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Open Cockpit Biplane Sightseeing Ride

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

Fun seekers, this biplane air tour is for you! One or two passengers sit in the front cockpit of a beautiful 1920's biplane, while the pilot flies from the rear cockpit. This is aviation like it used to be. Fly low and slow over beaches, downtown San Diego and Coronado, and inland San Diego County, or make up your own route!

Each flight can be more thrilling than a roller-coaster or as gentle as you like...you decide! Book for 2 and bring a friend along and share the fun. Choose from among five tour options (see 'Itinerary' below). Don't miss out on this amazing experience! The best part? No pilot's license required! If you haven't flown an open cockpit biplane you haven't flown.

One of the biplanes, NC3242, was originally built in May of 1927, the same month that Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic and it was used to carry airmail. The other, NC674H, 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, NC4418, was added two the fleet last year. It has been totally restored. It looks like it just came off the showroom floor!

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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Schedule details

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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.

Pricing information

Click the link below to check pricing & availability on your preferred travel date. Our pricing is constantly updated to ensure you always receive the lowest price possible.

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
GBP65.93
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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
GBP77.97
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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
GBP96.04
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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
GBP111.09
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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
GBP129.16
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Pricing information

Open Cockpit Biplane Sightseeing Ride

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 combine is 400lbs (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:

20 minute Barnstormer Flight - Perfect for a little something extra - see all the great sites of San Diego from the cockpit of a Biplane!

30 minute Del Mar Run - A swell 30 minute flight down the coast to the famous Del Mar Fair Grounds and in over Rancho Santa Fe estates.

40 minute Torrey Tour - Spectacular views along the beach from Carlsbad to Torrey Pines. A superb 40 minute trip back in time. Real flying, flying like it used to be...low and slow so you can see the sights.

50 minute Surf's Up Beach Flight - See the entire coast from Oceanside to Pacific Beach on this 50 minute coastal flight past Del Mar and La Jolla to Mission Bay, then back over the movie star's estates in Rancho Santa Fe. On week-ends book two aircraft and 4 can fly together in formation for extra fun!

60 minute La Jolla Coaster - This hour-long flight includes breathtaking views of Del Mar, La Jolla, Torrey Pines, Mission Bay, Sea World, San Diego Bay, Coronado, and Point Loma. Includes Lake Hodges, Rancho Santa Fe estates, and the natural beauty of inland hillsides and lakes.

Terms and Conditions:
If you cancel at least 8 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 7 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Voucher Info:
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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: Ryan W, March 2014

This was an amazing tour. I would do this tour again, the people were friendly and the pilot was great.

Reviewed by: Blanche G, February 2014

One of our best memories yet! Have lived almost our entire lives here in San Diego, and have never seen the city look so beautiful! The folks at Barnstormer were extremely friendly. Would highly recommend that anyone add this experience to their life's bucket list! :)

From GBP65.93

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