Aerobatic Biplane Ride

SONOMA, CA

From: $225
Item #: AIR-SJO-0009
Are you ready for the aerial adventure of a lifetime? Strap on your helmet and climb into the front seat of a vintage biplane for an aerobatic experience you will never forget.
  • Pilots have over 85 years of flying experience
  • Inverts, loops, barrel rolls, hammer heads, & Cuban 8's thousands of feet above the Earth!
  • 1941 vintage Boeing PT-17 Stearman Biplane, WWII pilot trainer
  • Magnificent views of the stunning Northern California countryside

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Are you ready for the aerial adventure of a lifetime? Strap on your helmet and climb into the front seat of a vintage biplane for an aerobatic experience you will never forget.
  • Pilots have over 85 years of flying experience
  • Inverts, loops, barrel rolls, hammer heads, & Cuban 8's thousands of feet above the Earth!
  • 1941 vintage Boeing PT-17 Stearman Biplane, WWII pilot trainer
  • Magnificent views of the stunning Northern California countryside
Location
Sonoma Valley Airport - Sonoma, CA
When Do I Choose A Date?
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Availability:

Year-Round:
Saturdays and Sundays
*Booking times are on a walk-in basis available from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM

April through Early-November:
Thursdays and Fridays - 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Booking Information
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 7 days in advance.

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Feel the wind in your face as you speed down the runway and lift off into the clear blue sky in a 1941 WWII Stearman biplane. The Earth descends below you and you feel the freedom of the open cockpit in this aerobatic flight over the beautiful Northern California countryside.

Once comfortably in the air, your pilot will give you the signal and it's time to hold on. Get ready to experience the thrill of inverting to "down is up"; pull up into a Loop, a Barrel Roll and a Hammer Head - and if you're still "thumbs up" and smiling, you will go into the famous Cuban Eight!

The 20 minute flight takes you over the breathtaking fields and vineyards of Sonoma and the Napa Valley where, from just a few hundred feet above the ground, you can appreciate the rolling hills and acres of green pastures from an inverted perspective!

The 40 minute flight offers 3 scenic routes (weather dependent):

  • The Wine Country Tour - Catch an Eagle's view of a world renowned vineyards of the Sonoma and Napa Valleys, heading east across the bucolic Cameros region to Napa, turn north to St. Helena, west to Glen Ellen the back south through the lush Sonoma Valley. Grapes galore
  • West to the Pacific - Fly over rolling hills and open pastures of Sonoma, Novato, and Petaluma; then head out to the Tomales Bay and absorb the majestic magnificence of the Pacific Ocean.
  • Spires of the City - Drift south towards San Francisco. A panoramic outlook of the Sausalito and Tiburon Harbors; outlying views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands, the circle Mt. Tamalpais en route to Point Reyes and your safe Sonoma return.

Hold on to your hat, because you are about the experience aerobatic flying at its best!

The Aircraft
The Boeing PT-17 Stearman is the first aircraft a cadet would fly during flight training prior to and during World War II. Known for its stability and strength, the Stearman was a reliable primary trainer and remains a popular classic today.

Your 1941 Stearman has been modified to accommodate 2 people in the front cockpit. The seat is 32" across so the seating is cozy.

Essential Information
  • Participants must be at least 48 inches tall and children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please note the front passenger cockpit is only 32 inch bench seat, so fitting 2 passengers is very cozy
  • Due to the volatility of fuel costs, passengers may be subject to a surcharge of up to $25
Duration
20 or 40 minutes of flight time, depending on the option selected.
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Maximum Participants
2 per plane
Spectators
Certainly, there is a picnic area for you to observe from.
Weather Dependent
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the Experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What To Wear
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions. We recommend dressing in layers and avoiding windbreakers as they tend to fill with air. A cloth flying helmet and ear plugs are provided. If you would like to take a camera on board, please make sure it has a strap (leash) to secure around your wrist or neck.
Booking Information
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 7 days in advance.
Cancellation Policy

Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given. Rescheduling is allowed up to 72 hours prior to your experience, failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 72 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.

Is an aerobatic flight right for me?
If you like adventure and the thrill of a roller coaster, you will love the aerobatics.
Can I take control of the airplane?
In the Biplanes, all passenger cockpit controls have been removed to safely accommodate two passengers.
Is it safe?
Safety is always a priority.  For 30 years they have maintained a perfect flying safety record and each aircraft is maintained to meet the highest FAA maintenance standards. 
Can I bring a camera or camcorder?
Yes! But your camera MUST have a strap.  A camera with a wide-angle or panoramic lens is best, but even a throw-away camera will capture this unforgettable experience.  A camcorder is OK as long as it is one of the smaller hand held types.
This experience has a customer rating of 5
based on 9 reviews.
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Wow! I originally purchased this as a surprise for my husband, but when we got there, I decided to join him and I’m so glad that I did! Flying over Sonoma and the vineyards was beautiful, but the aerobatics portion stole the show. It was such an adrenaline rush and an experience we will never forget!
Response from Cloud 9 Living
Hi Taylor, first of all, thank you for being such a phenomenal gift giver - that is one lucky recipient! Also thank you so much for taking the time to share your fun filled Aerobatic Biplane Thrill Ride with us. We are so happy to hear that your adrenaline pumping flight will be one you will never forget. Cheers, Kelsey
Great experience to fly over the beautiful Napa valley with the fall colors of the vineyards below. The sensation of flying upside down and going in loops was fun and exciting. I would do it all over again!
Response from Cloud 9 Living
Hey Dan, thanks for taking the time to write in about your experience, and we're glad you got to enjoy this sensational flight with all the fall colors out and we love to hear that you'd do it all again! We hope to see you again soon for more fun and exciting experiences! Best, Kelsey
This was such an amazing ride! I would definitely go again.
Response from Cloud 9 Living
Hey Sarah thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us and we're so glad you had an amazing ride! We hope you do get to go on an aerobatic biplane ride again but if not we do have plenty of other adventures we can get you out on!
Very fun, they had everything needed to have a wonderful experience and was well run. The flight itself was a blast, definitely once in a lifetime.
Response from Cloud 9 Living
Hello Brent, we are glad you had a blast and appreciate you taking the time to offer feedback of your wonderful experience. Regards, Cloud 9 Living Team
Great flight! Looking forward to going again. This time in a P-40 or P-51! Can't wait.
I loved working with Cloud 9 and the Vintage Aircraft Company! We arrived on our scheduled day early but due to weather concerns our ride was postponed a few hours. No worries though, there was a man in the hanger that allowed us in to explore the planes we would be using. He was very informative, welcoming and friendly. The ride itself was amazing and breathtaking. These companies are great to work with; it was easy to set up rides/experiences. We will definitely be returning!
All aspects of this adventure --booking and the flight-- were worth it. Great time. Thank you.
I treated my daughter to fly with me that was very skeptical at the time. With gentle, kind and encouraging reassurance from the staff she came back stoked and ready to do it again.
Experience was awesome, sight seeing as well as acrobatic portion of flight. Pilot and ground crew were wonderful!

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