For the frequent flier in your life, you’ll want to be prepared for birthdays and other times of celebration. Check out these five cool gift ideas for pilots and aviators that will surely send their smiles soaring.
A Pearl Harbor Warbirds Flight Over Hawaii
By far one of the coolest birthday gift ideas for pilots, this experience takes you on a journey through history. More specifically, a piece of history that happened in 1941 and careened the United States into WWII. On a flight by Pearl Harbor Warbirds, you’ll soar over sites hit during the Pearl Harbor attacks on December 7, 1941. The aircraft is just as significant; it’s a classic SNJ airplane.
During the Admiral’s Warbird Adventure—just one of several Pearl Harbor Warbirds flight opportunities—you’ll experience an immersive, two-hour adventure. It lets you relive history as a Naval Aviator. The perfect present for the pilot in your life awaits: you suit up in authentic WWII-era flight gear, receive aviation equipment, survival training, and a pre-flight briefing. Then, you’ll hop into the cockpit of an SNJ-5C for a one-hour flight around Oahu that follows some of the flight routes of the Japanese attackers. You’ll fly over actual battlefields as the thrill of flight melds with history in this unique return to WWII.
Airplane Bottle Opener
Only to be used responsibly on land, of course! This is a great present to match the spirit of the aviator in your life. Made of lead-free pewter and handcrafted in the United States, the airplane bottle opener is one of the coolest gift ideas for pilots. Treat yourself to a cold one back on land!
Vintage Airplane Instrument Coasters
What could be a cooler birthday gift than vintage coasters resembling the dials on an airplane’s control panel? These coasters are sure to add style and a chuckle to any get-together—and prevent drinks from ruining tables! Because it serves a useful purpose, this gift tops the charts as far as gift ideas for pilots go.
A Classic Flight In A Vintage Aircraft
The pilot in your life can ditch the usual 747 for this trip. On a 30-minute Ensign Sortie Flight, he or she will enjoy one of the best gift ideas for pilots there is. This entails a flight over Oahu, smelling the sea air and the unique scent of Avgas and oil. In a classic SNJ aircraft, he or she will listen to the mighty roar of the plane’s large radial engine and savor the spectacular Hawaiian scenery below.
Halcyon WWII Flying Goggles
These goggles will perfectly coordinate with a classic Pearl Harbor Warbirds flight. Take off in a vintage WWII airplane sporting your vintage WWII goggles, and you’ll really retrace steps through history. These replica goggles incorporate a soft leather face mask with solid brass eye frames.
Best Birthday Gift Ideas For Pilots
To throw a truly memorable birthday celebration for the aviation enthusiast in your life, any one of these gift ideas for pilots will make for a great party.
Pearl Harbor Warbirds offers the best Hawai‘i flight adventure tours available. Be immersed in the details of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor and soar above the important sites that played a part in the “Day of Infamy.” Relive history as you retrace the steps of the Army and Navy airmen in the days following the bombing. Fly on some of the same routes the Japanese attackers used into the airfields at Wheeler, Kāne‘ohe and Bellows. There are many air tours in Hawai‘i, but only one warbird airplane flight. Located in Honolulu, Hawai‘i Pearl Harbor Warbirds provides a personal historical experience making it one of the best O‘ahu attractions.
Experience an immersive two-hour adventure that allows you to relive history as a Naval Aviator and fly Pearl Harbor like it was on December 10th, 1941. Learn more about the Admiral’s Warbird Adventure.