Let’s face it, at some point in all our lives, we’ve cranked up the Kenny Loggins hit song “Danger Zone” in our cars and pretended we were one of the jet pilots from the 1986 classic film “Top Gun.”
With Sky Combat Ace (SCA) now offering rides over Lake Tahoe, you can take your aerobatic flying fantasy from the car to the sky.
What is Sky Combat Ace? The Las Vegas-based company was founded in 2011 by ex-Air Force fighter pilot, Richard “Tex” Coe, and offers flights in one of its several aerobatic planes.
To make it even more of an extreme experience, you actually get to perform the maneuvers. That’s correct — you fly. After the pilot performs the maneuver, they will let you take the control stick and guide you through the maneuver, even the advanced ones that have you spinning, climbing, and diving in all directions.
“Everyone has been very welcoming [in Tahoe],” Coe said. “We feel like we have a fun, new set of friends here.”
SCA has two other locations outside of the one it opened at Lake Tahoe Airport a couple months ago — Las Vegas and San Diego.
“Coming from Vegas, we wanted to try something a little change of pace so we decided Lake Tahoe was the best fit for our next location,” Coe said. “Pretty much anywhere that has tourism and good weather, this will do really well.”
Coe said another reason that made the Tahoe region appealing, aside from flying in the heart of the Sierras, was the location. According to him, it’s about a 90 minute flight from their home base in Las Vegas to Lake Tahoe so traveling between SCA locations is a breeze.
Depending on how extreme you want to get, SCA offers several different flight experiences….
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