft attire so that they look and feel the part. All that is left to do is board the plane after a quick recap and system look over, and passengers are ready for take-off.
The plane can reach speeds of up to 900 km per hour and G-forces of +6.5, so all customers are in for a thrilling ride.
There are opportunities for photos following the experience which can be purchased, and customers are also debriefed.
The experience goes for 45 minutes, with 30 minutes of that actually in-flight, and costs $2890.00 AUD. Upgrades for the flight are available for an extra cost on the day such as the flight time can be extended (subject to availability).
2. Russia MiG-29 Supersonic Flight
The MiG-29 Jet Flight experience takes place in Russia lets customers fly this modern fighter jet that was part of the Soviet Air Force during the Cold War.
This has only recently been offered to the public and is the only legal location where this jet can be flown in the world! No other country offers MiG-29 flights!
Pilots will take customers through a range of flying manoeuvres and then pass over the controls to allow customers to zoom through the sky themselves, feeling the intense G-force pressure and strong adrenaline rush while under careful supervision.
Customers can perform action packed flying moves guided by their pilot and experience the full range of motion of the aircraft. This includes breaking the barrier of sound, loops, turns, dives, tail-slides, rolls and more.
By getting 22km above sea level, the plane gets close enough to space that the curve of the Earth is visible from the plane which makes for a spectacular view and moment.’
Customers are picked up from their hotel and driven the short distance to the airfield so there is no need to worry about getting there. After a briefing, medical check-up and outfit change, customers receive a thorough tour of the aircraft, climb into the cockpit and take-off!
There are 2 flight options available: a 25-minute flight without supersonic that costs €12,500 and a 45-minute flight with high acrobatics and supersonic that costs €14,500.
1. Edge of Space Jet Flight
The Edge of Space Jet Flight takes place in Russia and is an exhilarating fighter jet experience in a MiG-29 Fulcrum aircraft, which is the only plane able to fly supersonically.
Passengers can prepare to break the sound barrier as they reach high speeds and climb to altitudes of up to 22kms depending on the weather.
At this height the curve of the Earth is visible below as well as the atmosphere that appears as a blue fog encompassing the Earth, and above, stars appear in a sea of dark sky. It is an amazing sight that not many people are able to experience.
With the nickname, Rocket, this aircraft is one of a kind and will have passengers climbing at a rate of up to 330 metres per second. It really does get passengers to the edge of space in record time.
Passengers can choose from a variety of military style manoeuvres including loops and rolls that the passengers can pilot themselves!
The fact that current military air forces in countries like Croatia are still using an older model of MiG than the one available for this experience, shows the extraordinary nature of being able to experience this type of fighter jet.
It really is a one of a kind experience that passengers will never forget. The experience costs €17500 and goes for 50 minutes.
Where Can I Fly The MiG-29?
Currently you can only fly the MiG-29 in Russia, the last known country offering public flights on these aircraft. With the help of MigFlug you can take one of two flights.
There's the Supersonic and aerobatic flight or you can travel to the edge of space and take some amazing photos of earth, that no one else will ever experience in your friendship circle.
Can you believe this fighter jet first started service in 1981 and it's stll in use today. The first flight from the testing facility was back in 1977.
What's it like to fly in a MiG-29 I hear you say? Checkout this article.
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