Those wanting to experience combat in a fighter cockpit can step inside one of four simulators at the Kansas Aviation Museum.
The museum, in partnership with Augusta-based Nu-Tek Aircraft Instruments, is adding a Sim Adventure Center. It opens Saturday.
The center features four fighter cockpits — an F-16 painted as a U.S. Air Force Thunderbird, an F-4 in the colors of the Blue Angels, and an F-22A Raptor and a T-33.
Participants will be briefed beforehand about mission objectives and the simulators' operations.
All four simulators will be networked so participants can take part in a real-time dogfight or fly in formation with those in the other simulators.
Operators located in a control center watch by video camera and help instruct participants to fly right, left, higher or lower, for example, or to shoot missiles at the other planes that show up as blips on a screen in the cockpit.
"There's nothing like it in Wichita, and there's really nothing like this within 500 or 600 miles," said Kansas Aviation Museum executive director Lon Smith.
"It's not just like flying a real fighter, obviously, but it's probably one of the closest experiences you'll have," Smith said.
For the museum, it's a chance to enhance a visitor's experience and provide additional revenue, he said.
The museum renovated a space for the simulators, and built fencing and a ramp for wheelchair access. The T-33 is wheelchair accessible.
Initially, the Sim Adventure Center will be open on Saturdays only, although additional hours will be available over the holidays, the museum said.
Cost is regular admission to the museum plus $1 a minute with a minimum of 10 minutes, although museum officials recommend a 20-minute flight.
Reservations are suggested, Lon Smith said.
The center will also be available for corporate or organization events.