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Best Open Cockpit Biplane Sightseeing Ride in San Diego

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  • Location: San Diego, California
  • Duration: 20 - 60 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3273BIPLANE

Take a thrilling ride over San Diego in a classic 1920s open cockpit biplane. Choose from a variety of itineraries covering the sparkling coastline, downtown San Diego or Coronado. While you — and up to one companion — enjoy unobstructed views from the front cockpit, your expert pilot flies the plane from the rear cockpit. Depending on your preference, your flight may be mellow and scenic or full of stunt turns and rolls. This is an ideal way to celebrate a milestone or just inject a little novelty into your time in San Diego.

Head to Montgomery Field Airport six miles (10 km) north of downtown San Diego to board your open cockpit biplane. Up to two passengers can sit in the front cockpit, while the pilot operates the plane from the rear cockpit. Depending on the route you choose (see Itinerary below for options), see downtown San Diego, La Jolla, Del Mar, Torrey Pines, Mission Bay, Coronado or Rancho Santa Fe. You can choose to fly low and slow to capture amazing photos or get your heart pumping with some aerial thrills.

One of the biplanes was originally built in May of 1927, the same month that Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic, and was used to carry airmail. Another was built in November of 1929, right before the 1930 "St. Valentine's Day Massacre." It was owned by a detective agency in Chicago that used it to transport a gangster-sniffing bloodhound. The third biplane was fully restored and looks like it just came off the showroom floor!

Your biplane ride will last 20 minutes to an hour, according to the itinerary chosen. Conclude your memorable flight at Montgomery Field Airport.


Please note: If you would like a separate plane for each person, please make individual bookings for each party. Any 2 passengers on the same booking will share a plane.


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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Montgomery Field, San Diego
Departure Time:
Flights are available from 11am to sunset depending on the season. You must call the local operator to schedule your departure time. Your booking is not confirmed until then.
Duration:
20 - 60 minutes

Pricing information

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Barnstormer Air Tour
Code: BAT

20-minute flight perfect for a little something extra - see all the great sites of San Diego from the cockpit of a Biplane

From
GBP71.32
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Del Mar Run Air Tour
Code: DMRAT

30-minute flight down the coast to the famous Del Mar Fair Grounds and over Rancho Santa Fe estates

From
GBP84.35
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Torrey Air Tour
Code: TAT

40-minute flight with spectacular views along the beach from Carlsbad to Torrey Pines. Real flying, flying like it used to be...low and slow so you can see the sights.

From
GBP103.89
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Surfs Up Air Tour
Code: SUAT

50-minute flight past Del Mar and La Jolla to Mission Bay, then back over the movie star's estates in Rancho Santa Fe

From
GBP120.18
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La Jolla Air Tour
Code: LJAT

60-minute flight with views of Del Mar, La Jolla, Torrey Pines, Mission Bay, Sea World, San Diego Bay, Coronado & Point Loma. Includes Lake Hodges & Rancho Santa Fe estates

From
GBP139.72
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Best Open Cockpit Biplane Sightseeing Ride in San Diego

Open Cockpit Biplane Sightseeing Ride

Inclusions:
  • Open cockpit biplane ride
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking unless booked within 14 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Some dexterity is required for boarding the aircraft
  • Maximum of 2 people per plane
  • Please note: If you would like a separate plane for each person, please make individual bookings for each party
  • Any 2 passengers on the same booking will share a plane
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Maximum weight for all passengers combined is 400 lbs (180 kgs/28.5 stone)
  • Important: your reservation is not confirmed until you call to reconfirm your details with the local operator. Contact details are provided on your prepaid voucher
Itinerary:

Barnstormer Flight (20 minutes): This quick, exhilarating flight provides spectacular views of San Diego's major sights.

Del Mar Run (30 minutes): Fly down the San Diego coast to the Del Mar Fairgrounds, where the San Diego County Fair takes place. Plus, admire the lavish homes in Rancho Santa Fe.

Torrey Tour (40 minutes): Take in sensational beach views from Carlsbad to Torrey Pines.

Surf's Up Beach Flight (50 minutes): See the entire coast from Oceanside to Pacific Beach on this coastal flight that goes past Del Mar and La Jolla to Mission Bay, then heads back over the magnificent homes in Rancho Santa Fe.

La Jolla Coaster (1 hour): Marvel at breathtaking vistas of Del Mar, La Jolla, Torrey Pines, Mission Bay, Sea World, San Diego Bay, Coronado and Point Loma. This comprehensive flight also includes views of Lake Hodges, Rancho Santa Fe and lovely inland hillsides and lakes.

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Local Operator Information:
Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Jorge M, June 2015

Amazing trip! Truly an outstanding experience.

Reviewed by: richard, June 2015

Great Experience that I wanted to share with my wife. Pilot Billy was great and I will be back!

From GBP71.32

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Tour code: 3273BIPLANE