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This might sound like a silly question to some, but is it possible to go and sit in the cockpit of a Boeing 737, somewhere in the UK? (Otherwise in Europe, or beyond).

Maybe at a museum or something? I'm building a [currently tiny] home cockpit based on a 737, and I'd like to see how the real thing looks and feels.

I tried searching online, but I couldn't find anything.

Hope this isn't too dumb of a question, i.e. "not possible Jim!"

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You might want to look at this question, which has some links to 737-related data for your cockpit –  SSumner Mar 23 at 0:00
    
Any way to mention US? I'd hate to ask the same question, as it is a good one, I've been trying to find a real simulator for a while –  KORD4me Mar 23 at 0:53
    
@KORD4me: Flight Experience mentions Coming to Boston this summer but not which year or even which hemisphere. :) –  Greg Hewgill Mar 23 at 0:59
    
I did read that, still hoping for something closer to Chicago!! –  KORD4me Mar 23 at 1:00
    
If you're ever in London, virtual-aerospace.com/product-category/flight-experiences/… –  Simon Mar 23 at 11:28
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Cotswold Airport, near the village of Kemble in Gloucestershire, England.

Cotswolds landing strip, has become the busiest aviation scrapyard in the world.

Usually the cockpit parts are taken out before they end up there, but you never know; you may get lucky and they grant you access for a day. I don't see why not!

Chevron Aircraft Maintenance Ltd is responsible for the dismantling of all Boeing 737 series aircraft.

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Be ready for some significant security checks before you are allowed to do this. Remember the 9-11 hijackers took some training in full motion simulators prior to the 9-11 flights. I expect that because of this, it would be tough to just walk up and get access to a 737 cockpit, even in the boneyard. –  Skip Miller Mar 24 at 13:46
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Anyone can buy a whole aircraft if its non functional from a boneyard and put it in the back Yard. You can buy a whole cockpit if you want. One is not actually learning to Fly. –  Tasos Mar 24 at 14:00
    
@SkipMiller nonsense. There will be security, but mainly to prevent people from sneaking in and stealing stuff. –  jwenting Mar 25 at 13:50
    
@jwenting OK, let's see you book a session in a full motion simulator. Report back on the security measures you have to deal with. I was not talking about a trip to an aircraft boneyard. –  Skip Miller Mar 27 at 14:22
    
@SkipMiller Tasos was... And that's what you were responding to. And no, you won't be met with armed guards and a cavity search if you book a session in a full motion simulator, except insofar as most of those are inside the secure areas of airports and airbases and you'd have to pass through the regular security of those to get to them, plus standard corporate security of any facility housing multi million dollar machinery. If you want to take a look at a production line at say Ferrari you'd have similar things in place. –  jwenting Mar 31 at 6:31
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There is a company called Flight Experience which builds 737 simulators and offers their use to the public. These are fully certified simulators and are frequently used by commercial pilots for currency training.

Their closest location to London appears to be in Paris.

I had an opportunity to fly one of their simulators a few years ago, and it was a lot of fun. We spent some time doing landings at the old Kai Tak airport in Hong Kong.

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There are many more such companies. –  Jan Hudec Mar 23 at 11:02
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@JanHudec Can you please name some? –  Farhan Mar 24 at 13:37
    
@Farhan: Unfortunately not one relevant for England. –  Jan Hudec Mar 24 at 16:10
    
@JanHudec: How about in the US? –  Farhan Mar 25 at 12:59
    
@Farhan: Even less:-(. –  Jan Hudec Mar 25 at 20:03
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Bournemouth aviation museum?

BOURNEMOUTH’S popular aviation museum has a new addition – of a more recent vintage.

The distinctive exhibit is an old Palmair jet, a familiar sight at the airport until the carrier closed three years ago.

The Boeing 737-200 carried tens of thousands of holidaymakers from Bournemouth Airport, before being replaced by a more modern plane.

The front half of the white fuselage was unveiled at the museum along Parley Lane last week.

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This is a little bit of an "outside of the box" answer, and I won't be accepting it. I'm just sharing it so there are more ideas of places to do this.

Virgin Experience Days offer 15 minutes of 737 simulator time to newbies for £24.50 in London. I guess I could just tell them I don't want to fly, I just want to "play with the buttons" :P

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