Come visit Experience Flight where you can quite literally experience what it is like to fly and ride in various aircraft through fully immersive simulators!
Take the Controls!
Fly a Cessna Skyhawk through the St. Louis Arch using the Take the Controls! simulator. Sitting at a computer, you are in the cockpit of the small aircraft ready to depart from the St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, IL. After your brief introduction, it’s full throttle for a take off and flight toward downtown where you can attempt to fly through the Arch. The Take the Controls! simulators are the only way you can fly through the Arch without getting into trouble! Skills not quite ready to attempt the fly-through? That’s okay; just buzz around the St. Louis skyline instead.
Take the Controls! is a FREE simulator experience.
Take the Controls! Operating Hours:
Friday through Sunday, 11am to 3pm. Experience Flight will be closed to the public all day occasionally for Flight Academies, Day Camps, special programs and events.
(subject to change at any time, please call ahead to 314.289.4400)
The Pulseworks Simulator
The Pulseworks Simulator, the latest addition to Experience Flight, allows you to board an eight-seat, high-tech simulator that will transform the world around you into a variety of scenarios. Buckle up as you takeoff from the USS Constellation in an FA-18 Super Hornet, blastoff on a fantasy rollercoaster ride through the solar system, get sucked into a whirling tornado or plunge into the deep blue sea to look for missing planes and ships off the coast of Andros Island.
Choose your 5 minute experience through any of the following scenarios:
- FA-18 Hornet – A carrier takeoff and landing from the USS Constellation in an F-18 Super Hornet
- Solar Coaster – A fact-filled rollercoaster fantasy ride through the solar system to see the planets (and Pluto!)
- Riding the Wind – A primer about weather and a pretty intense ride through a tornado
- Bermuda Triangle – An underwater excursion to search for missing planes and ships off the coast of Andros Island
The Pulseworks Simulator is a ticketed experience. Tickets are $5 per person and available from any Science Center ticket station.
The Pulseworks Simulator Operating Hours:
Monday through Saturday, 10am – 4pm and Sundays, 11:30am – 4pm.