Gather Your Squadron
For A Great Time
Just as a mission briefing informs flight teams of what lays ahead, these activity overviews are merely a summation of the types of events that can be hosted at Fantasy of Flight.
Top Fun Games
Remember the volleyball scene in Top Gun? Your team can relive this moment as they compete in a volleyball tournament and other retro favorites such as kickball, whiffle ball, dodgeball, capture the flag and more. Your team doesn’t need to be in top physical condition to participate in these games – they just have to be gunning for a fun time!
Flight of Fancy
We’ve all seen the contraptions that were built in the race for flight that eventually led to the Wright brother’s successful invention. Teams are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild as they design a flying machine out of a flatbed cart, cardboard and other materials. Although only one “pilot” will ride in the contraption, which is towed by two other teammates, the entire team participates in touch-and-go activities along the airstrip in their quest for the best “flight” time.
Top Gun, Airplane, Pearl Harbor, North By Northwest – all movies that have memorable flight scenes. Will your group be able to create and act in a movie that will stand the test of time? Teams are given iPads to use as video cameras and fly off to explore Fantasy of Flight to get inspiration from all the great experiences and backdrops available throughout, followed by a viewing and awards ceremony in the briefing room.
Earn Your Wings
In order to earn your wings as a pilot, you have to pass written, verbal and practical tests in the air. In this activity, teams stay grounded, but they must still take part in a series of written tests such as puzzles and clues; verbal tests such as trivia and music; and practical tests that are slightly more physical in nature. This activity can take place at team tables to enhance a dinner event. Or, teams can venture out on foot to find “instructors” throughout the attraction who will put them to the test. The team with the most points earns their wings and the title of top gun!
Teams go on patrol to observe attractions throughout Fantasy of Flight. During their sortie, they may have to identify what is pictured in extreme close-up photos and fill in missing information to complete the missions outlined during their briefing. The ultimate goal of this hunt is to be the first team to identify the top-secret headquarters of the enemy!
On The Nose
Since WWII colorful images have appeared on the nose sections of American military aircraft. Teams compete to see if they’ll be able to find all of the nose art pictured in a handout and state where it can be found throughout the attraction. Next, they keep this tradition alive by giving a name to their crew’s plane and creating the art that best represents their crew – or a company theme – on the piece of sheet metal provided to them. They may even want to create an insignia for “the kills” they’ve logged over their competitors!
Back in 1941 – three months after the USO was formed – Bob Hope led a group of celebrities to perform for airmen. Now it’s time for your group to carry on the tradition. Will your team choose to perform a song and dance routine? A comedy skit? Anything goes – but will your team make the cut?
Teams build miniature “planes” out of the K’nex parts supplied, but the base must be made out of crops – fruit and vegetables, that is! Will they build a Pea-17? A Bell Pepper 47G Helicopter? “Aircraft” must be ready to take off down a runway by a set time. The first one to fly off the end of the runway wins that heat and goes on to fly in a final race.
Teams show our service men and women that they care by stuffing care packages and writing thank you notes for the United Service Organization to distribute. Teams also compete in challenges to win bonus items to make their care packages extra special!
Flight of Imagination
Part of Fantasy of Flight’s mission statement reads, “We all fly in our dreams and when we awake we long for that inner freedom.” Learn how to free your creativity, so you can turn your dreams into reality! Teams enjoy an entertaining speech on how to raise their creativity quotient. Then they put the lesson to the test by imagining and building a prototype for a new product that will revolutionize their industry.
Communication Is Key
Communication is essential when flying, whether it’s between the plane and the tower, the pilot and his wingman, etc. It’s also essential in the world of business. Trainer Dave Mitchell, who has his Masters Degree in Human Resources and is a sought-after international speaker, shares valuable information with the group about their own unique communication style and how to recognize and relate to the styles of your colleagues and customers to ensure your business takes off!