Active + Adventure

Aggro-Tourism: Stress-Busting Vacations

by Jason Harper


The bastard is on your tail. You yank the yoke back hard, and the G's slam you into the seat. The jet fighter spirals upward, a corkscrewing rocket. A dramatic pause, then you swoop back down like a hawk on a sparrow, and you're on his tail. Train your gun sights and pull the trigger. A chatter of the cannons and the plane in front of you bursts into smoke. Guess who's buying drinks tonight? Air Combat USA puts clients into single-engine Italian warplanes with simulated cannons and laser sensors to give you the adrenaline rush of a full-on dogfight. On the ground, guests get rudimentary lessons in air combat strategy and are then handed control of the stick. (Participants need no flying experience whatsoever, as experienced pilots sit alongside to handle the takeoffs and landings.) The company is based in Fullerton, Calif., but takes its jets on the road, flying from Tampa to Santa Barbara to St. Louis and Vegas. Suggest a nice civilized guys' weekend with your buddy, then take revenge on him for all his "yo momma's so fat" jokes.

NEXT: Set yourself on fire >

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