Taking a Stearman flight is like taking a step back in time. Used to train pilots in the American Air Corps during World War 2, these open-cockpit planes have become a popular vintage classic on both sides of the Atlantic, now you can fly in one!
Over 8500 Boeing Stearman planes were produced in the 1930s and 1940s, with many being sold on the civil market after the war, often becoming sports planes or crop sprayers. Thankfully, there are enough passionate enthusiasts to restore and keep the Stearman aircraft flying, even today. If you know your planes and your films, you'll know a Stearman featured in flight in both the English Patient and Hitchcock's North by North-West.
On this Stearman flight experience, you will have a pre-flight familiarisation and safety briefing, as well as being shown the flight controls. Then you climb in to the open cockpit, fire up the 7 cylinder, 220bhp Lycoming engine and off you go in this very special restored vintage BT-17 bi plane with the noise and smell overtaking your senses. If the weather is good and you're up for it, you may even get to experience a loop the loop and a barrel roll - hold on tight to your seat!
IntotheBlue offers a selection of biplane experiences in Stampe, Tiger Moth and Stearman vintage planes, please see our biplanes page for more information.
Once back on terra firma, you will be presented with a souvenir certificate of your Stearman flight, as well as a photograph. Our vintage aircraft section also includes superb Spitfire flights as part of our vintage airplane experience.