a Vintage Aircraft
Operators which provide flights in vintage naval and other historic
Operators for rides and instruction
See also the Fleet Air Arm and Aviation museums web pages.
A number of museums operate airworthy historic aircraft which an be seen in their Flying Days, vintage aircraft fly-ins or
other calendar of activities.
- Aero1 scenic flights & charter : Port Macquarie and Melbourne Tiger Moth
DH-82 and Yakovlev 52
(Yak-52) Russian military trainer joy
rides and pilot trial introductory flights.
- Air Combat
ride as a crew member in four different types of fighter aircraft - the
CT6 Airtrainer, the Yak-52, the TS11 Iskra Fighter Jet, and the Mig
15 front line Fighter Jet.
- Antique Airways : Classic aircraft charter Tiger
Moth joy rides or fly the Beech C17 Staggerwing
or Beech 18 Twin in Queensland.
- Australian Jet Adventures : Experience the
flight of a lifetime with Yak-52 Flights or BAC-167 Strikemaster
- Australia’s Museum
of Flight - Australia Naval Aviation Museum ANAM : Joy ride flights in this famous WW2
Fleet Air Arm naval airbase and HQ.
- Australian Explorer Tiger Moth Experiences : Tiger Moth joy ride reservations
whilst on vacations around Australia.
- Australian Explorer Historic Plane Experiences
: make a secure reservation for your selected Historic Plane Experience.
Boggles and the Tiger Moth Company : Fly above Robe (SA) in a pair of vintage Tiger Moths
which were used by the RAAF during World War 2.
- Dakota National
Air : Enjoy Champagne and Harbour Lights or Scenic Coastal
Flights with Australia's largest
Dakota operator with seven DC-3s at
the former WW2 Fleet Air Arm and RAAF airbase at Bankstown, southwest of Sydney. Discovery Air Tours is the
trading name of Dakota National Air (Aust) PTY
Ltd. Learn to fly the
Dakota with DC-3 Type Rating Courses.
- Fly with
Scenic, charter and training flights in 1944 Tiger Moth around Caloundra in
- Flying Fighters : Enjoy an
adventure flight in a classic warbird in the Archerfield Brisbane area. Simulated combat missions
in 5 different types of Military aircraft – including Tiger Moth,
L39 Jet, T28 Trojan, T-6 Harvard or the Ryan. Display warbirds
include the Russian Spitfire and former fleet Air Arm Sea Fury.
- Geelong Flight Centre : joy flights and training
in two classic Tiger Moths of the Tiger Moth Pty Ltd above around the Geelong and peninsula area, Victoria.
- Hempels Aviation : Pleasure flights and tours from the historic WW2
Fleet Air Arm and RAAF airbase at Archerfield
Brisbane in a Tiger Moth, Yak 52 or Agcat.
warbird flights : fly a variety of
ex-military aircraft in Victoria, including the Tiger Moth, SNJ-5B
Harvard, Mig 21 and Iskra"
advanced jet trainer - all
available for air experience, training, airshows,
corporate events. Scenic flight around Melbourne in the DC-3 "Melbourne's Gooney Bird".
- Tiger Moth Joy Rides : Fly in the 1931 built
Tiger Moth around the Gold Coast City.
- Tiger Moth Pty Ltd : Fly the Tiger Moth
Ag-Cat aircraft along Victoria’s surf coast. Tiger Moth Pty
Ltd operates in association with Geelong
Flight Centre who are based at Geelong airport.
- Tiger Moth Scenic Flights Of Western Australia : Tiger Moth DX644 scenic flights
- Tiger Moth
: Fly in one of three 1930s Tiger Moths including the unique Tiger Moth
take the 12 Apostles Air Adventure.
Tiger Moth Joy Flights
: 1942 ex-RAAF Tiger Moth flights
from the historic RAAF William Point Cook Airfield and scenic flights
around Melbourne. Extreme aerobatics in our Yak
52 Russian military trainer.
- Warbird Adventure
Flights : Warbird Adventure Flights at Goolwa Airport and over the Coorong National Park with the unique Nanchang
CJ6As fighter plane.
- Warbird Aviation : flights in t26 Trojan or P51D
Mustang from Archerfield, Coolangatta and Maroochydore Airports, Brisbane.
Down Under : fly in the former RAAF Korean
veteran CAC 21 Mk 21 Mustang or the 1942 Wirraway
at Caboolture Airfield, Brisbane, Qld.
Fighters : Classic Fighters offers you the possibility to fly
along in one of our dual-seat aircraft, and experience the thrill of
flying a jetfighter. Based at Weelde near Turnhout. Classic Fighters own a former Fleet Air Arm
Hunter PR11 once stationed at Culdrose.
- Stampe & Vertongen museum
: Stampe flight instruction available through Association
pilotes Stampe at Antwerp Airport.
Combat Experience (BC) : Fly a
Harvard Mk. IV in British Columbia.
Airways (NT): travel to
the Canadian North from Yellowknife, NT in one of 9 Dakotas all built 1941-1942. One served in
the 8th Air Force in 1943, three with the RAF in WW2 in 48,
144 and 575 RAF Sqdns, and two with the RCAF.
Also fly one of four PBY-5A Canso
- Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association : Ride in a
Harvard by the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association.
- Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
(ONT) : Experience the Museum Rides Program in
historic Stearman and Harvard trainer. Opportunity to Crew on the Avro Lancaster.
- Classic Wings Inc. (ONT)
: Training flights with Harvards, Chipmunks, anything with a tailwheel at Courtice, Ontario at Oshawa Airport.
- Collingwood Classic Aircraft Foundation (CCAF)
: (ONT): Offers pleasure flights in its 1943 DH82a historic Tiger Moth
around the Toronto area during the summer months. Rides
can also be arranged in its 1946 Fleet Canuck or Aeronca
- Durham Flight Centre, Inc. (ONT) : Fly a Harvard IV, de Havilland Tiger Moth, or Waco
YMF-5. Based at Oshawa, Ontario.
- Goderich/Wingham Flight Centres (ONT) :
Base of operation at Gooderich (CYGD)/Wingham (CPR7). Training includes flying on grass
strips in a Classic Stinson 108 “that is totally restored better than new”.
- Classic Wings GmbH :
Reserve passenger flights in the classic Soviet biplane Antonov AN 2 Colt. Based at Vreden.
- Biplane Adventures, Wanaka : Vintage biplane flights at Wanaka.
Air Services Ltd : Flight training in vintage and classic aircraft
and scenic flights in de Havilland Tiger Moths, Fox Moth, Dominie, or Dragonfly. Mandeville airfield.
New Zealand Biplane Adventure Co : For Vintage biplane flights in
Grumman G164 "AgCat". Location Taupo.
- Old Mandeville Airfield,
Gore : Croydon
Aircraft Company/Croydon Aviation Heritage Trust/Croydon Air Services.
- Pionair New Zealand’s Classic Airline (Pionair Adventures Ltd) : operate a former USAAF 1943 C47 DC-3
for scenic flights, champagne flights, golf tours, charters, a Tranz-Alpine tour and flagship tours. Fly from the
former RNZAF airbase at Wigram, Christchurch. Learn to
fly the Dakota with DC-3 Type Rating Courses.
- Salt Air Ltd : New Zealand Air Service Operator.
Pleasure flights in Widgeon seaplane.
- Skyshow Centre Wanaka
: Fly Mustangs and the T-6 at Wanaka.
Dakota Society : Sightseeing, charter on the WW2 USAAF WW2 and Korean
veteran Dakota built in 1944.
- Fly Jets : Arranges
flights in a range of military aircraft. Based in an airfield near Moscow.
- Moscow Aircraft Group : Fly a
wide variety of Soviet built military jets. Based near Moscow.
- Incredible Adventures : MIGs over Moscow – Fly the MiG-25 to the
edge of space, or the MiG-29, MiG-25, Su-27, L-39 and more.
Fly from the top-secret Zhukovsky Air Base,
- Big Sky Adventures : operates a wide
variety of propeller-driven aircraft, with an emphasis on ex-military warbirds spanning nearly seven decades of aviation
history. The DH82 Tiger Moth biplane first flew in 1931. Also fly the Boing Stearman, DH
Chipmunk, T6 Harvard, Yak-52, Hawker Sea Fury,
- Incredible Adventures
com/Classic jets :
Fly an English Electric Lightning T- 5, BAE Buccaneer or Hawker Hunter in Capetown, South Africa.
- South African Airways Historic Flights: flights
in historic aircraft.
- Springbok Flying Safaris : providing classic propliner
voyages in C47 Skytrain (with USAAF WW2
history) throughout Africa, Europe and beyond. Four scheduled
itineraries, Southern Circle, Heart of Africa, Ocean to Ocean and Cape to Cairo. Based at historic Rand Airport near Johannesburg.
- Thunder City Experience
: Experience flights in 2 English Electric Lightning,
3 BAe Buccaneer
(the last flying Buccaneers in the world) and
Hunter, in the “western
world’s largest privately owned collection of ex-combat jets”.
Fly in the 1943 SAAF Harvard aerobatic
trainer. Based at Capetown.
Center at Ju-Air : online reservations and sightseeing tour vouchers
for flights oin one of four Junkers Ju-52 oldtimer
aircraft. Based at the Swiss military air base in Dübendorf.
- Acorne Sports
– tTial lesson where you have the opportunity
to take the controls, or a pleasure flight in Tiger Moth or a Boeing Stearman at one of over 10 locations nationwide.
- Air Atlantique
: Air Atlantique is Coventry based C47 Dakota fleet available
for Passenger & Freight Charters.
only Vintage flights : reservations for Tiger Moth flights
around Engalnd(Essex, Northamptonshire, Windsor, Surrey, Berkshire, Yorkshire, Surrey,
Northamptonshire, Essex, Leicestershire, Cheshire,
- Plane Sailing and Catalina Society : Catalina Online : ex
RCAF Canso A amphibian.
- Classic Wings -
Vintage Pleasure Flights in the Dragon Rapide
over Cambridge or London, or flight lessons in the Boeing Stearman or Tiger Moth at Duxford.
- The Dakota Trust : the living Dakota
- De Havilland Aviation
: Home of the Sea Vixen and Vampire – jet flying lessons and
- Delta Aviation : Flying experience
specialists – trial lessons, aerobatics, fly the Classic Tiger
- Fly Magic
vintage flights : WW2 RAF painted Tiger Moth joy rides taking off
from RAF Henlow. Locations Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire,
Essex, Berkshire, Surrey and
Gloucestershire. Military RAF jet flights also available.
Marston Ltd : Boeing BT-17 Stearman flights and lessons. Owned and operated
flown by GM Marston Ltd at Compton Abbas.
- Imperial War Museum Duxford: World famous
flying museum which includes vintage rides.
- Jet Provost Club : Chance for rides and instruction in the
Hunting Jet Mk IV Provost in Doncaster.
- B-17 Preservation Ltd - The
'Sally B' website : flights on the
B-17 Flying Fortress available to members at Duxford.
- Shuttleworth Collection : pleasure flights on vintage
aircraft at Old Shuttleworth, Old Warden Park.
- South Coast Airways : Dakota
Flights DC-3. Learn to fly the Dakota with DC-3 Type Rating Courses.
- Swanton Morley Airfield : aircraft
hire including Boeing Stearman Biplane G-NZSS
- Tigerfly: The
World's Smallest Airline! : deHavilland
DH-82 Tiger Moth rides
Command Ltd : Warbird flying : T6 Harvard flying lessons. Shoreham Airport, West Sussex.
United States of America
seaplanes (MN) : specializes in
custom Midwest and Canadian Seaplane, Skiplane, Tailwheel
training adventures from the state of 10,000 lakes. located
at Surfside Seaplane Base in Lino Lakes
- Aeroheritage Museum (TX) :
Offers trips in historic D-Day veteran 1942 built C-47a Dakota and short
flights at BURLESON, TX. She is configured to look like a
Vietnam War AC-47 gunship.
Wing Confederate Air Force (AZ) :
Rides available in an SNJ Harvard, C-45 Beechcraft
Expediter and B-17G “Sentimental
Journey” Flying Fortress. Based at Mesa, Arizona.
- Barnstorming Adventures Ltd (CA)
Fly Five Warbird Adventures in Carlsbad CA with the SNJ T-6 Texan built
in 1941, spent most of its career in Pensacola training US Navy and Marine Corps
pilots. The aircraft is now painted in US Marine Corps Squadron VMA-331
- Bi-plane Adventures, Inc (GA) : flights over Atlanta in the historic 1941 dated former
USN N3N-3 Stearman which saw Navy service in Pensacola during
Rides (CA) : World-War II Biplane
Adventure with Boeing Stearman or Waco Classic
- Biplane Rides (FL) : fly in the last
flying the 1933 Waco UIC, originally owned by William Randolph Hearst,
from St Petersburg to Tampo Bay and South
Rides over Atlanta.Com (GA) :
Fighter Pilot for a Day in a At-6
Texan/Harvard, Stearman Kaydet
trainer or Waco.
- Barnstorming Adventures, Ltd (CA) : Biplane sightseeing rides, air combat and warbird flights with 1927 and 1929 built Travel Air
biplanes, flights in a 1941 North American SNJ and Beechcraft
C-45 transport. Based at San Diego, California.
- Blue Ridge Biplane Rides (VA): battlefield tours and
scenic rides in 1942 Waco ZPF-7 at Culpeper Regional Airport, Virginia.
- Catalina Flying Boats Inc (CA) : Charter one of two DC-3 C47. Daugherty Field Long Beach, CA.
- Cavanaugh Flight Museum (TX) : offers rides in two warbirds,
the N2S-4 Stearman and the AT-6 Texan. Based at
Claire Chennault, Addison, TX.
- Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom (MA) : Wings of Freedom Flight Experience in B-17 Flying
Liberator and B-25 Mitchell across USA.
Airlines, operator of 3 DC-3s) (GA)- Learn to
fly the oldest flying Dakota from 1938 with D C-3 Type Rating Courses at Griffin, GA.
- Dixie Wing
Commemorative Air Force (GA) : WWII Aircraft Rides Program includes
1945 dated P-51D "Mustang", WW2 built SBD
"Dauntless" veteran of the movie "Midway" and one of
only 3 flying!, Fairchild PT-26 "Cornell", Royal
Air Force "Expeditor", and SNJ Navy Harvard. Based at Peachtree City, GA.
Flight (CA): Ride in vintage historic 1943 built DC-3, and
DC-3 flight training and ground school, at Corona Airport, Corona, California.
- EAA Aluminium Overcast (WI)
: Historic flight experiences in B-17G Flying Fortress
“Aluminum Overcast”. EAA Aviation Center, Oshkosh, WI.
of Flight Museum (FL). Take an open cockpit biplane rides in a
1929 New Standard D-25. Aircraft owned and operated by Rob Lock of Lakeland, Florida.
Command WWII Fighter Rides (VA) :
Flights in WW II North American AT-6
"Texan" fighter trainer. Front Royal, VA.
- Flying Tigers Warbird
Museum: also provides air rides.
Coast Wing - Commemorative Air Force (TX) : Gulf Coast Wing Offers Revenue Flights on their
WW II B-17 Bomber "Texas Raiders". Gulf coast Wing is
based at Field Houston, TX.
Up Aerial Adventures (TN) : Ride in 1943 Boeing Stearman Biplane. Flying from the Downtown Island Home Airport in Knoxville, Tennessee.
- Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum (MO) : Rides are available in a Stearman
WWII biplane trainer (or other biplane) and in a North American SNJ-5. Dauster Flying field/Creve Coeur Airport, St. Louis.
- Incredible Adventures : Range of aviation experiences
across USA. The warbird
adventure with the veteran US Navy SNJ Harvard at Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, California, the Bi-Plane
Adventure at Atlanta Northside Aviation,
Inc. terminal at the Cobb County McCollum Airport in Kennesaw, Georgia with
veteran aUS Navy trainer N3N-3. The Whole 9
Yards- four flights - 60-minute bi-plane ride with the Stearman.,
then into a Varga VG-21s to do battle in a
dogfight, thirdly a flight in the SNJ Harvard. Finally a coastal patrol
flight in The Beech Belle, a C45 transport plane. Flights
depart from Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, California. Also
links to sopace flight training and cosmonaut
- Jet Warbird Training Center
(NM) Rides and jet flight training on the L-29, L-39, T-33, Fouga, and MIG-5 at the Jet Warbird Training Center in Santa
Fe, New Mexico.
Bird (GA) : Flights in a 1952
Canadian Car and Foundry Harvard Mk 4.
- Kachemak Bay Flying Service (Alaska) - vintage
floatplane flights in Homer, Alaska.
- Lima Lima Flight Team (IL) : T-34 aerobatic display
group which focuses on training and upgrading pilot positions. Based
- M.C. Flyers (FL): Fly a Douglas DC-3A
available for instrument and multi-engine training and time building at Daytona Beach Florida.
- Mid Atlantic Air Museum (PA). Fly the only
airworthy former naval aviation Dakota in the world, The US Navy R4D-6
- Minnesota Wing Commemorative Air Force (MN) : Minnesota
Wing has introduced a B-25 ride program for the general public, flights
from Fleming Field.
Capitol Squadron Commemorative Air Force (VA). National Capitol Squadron offers rides to the
public, BT-13 amd L-5 rides.
- North American Top-Gun (FL) : Fly T-6 Texans in air-to-air combat and dual
instruction in “The World War II Fighter Pilot School”. All
aircraft paint schemes and markings are authentic to the years in which
these aircraft served with the US Army Air Force, US Navy and US Air
Force. Air Combat Courses can only be flown at St. Augustine, FL but airtours
- Olde Thyme
Aviation, Inc (WA) -- Old biplane rides in Waco UPF-7
in Seattle, Washington.
Center (CA) : Provides aircraft rides in 1943 Stearman, 1044 P-51 Mustang at Acampo, Ca.
- PenAir airlines (Alaska) :
Alaskan passenger flights in the classic Grumman Goose.
- The Air Museum “Planes of Fame” (CA)
: Orientation flights from P-51 Mustang, P-40 Warhawk,
SBD Dauntless, P-38 Lightning, B-25 Mitchell and T-6 Texan. Museum based
at China, California.
Aviation Museum (IL) : DC-3 Ground
School at Bloomington, IL airport. Type Rating Check Rides in
the historic 1942 built DC-3 which saw service in WW2 with the United
States Navy at the Norfolk, VA Naval Air Station and Naval Air
Station in Jacksonville, FL.
- Sky Fighters Aerial Combat (CO) : Fly Beech T-34s Fighter Pilot Experience, Warbird Experience or Fighter Ace Program in Englewood, Denver, Colorado.
- Stallion-51 (FL) :
Stallion 51 specializes in Orientation Flights and
Checkout Training. Provides flights in one of three full
dual cockpit / dual controlled TF-51 Mustangs. Flights at Kissimmee, FL.
- Tennessee Warbirds Flying
Museum, provides air rides
- Texas Air Aces (TX): Fly Beech T-34s in
mock combat, formation training, aerobatic flights at David W. Hooks Memorial Airport, Houston, Texas.
- Tom Reilly Flying Tigers Warbird
Air Museum (FL): restoration facility which also provide B-25
flights. Kissimmee, FL.
Aircraft Company (CA): warbird rides
in North American SNJ-4 (Texan) and biplane rides in the Boeing PT-17 Stearman.
Scenic tours of Sonoma Valley, California.
- Vintage Wings (GA): Vintage Wings is based
at Mallards Landing, Georgia (GA4) and offers dual instruction in their
1940 built Piper J-3C-65 Cub.
Wright's Flying Service (FL) : offering affordable rides in
original flying circus airplanes including 1929 New Standard D-25.
Flights from Lakeland, Florida.
- Warbird Adventures,
Inc. (FL): T-6/SNJ/Harvard Intro Flights and Instruction on
one of three historic aircraft, one painted in WWII US Marines markings.
Based at Kissimmee, Florida.
- Warbird Skyventures (TN) :
Provides an instructional hands on flying experience in a World War II Warbird - AT-6 Texan and Stearman.
Based at Nashville, Tennessee.
- Yakity Yaks (Oregon) : Nanchang
CJ-6 rides and training and sales in Oregon.
Air Museum (MI) : Flight experience in the award winning B-17G Yankee
Lady, based at Willow Run Airport, Belleville, MI.
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