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Chocks away for city flight museum (2)

By Cai Wenjun (Shanghai Daily)

13:57, December 31, 2011

The same type of airplane used by the late Chairman Mao Zedong is among exhibits at the museum, painted to resemble the actual one.

The short to medium-haul Ilyushin IL-14 airliner built by the former Soviet Union is accompanied by a photograph of Mao during his first flight on his special plane.

A helicopter like the one used by the late Premier Zhou Enlai is also on display.

Many visitors said the most exciting attractions are the two flight stimulators, which replicate the cockpits of Cessna and Airbus A320 aircraft.

"It is such great fun," said a woman surnamed Chen. "My hands are all sweaty. The entire cockpit moved and shook when I landed. I will come back again, for sure."

There are choices for 15, 30, 45 and 60 minutes of cockpit experience. The 15-minute simulation of taking off and landing in three airports chosen by visitors is 99 yuan (US$15.70), while other prices have not been decided.

Visitors who want to really become pilots can even buy courses that offer academic knowledge and simulator training, as well as real flight training in the United States for a pilot's license from the US Federal Aviation Administration.

There are also courses for children to learn simple knowledge about airplanes and flight, operators said.

The museum on Humin Road in Minhang District is open from 9am to 4pm daily. Entrance is 8 yuan.

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