Not much compares to an authentic warbird flight experience. Step on board a historic warbird plane, and then experience some breathtaking sights from the air. How does it get better than that?
We’ve done some searching around the US for the best warbird flight experiences and have discovered some incredible adventure tours that you can take.
Here are some of the top warbird flight experiences in the US:
Pearl Harbor Adventure Flight Experience
The Pearl Harbor Experience is the perfect way to relive history. Your experience begins as a member of the Aviation Detachment – on December 10th, 1941 three days after the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor. History comes alive once you receive your simulated Classified Intelligence Brief, similar to what you may have experienced in 1941, to assist you in your Route-Reconnaissance and Battle Damage Assessment mission. Then execute a Battle Damage Reconnaissance flight aboard the venerable U.S. Navy (AT-6) that many WWII Aviation Cadets experienced early in their training. See Pearl Harbor and O‘ahu from the air as the Army and Navy airmen saw it. Fly the same routes the Japanese attackers used. The sights, sounds and smells of the military aircraft with its radial engine provide the experience of a lifetime. Collect critical Tactical and Strategic Intelligence on the Pearl Harbor attack to aid the G-2’s Battle Damage Assessment, Current U.S. Force Posture, and Defensive Realignment of Hawaiian Region.
Learn more about the Pearl Harbor Warbirds Admiral’s Warbird Adventure.
Superstition Mountains Warbird Flight Experience
Based at Falcon Field in Mesa, AZ, these beautiful airplanes soar gracefully through the cooler months of the year around the majestic Superstition Mountains or a tour stop not too far from the Airbase. During the hotter summer months we take our bombers to different parts of the country so thousands of guests can get up close and personal, and even have the chance to fly in one of the planes.
Learn more at http://www.azcaf.org/pages/rides.php
Florida Warbird Flight Adventure in the T-6 Texan
Strap into the legendary plane known as “the pilot maker”. The North American T-6 was used to train generations of fighter pilots. Known by some as the Harvard or SNJ, the plane is waiting to give you a lesson in aerobatic flight.
This isn’t a mere ride. (Unless that’s all you want it to be!) You’ll spend an incredible hour learning to perform a variety of aerobatic maneuvers. The lessons are limited only by what your stomach can handle. Each exciting moment will be captured on video and by a still camera mounted on the wingtip.
Learn more at http://www.incredible-adventures.com/warbirds.html
B-17G Warbird Flight Adventure
Take a trip back in time with a flight aboard EAA’s beautifully restored B-17G Flying Fortress Aluminum Overcast, which tours the United States as a living tribute to the “greatest generation” who built and served heroically on these magnificent warbirds.
Aluminum Overcast is more than just an airplane. It is a traveling museum and a connection to the past, the “greatest generation” who built and served heroically on these magnificent warbirds.
PT-19 Warbird Rides
Feel the sky as it rushes by you in the open-cockpit PT-19, and the view is incredible. Flying in this airplane is what flying is meant to be about – this is the reason aviation exists, for the thrill and wonder. This plane truly delivers that.
The airplane’s home base of operation, Hummel Field (W75) in downtown Topping, Virginia, offers a unique flight experience because of the beautifully blue Rappahannock and Piankatank Rivers, which are just a few minutes flight time away.
Learn more at: http://www.bayaviationonline.com/pt-19-warbird-rides/
N3N Warbird Flight
Relax, sit back and let us take you on the ride of your life on a sightseeing flight, or take the controls and experience “flying” the way it used to be in a N3N warbird plane. Get a mini-lesson fly the aircraft yourself within a few short minutes. If you’re up for it, try an “Aerobatic” ride, which includes loops and rolls and enough fun for even the most ardent thrillseeker.
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.