Fly or ride in our motion capsule (Ride Simulator), interactives (Flight Simulators), and virtual reality motion ride (VR Transporter). Experience the thrill of aviation, fun, and adventure!

Ride Simulators

Choose your adventure and take an exciting trip on our dynamic motion capsule. Ride experiences include*:

Discovery: Space Mission Hubble: Join a crew of brave astronauts and blast off into space to witness the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope!  Glimpse far-away galaxies, stars, and nebulae and brace yourself for a fiery re-entry to Earth.

Wings: Flights of Courage: From the first powered flights to the supersonic speeds of the Jet Age, many courageous pilots have pushed the limits of technology. Envision the thrill of flying along with the Wright Brothers, the Tuskegee Airmen, the Blue Angels, and other daring aviators!

Destination: Black Hole: Travel aboard a futuristic spacecraft through the universe and glimpse planets, stars, and the mysterious black hole, Sagittarius A*, at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Red Baron: Hop into the open cockpit of a triplane and head into danger with the most infamous ace of World War I. Experience barnstorming and heroic engagement in this intense aerial dogfight over European towns and battlefields. Note: Contains sounds and scenes of gunfire and explosions. 

* Additional ride experiences available. Ride menu subject to change.

Interactive Flight Simulators

Fly combat sorties in simulators that let you control the action and perform 360-degree barrel rolls!

Try your skills in many aircraft, including the P-40 Warhawk, P-51 Mustang, F-4 Phantom II, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-18 Hornet, and F-22 Raptor!




VR Transporter Experience

Be “transported” into space and see Earth as never before with our state-of-the-art virtual reality attraction. Our electronic VR goggles immerse you in the action! Experiences include: 

Spacewalk: Leave the safety of the Space Shuttle cargo bay on an exciting extravehicular activity (EVA) as you tour around the International Space Station. Float high above the Earth as you test out a new manned-maneuvering propulsion unit and experience the dangers of working in space.

Apollo 11 & Beyond: Enter a Saturn V rocket and blast off for adventure to witness humankind’s first inspiring steps on the Moon. Learn about the pioneering successes of the subsequent Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs and see how small steps will lead to giant leaps in the planetary exploration of Mars!

Cosmos Coaster: Take a journey at fantastic speeds from the Earth to the Moon and to many worlds beyond including Venus, Mars, and Neptune! Traverse through caverns, craters, and valleys and behold hidden planetary treasures. The universe is yours to explore!

*Additional ride experiences available. Ride menu subject to change.


Tickets may be purchased at the Simulators or Airbus IMAX® Theater box office. No reservations are required. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more.

Ride Simulators:
$9.00 with the purchase of an IMAX ticket

Interactive Flight Simulators:
$11.00 with the purchase of an IMAX ticket

Souvenir mission photos are available for sale for Interactive Flight Simulator riders.

VR Transporter Experience:
$11.00 with the purchase of an IMAX ticket

Payment Options:
Cash, MasterCard, VISA, Discover, American Express, and Apple Pay


Boeing Aviation Hangar behind the main staircase at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

For more information call: 703-572-4160

Simulator Ride Safety Requirements

Ride Simulator passengers must be 42 inches tall (approximately 106 cm) to ride unless accompanied by an adult.

Interactive Flight Simulator riders must be 48 inches tall (approximately 122 cm) to ride.

VR Transporter passengers must be 42 inches tall (approximately 106 cm) to ride. Eyewear and hats are not permitted to be worn during the VR experience.

All rides make sudden movements from side-to-side and forwards and backwards. Not recommended for expectant mothers or those who have back, neck, heart trouble, seizure disorders, or other medical conditions. Participate at your own risk. Other restrictions may apply.