There are a lot of ways to see Orlando from the sky – from hot air balloons to private helicopter rides – but if you want a slightly more hands-on experience, you can’t beat Warbird Adventures Inc. Founded by two friends with a dream, Warbird Adventures offers private flight lessons on authentic WWII training planes. That’s right – it’s not just any plane, but the very same planes that over 70% of Allied pilots used to train.
Lessons are strictly one-on-one, but you’ll be seated up front and completely in control of your own plane, with an experienced pilot in back to help you out as needed. The pilot will talk you through the entire experience, but it’ll be your hands on the controls. Flights range everywhere from a simple takeoff, landing, and a straight flight, to barrel rolls and all kinds of stunt flying that only planes of this size are capable of depending on your experience and comfort levels. Yes, you read that right – you get to do a barrel roll, flying high in the sky over Orlando, your hand on the controller and the ground… far beneath your head.
Perfect for pilots, war enthusiasts, model builders, or anyone with a love of flying or antique machinery, Warbird Adventures will even record your entire flight for you, so you can cherish the memory long after you find your feet back on the ground. They also offer helicopter flying lessons, and have a whole museum full of WWII era planes and other flight memorabilia, including a new p-51 Mustang bomber. So if you’d love to get a glimpse into aviation history – or you’d just like to see what the world looks like upside down, Warbird Adventures offers a unique opportunity to locals and tourists alike.
Warbird Adventures flies Monday through Saturday year round, weather permitting. Flight times are scheduled when you make your reservations.
Plane flights start at $250, Helicopter flights at $130 and go up depending on the duration of your flight. For an additional fee, you can get a series of 35mm shots taken from the wing of your plane while you fly, or a DVD of your entire flight.
(hint: Purchasing an annual pass to the Kissimmee Air Museum for just $20 will get you an extra 10% off your flight price and all gift store purchases.)
How Much Time To Spend There:
The lesson time you pay for is spent entirely in the air, s0 plan to spend a little extra time on the ground for takeoff and landing. Plus, it’s not a bad idea to show up 15 minutes or so early to account for schedule changes. If you’re as interested in the planes as the flying, reserve a little time after to see the rest of Warbird Adventures’ vintage planes at the Kissimmee Air Museum.
For more information about specific flights, the instructors and their planes, or just to schedule your own flight lesson, visit warbirdadventures.com