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Sturmtrooper
01-08-2004, 08:23 AM
For Christmas I got a certificate to fly in a vintage aircraft from Warbird Skyventures .
Cool ! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif
It will last 30 min. and will include basic maneuvers like loop , barrel roll and other aerobatics . I get to ride in fly in the front seat ! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
My choices are a North American AT-6 trainer (Texan ,I think) . Or a Boeing N2S-5 Steerman open cockpit biplane .
Which one should I choose ?
I was kinda leaning toward the Steerman but the AT-6 will definately be more WW2-like .
Any opinions ?


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Sturmtrooper
01-08-2004, 08:23 AM
For Christmas I got a certificate to fly in a vintage aircraft from Warbird Skyventures .
Cool ! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif
It will last 30 min. and will include basic maneuvers like loop , barrel roll and other aerobatics . I get to ride in fly in the front seat ! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
My choices are a North American AT-6 trainer (Texan ,I think) . Or a Boeing N2S-5 Steerman open cockpit biplane .
Which one should I choose ?
I was kinda leaning toward the Steerman but the AT-6 will definately be more WW2-like .
Any opinions ?


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p1ngu666
01-08-2004, 08:30 AM
open cockpit will be more fun i think http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

ELEM
01-08-2004, 08:43 AM
Go for the Stearman! Open cockpit taildraggers are the ONLY way to fly!

I wouldn't join any club that would have ME as member!

F19_Ob
01-08-2004, 08:58 AM
both seem wonderful but since u are a fb fan u probably get more enjoyment from the more powerful T6.


a tip from a puker!

If u are not used to flying u should discuss with the pilot how u will get maximum enjoyment from this flight. Much of the fun is gone if u feel really sick http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif


I know a few who got their experience ruined this way just bcause they werent used to maneuvering.

just a few moments of rest if u feel even a little sick will help a lot, I heard a pilot say once.

Hope u will have the time of Ur life mate and congrats and http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gifdont forget the puking bag.

carg0009
01-08-2004, 10:57 AM
Both are great fun to fly. I have several hours in both types and have done aerobatics in them. I think the AT-6 is more WWII like and I'm a big fan of big and loud. The N2S is a lot of fun although not nearly as fast. If you a want a more realistic experience as to what dogfighting was like in WWII I would choose the Texan. I've had the opportunity to do mock dogfighting Texan-to-Texan and it was GREAT! It really gave me insight into what it was like to go head-to-head in aerial combat during the war.

Taylortony
01-08-2004, 11:06 AM
Depends what you want one thing though a stearman wont get far in 30 mins compared to a harvard and as for the......

I was kinda leaning toward the Stearman but the AT-6 will definately be more WW2-like . Well the Stearman was also an American basic trainer during the war, Boeings finest Aircraft to date bar none http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


Ahhh.... decisions, decisions http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif enjoy it mate whichever you choose

rangooon
01-08-2004, 12:15 PM
for my birthday one year, my wife treated us to a 30 minute flight in an open cockpit biplane. upon my thumbs-up instruction, we commenced a hard dive over the florida intercoastal followed by a hammerhead, etc, almost to ad nauseum. my wife and i were screaming like two kids on a roller coaster, but i managed to get slots of the flight on record with my mini-cam.

go open cockpit. be sure... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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capt_frank on HL http://home.bellsouth.net/coDataImages/p/Groups/118/118940/pages/277850/demonsgirlger1.JPG

Friendly_flyer
01-08-2004, 01:38 PM
You are a very luck man! I hope you enjoy your ride, whatever plane you end up in!

Fly friendly!

Petter Bøckman
Norway

JRH147
01-08-2004, 01:42 PM
I'd go with the Texan -

I did this earlier this year and absolutely loved it. Just make sure you bare down and force all the blood to your head just before making the High G manuevers - I got sick because I didn't do anything the first couple of times.

But it was one of the greatest experiences of my life (the flying part - not the sick part!)

necrobaron
01-08-2004, 01:50 PM
I'm familiar with SkyVentures and have considered doing this. Anyway,when are you going to take the flight? If it's cold where you are,I'd stick with the AT-6. I could only imagine what it'd feel like doing manuevers in a Stearman in 30 degree weather!http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Woof603
01-08-2004, 02:28 PM
I learned to fly on the AT6/Texan. My first solo was in it and I also flew it thru basic instrument and gunnery schools. It was great fun to fly, just sophisticated enough to keep you busy and feel you were flying something a little more advanced than a trainer. And if you want fresh air, just slide the canopy back. And it has a great heater if you're up north. Go for it, you lucky dog!

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westcoastphil
01-08-2004, 06:33 PM
My wife gifted me with a 1943 Super Stearman ride on my birthday last year. What a flight. Nothing like looking down at the top of a loop and not seeing a rail as in a rollercoaster or canopy cover (really Wonder Womanly)that made it quite exciting. Enjoy the ride.

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Just_Bulldog
01-08-2004, 09:19 PM
I would go for the Stearman... Real airplanes have two wings and round engines.

LEXX_Luthor
01-08-2004, 10:00 PM
AT~6

why?

(1) I had read about WW2 fighters, but never saw one until an air show and I went up to AT~6, a mere "trainer" HAHA dammit this thing was HUGE. I wondered why did they need strategic bombers for. Anyway just standing next to it I felt threatened by the SIZE of the engine on this haha "trainer." And I had read about this issue of not being able to see in front of the nose while on the ground but I had NO IDEA what that meant until I looked up into that AT6 cockpit.

(2) What did Pappy Boyington feel like when he first met a Japanese fighter? The wild Marine wrestler strained his neck muscles tight like he always did to out~turn everybody else in Marine training dogfights, and the Ki~43 still got behind his butt. He remembered Chennault's advice and dived away. He was lucky he got the chance. You will ask the AT6 pilot to do you a max~turn if that is allowed, or close to it.

(3) If you go StearMan, report over at the Knights Over Europe forum at simhq. If you go AT6, you can report here, at the ubi.com http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

thread closed IBTL

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Sturmtrooper
01-09-2004, 02:09 AM
Tough choice . It looks like your guys answers are split 50/50 .
Quote from JRH 147
"I did this earlier this year and absolutely loved it. Just make sure you bare down and force all the blood to your head just before making the High G manuevers - I got sick because I didn't do anything the first couple of times."

JRH147 , thanks for the heads up . I'm not prone to easily induced vertigo or airsickness but your suggestion is very appreciated .

Yes , I am a lucky SOB . This is the best Christmas present that I have received since that Daisy air-rifle in the 7th grade http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

There are two times of year when the WarbirdSkyVenture thingy will be near me .
Apr. 16-19th and 20 -23rd of August . I guess I should probably choose Steerman in August , Texan in April ?

I wonder if I threw them more money if they would make it a longer flight ?


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necrobaron
01-09-2004, 02:24 AM
Yes,the most expensive gives you about an hour's worth of flight time,I think. IIRC,they also have different "levels" of flying,ranging from just gentle level flight to crazy acrobatic flying.

VonShlagnoff
01-09-2004, 10:36 AM
I went in a Tiger Moth about eight year ago and it was the coolest thing I have ever done, open cockpits rule!

jetset_
01-09-2004, 11:00 AM
I'd go for the TEXAN! Just ask the pilot if you can slide the canopy hood back. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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AIRMIKEY
01-09-2004, 02:12 PM
My wife got me the same thing for Christmas!! I'll be flying the Texan this March out of Lexington, KY...(I live in Louisville tho, and I am a Cardinals fan..http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif )

Airmikey

Sturmtrooper
01-09-2004, 04:11 PM
Cards Rule !!!!!
You had me worried with that Lexington thing , AIRMIKEY , thought you might be a Cats fan . http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

I think Pitino might take'em all the way to the NCAA . Man , they look good this year .That win over the Cats at Rupp was sweet .

Good to see another Cardinal fan !!
I live in Louisville too .


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