Aircraft Simulators at Oakland Aviation Museum-Oakland Aviation Museum (OAM)

Aircraft Simulators

Please note - Simulators on exhibit and open will vary depending on weather, staff, and museum collection rotation.

A flight simulator is a device that artificially re-creates aircraft flight and various aspects of the flight environment. The first known flight simulation device was to help pilots fly the Antoinette monoplane. Whereas the earlier Wright designs used levers for pitch and roll control, the Antoinette used two wheels mounted left and right of the pilot, one for pitch and one for roll.

Most simulators have Instructor Operating Stations (IOS). At the IOS, an instructor can quickly create any normal and abnormal condition in the simulated aircraft or in the simulated external environment. This can range from engine fires, malfunctioning landing gear, electrical faults, storms, downbursts, lightning, oncoming aircraft, slippery runways, navigational system failures and countless other problems which the crew need to be familiar with and act upon.

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Simulators are open only on Open Cockpit Days

•••• Breaking News ••••

   Virtual Reality Comes to OAM   
Coming Soon
Operate Our F/A-18 Hornet Simulator
Simulator can now be operated with a VR headset
Optional viewing on a monitor if you're prone to motion sickness
$20 for 20 minutes - Includes preflight instruction
1100 - 1500 Hrs. - subject to Instructor availability
That's 11am to 3pm for our civilian visitors

FA18 Hornet   1995


The F/A-18E/F was originally proposed as an alternative to an all-new aircraft to replace existing dedicated attack aircraft such as the A-6.
F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine supersonic, all-weather carrier-capable multirole fighter jet, designed to dogfight and attack ground targets.


 A3 Skywarrior1965


The Douglas A-3 Skywarrior was originally designed as a strategic bomber for the United States Navy and was among the longest serving carrier-based jet aircraft in history. It entered service in the mid-1950s and was retired in 1991.



The Grumman S2F Tracker was the first purpose-built, single airframe anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft to enter service with the US Navy. The Tracker was of conventional design with twin engines, a high wing and tricycle undercarriage.