Shenandoah Valley Biplane for 2
Monday - Saturday; some Sundays. Best times to fly are mornings & afternoons. (9/10am & 4/5pm)
- As a former member of the Navy and pilot for United Airlines, your pilot has logged more than 23,000 flying hours in 40 years
- Fly in a restored, open Waco ZPF-7 1942 biplane
- 2 passengers will enjoy 60 minutes of sightseeing from the sky
The chocks are away, you can hear that huge radial engine roar, and you are rolling down the runway towards a once-in-a-lifetime aviation experience.
Fly away to Skyline Drive for a breath-taking view of the Blue Ridge Mountains as you've never seen them before. You'll cross the mountains into the beautiful Shenandoah Valley and follow the Shenandoah River as it winds through the Valley. Then back across the mountains, flying over some of the prettiest scenery in the entire U.S.A.
This trip takes one unforgettable hour. Beautiful anytime, spectacular in the Fall!
The first owner of this 1942 Waco (pronounced wah-ko) ZPF-7 NC32162 is unknown. The aircraft logs begin in 1944 with the note; 'Previous logbooks lost in inverted flight. Time to date; 34 hours.'
Top speed is 214 mph and stalls at about 40 mph. The airplane has less than 1000 hours total time since new and is a joy to fly.
It has been on 'Good Morning America', 'The Today Show', 'Wings' and the Discovery Channel, and was the Custom Antique Champion at "Sun n Fun" in 2002.
For this experience you must be at least 6 years of age and in reasonably good health.
Combined weight of participants not to exceed 320 pounds.
Your experienced pilot has logged well over 23,000 hours of flight time during a flying career spanning over 40 years.
60 minutes of flight time
2 per plane
Spectators are encouraged to come out and watch the Waco take off and land.
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the Experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What to Wear:
The aircraft offers good protection from the elements, so dress as if you were going for a ride in a convertible. If the temperature is below 70 degrees, a jacket is recommended. Leather is best. You should also bring sunglasses and wear comfortable shoes ....cap and goggles are provided.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 14 days in advance.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given. Rescheduling is allowed up to 48 hours prior to your experience, failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 48 hours prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience. In the event your experience is canceled due to inclement weather you will reschedule your experience directly with your experience provider
Can I bring a camera or camcorder?
Yes, a camera is a great idea! If you bring a camcorder make sure it is one of the smaller ones.
Can I do loops and rolls on my flight?
The loops and rolls are only offered on the Aerobatic Biplane Ride.
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"My wife Katie and I both went for the bi-plane ride. Our pilot, John, was truly terrific! He called the night before to make sure everything was still good and called the next morning to warn us of possible weather moving in. Upon our arrival, he greeted us very warmly and we both felt like we had known him for a long time. He kept us in conversation for much of the trip and the way he handled the plane was a thrill. I've been telling everyone I know about the experience and would love to do it again someday. Thanks to you and your staff for making it easy and to our pilot, John, for making it such a thrilling experience. Chip and Katie Adams Severna Park, MD"
"John was absolutely wonderful and very friendly.."