Dodge Enemy Fire in a Fighter Plane

Palos Verdes looks different when you’re looping high above in the cockpit of an SIAI Marchetti airplane as some schmo fires “bullets” at your tail. The six-round dogfight is a staple of Air Combat USA, which equips each plane with cameras, smoke (to simulate a hit), and, yeah, an actual pilot to keep you safe. Between the intro and 60-minute outing, a basic package ($1,395) lasts about three hours, with Fullerton Municipal Airport as your base. It’s a straight shot past the Citadel Outlets—ideal for picking up a pair of aviator glasses en route.—MATTHEW SEGAL