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Thanks for the great opportunity to fly over San Diego on Saturday. A beautiful day with unlimited visibility. A great surprise for my father. We had an excellent time.

- Travis
Flew 4/7/2012

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Hi Bonnie,

We loved our flight!!! I've been in lots of planes, little and large, fast and slow, but never in an open cockpit before. It was just great! Makes me regret never getting my pilot's license....I took orientation at 16, (and tried to do a barrel roll), but didn't get any further. My dad flew B-17's and B-24's; my mom was a civilian pilot and ferried P-39's to Alaska where the Russians picked them up. As a kid I remember her showing me a faded old B&W photo of a crashed '39 where her girlfriend was killed when she landed hard and flipped in bad weather...

My parents were both supportive, but I guess school and sports and work and marriage got in the way, and now I'm just not healthy enough anymore to try. I've got MS, and it's just not any fun.

We'll be back! Alejandra got over her jitters, and loved it too. (We all knew she would). In fact, on the way home, she said , "I could've gone for a little more action......" What a difference a few minutes in the air makes!!! I think next time your guys would be more than happy to oblige her. I kinda wish your Texan had side-by-side seating too; that's a fun ride!

We'll see you again soon; maybe during the holidays. Till then, take care!

Kevin
Flew 10/22/2011

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Hi Bonnie,

Well, we understand that one of Brian's colleagues, Richard, and his daughter, Corrin, made one of the adventure flights!!!!! We were so excited to know that someone we know got to experience the thrill that Brian and Benjamin did! Hip, hip, hooray!!!! We just wanted to thank you again for providing such a fantastic opportunity to so many people. We've been posting pics and videos on Face Book and telling folks they simply must enjoy this most unique attraction while in San Diego. Also, rest assured that we are working on our tripadvisor.com review. It will be our great pleasure to cheerlead your fabulous business. Extend our gratitude to Chuck and Travis, as well!!!

With grateful hearts, It's us,

Brian, Jennifer, and Benjamin H.

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Thanks for an amazing ride!! Some pics for your gallery! Will be seeing
you again!

Rosemarie P.

     La Jolla, CA           Enjoyed the flight!

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Hi,

We had a great Halloween flight today.

Thanks for a fun time.

Ron


Photo by Ron Baker



Photo by Ron Baker
Photos by Ron Baker
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Hi Folks:

I want to offer a sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of you at Barnstorming Adventures and in particular to CAPT David Vopat, the pilot who flew my wife Beck (and in spirit, her grandfather) in the SNJ-4 a couple weeks back. Her having that experience was so important in having at least a small snippet of what her grandad's USAAC aviation career was like so many years ago. He's been gone for a few years now, but Beck now has a similar memory having flown the SNJ-4 with CAPT Vopat at the controls.

Joel
Rosemount, MN
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Bonnie and Bill,

My girlfriend, Danae, and I were in San Diego last weekend, and had the pleasure of enjoying a 30-min bi-plane flight with Bill. What an amazing experience!!! This was the highlight of our trip. Our pilot, Bill, was fantastic and made the flight even more enjoyable.

What a fantastic way to see San Diego and the coast!! Pictures don't do justice to what you experience 1st hand.

We will definitely recommend Barnstorming to our friends and will hopefully be back for a second ride!

I've attached a few pictures of us and from our flight. Please feel free to use these should you so desire.

Thanks again for a wonderful experience!

Randy & Danae

      Passengers Feb. 2010

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Hello Bonnie and Crew:

My husband and I had the pleasure of a 40 minute biplane ride of Friday. Greatest experience of our lives. What a way to see San Diego! Hope to visit again in the next 2 years and can not wait to fly with you again.

Jeff and Michelle
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Hi,

This is Courtney, I went for a biplane ride on Tuesday. I just wanted to say thanks again for such a fantastic ride!

Bonnie, it was very nice meeting you. You have an awesome job! My mom sends her regards as well. She enjoyed talking to you while I was in the air. I hope to do some more flights with you guys in the future.

Glenn, what can I say...I had no fears with you up there (which is a bold thing to admit! Haha!) and you made my flight so much fun. Thanks again for your jokes and keeping us afloat! Hopefully we will ride again.

All my thoughts were frozen that day; everything in my life felt at peace up in the sky during those moments.

Thanks again and a big cheers to you all,

Courtney

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Hello Bonnie / Sam & the whole Barnstorming team,

We are back in Belgium since a few days after our 3 week road trip thru California.
I quite enjoyed Yosemite, the Grand Canyon etc. But the real highlight for me was the Warbird flight !!

It was absolutely amazing, one of the coolest things I've ever done in my life. "Vintage" Vic was a great pilot ! he controlled the T6 really well and I was amazed how he still could do all these aerobatics , pulling G-forces, at his age ( no offence ). Please thank Vic again from us.

I don't see myself coming back to the US soon, but if I do I will sure visit you guys again for another flight. and then it'll be the 60min one. I added some pictures to this mail.

Take care guys,

Roel.

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Hi,

I really enjoyed the ride in the biplane I took. My pilot Glenn was the best. I already knew alot about the plane so was nothing new to me - just never flew in one and boy can it fly. I am so glad you fly them as most of the time I would never get a chance to fly in one as very few offer rides. This was the best part of my trip to celebrate my 50th Birthday. What else can a say but wow what a ride. I will never forget the trip back in time I took on your plane and the feeling of flying in the oldest plane I have ever flown. Hard to put in words the way it feels. I told my friends you must try it and have given them all you web address so you may see more people there in the near future, including me the next time I come to San Diego, CA.

Thanks alot Jim Goddard
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Hello,

I just had two of the greatest experiences ever! I took a biplane ride and a warbird ride at Barnstorming Adventures. Thanks for making my dreams come true. The staff was outstanding and the views were incredible. I sent pictures to all my kids and grandkids. They can't believe I did it.

Bonnie
San Diego, CA
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Good Afternoon!

This past weekend, my boyfriend and I enjoyed a biplane ride for two. We just wanted to thank you for your graciousness and friendliness. We had such an amazing time, definitely an unforgettable experience. We will definitely recommend Barnstorming to our friends and will hopefully be back
for a second ride! 

Thank you!
Brooke S.
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My wife purchased the Warbird flight for my birthday and it was one of the best gifts I've received. I wanted to thank you for the awesome experience I had flying in the SNJ-4 Texan with "Hobbs" this past weekend. It was a dream come true to fly in this historical plane and experience the same maneuvers like barrel rolling, dive bombing and upside-down loops that fighter pilots of WWII and beyond performed. It was also an amazing experience to open the canopy and take the controls
while we flew along the beautiful coastline. I never would have imagined doing that in my lifetime! On top of all that, we were treated very warmly by your staff and it was obvious that their main mission is to make this the best possible experience for you. I have recommended your company to many of my family and friends already and will continue to do so. Thank you!

Jason Hovey

I just returned from a great flight this afternoon with "Hobbs" in the SNJ-4 and I have to say it was the BEST airplane ride I have ever had. The view from 8000' was fantastic, especially when we were upside down during the 4point roll and the loop. I am sure that Hobbs would have liked to spin for the entire flight, but flying straight and level was fine with me. I hope to do this again soon.

Trent Rosenlieb

I just got home from a flight with Vintage Vic and want to tell you how much I enjoyed the trip. I hadn't been at the controls for twenty years and it felt SOOO GOOD! Vick allowed me to do some flying and then showed me a coup[le of maneuvers that I didn't have the courage to try myself. I thouroughly enjoyed myself. I've always abeen in love with open cockpit biplanes, particularly TravelAirs and Stearmans. The flight convinced me that I want a TravelAir of my own. Now to find a way to afford it.

Dick Winn

I wanted to pass on my extreme gratitude and thanks to GED and Hobbs and your whole staff for giving me the ride of a lifetime last Saturday. I flew the Top Dog Air Combat and came away with the overriding impression that I can't wait to do it again! I've been pimping all my friends on you guys in the hopes that I can coerce one of them into flying with/against me.

I had wanted to be a fighter pilot since I was 9 years old, but less-than-perfect eyes put the kibosh on that dream. That means this is as close as I'm ever going to get to Doing It, but considering how addictive it was I might end up becoming a regular customer! (Do you accure frequent flyer miles?)

Through it all, GED and Hobbs (my pilot) were extremely professional, courteous, funny and above all enthusiastic. I got a real sense that this is every bit as fun for them as it is for the customers.... and it was immensely fun for me, so that's saying something.

One final note: GED called my snap shot in our third engagement out of envelope, but Hobbs and I both thought it was a good kill. I suppose in this instance I shall defer to GED's so-called 'experience' as a for-real fighter pilot. Whatever.

Thank you all again for an amazing time. I'm sure I'll be seeing you all again, sooner rather than later.

I leave you with this question: If a real fighter pilot is a knight of the sky, does that make a wannabe like me a squire?

Best,
Matt "Greay" Snyder

We just wanted to thank you once again for the sensational time we had in the air this past Labor Day. It was the best birthday Mike has had in years. Not long ago, around the time of his 30th birthday, Mike lost his mother to cancer. Since then, he has not been able to celebrate the day without mourning the loss of his mother. Thus, in an attempt to turn this around and help him rediscover the excitement he once had in his life, I booked a flight with you. And surely enough, your company did just that. Everyone was so gracious and Chuck was absolutely amazing! With his talent, charisma, and kindness, he showed us once again how exhilarating it feels to live life to the fullest. THANK YOU for making our day, week, month, and year!!! We had a glorious time and look forward to visiting you again...soon...real soon. Until then, take care and God Bless!

Yours truly,
Wingnuts Chris and Mike

I just can't put into words how wonderful my flight was with Vic in the SNJ, but I will try. The first thing was thinking of the brave pilots who fought in WW II and who may have actually trained in the very same aircraft I was riding in. So much history. This was especially poignant as I looked out over the Pacific from 4,000 feet on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. As a retired Navy man myself, I got a little choked up imaging planes similar to the one I was in battling over the very same ocean below me. I was honored to be able to share the cockpit with those fighting ghosts of the past.

After turning inland I was offered the controls. Now flying an airplane, not just flying in a plane, has always been one of my dreams. I LOVED IT! We had very smooth air and the SNJ was such a stable and responsive girl, it was my dream and I was living it.

Now having immersed myself in the emotions, history and realizing my dream, I thought could this get any better?

IT DID!!!

At this point, Vic announced it was time for some "maneuvers" and said I was welcome to follow along on the controls. I declined the control offer (A bit chicken on my first flight) but gave Vic an enthusiastic YES on the acrobatics.

I wish I could describe it!! We went up, down, over, under and everything in between!!! I thought before the flight that this might be a little too much for me but the combination of a wonderful plane and Vic's skilled airmanship I was never afraid and experienced such a state of joy I was practically in tears!! So you could imagine my response when Vic asked if we wanted to do even more "advanced" maneuvers!!!! I can not describe it! I don't think even a video could of captured the moment.

After the thrilling acrobatics, we did a few simulated strafing runs at low altitude. That was when you really knew you were hauling butt!!!!!

Again Vic showed his experience and skill. But alas, it was time to head back to the ranch. Vic greased the old SNJ in smoother than any "tube" (my slang for a commercial airliner) I have flown in and taxied right up to my awaiting family, who were very much relieved I was back in one piece.

Honestly, and I know this is a little long, but with all the worries and stress in life (I am the father of a 16 year old daughter who just started driving), for a few precious moments, soaring above the earth, I forgot all those worries and experienced true joy.

THANK YOU ALL for such a wonderful time! Take Care and hope to see you again soon.

Dan

Good Day to you! I wanted to forward to you the review my husband sent to "All San Diego Tours" about his Discovery Fight experience with Brandon. It was amazing, to say the least! Also, I wanted to let you know that your staff was also wonderful to me while I sat and waited - very friendly and informative!

Have a blessed day - jenni and jairo molina

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"The Discovery Tour was a "Welcome Home from Iraq" gift from my wife - AMAZING! My pilot, Brandon, first sat me down and explained to me the how the plane moves and why, as well as what we will be doing up in the air - what commands to look for from him while I fly MYSELF and what to expect from certain manuevers he would complete. He kindly answered all of my questions, both simple and complex. While at the planes side, Brandon showed me a brief pre-take off check of the plane. While up the in air, Brandon always made sure I was comfortable with the flight and that I understood his instructions - the flight was completely AWESOME - a once in a lifetime treat!!! When we returned to the hanger, Brandon and Lou (another pilot) took the time to talk to me about other flying issues, such as getting a pilot's license and where to fly near San Diego - they gave me great resources to check out on-line and encouraged me to follow my dream of getting my pilot's license!!! Thank you Barnstorming!!!!! I hope to see you again soon - up the air!!!

As much as I enjoyed the flight the best part was the big grin on David's face. He hadn't really smiled about anything for a while; anticipation of surgery is sometimes worse than the real thing. That weekend he had two reasons to smile. We started the day at Legoland with some of the characters from Star Wars. We finished the day with you and a biplane ride that was just fantastic. I think you folks should advertise your flights as "Just as exciting as Star Wars!".

Thanks again for the memories and the smiles.

All I can say is "AWESOME"!!!

We both loved our sunset flight and will pass the word among friends and family. Not only were Steve and I impressed with nature (whale watching from the air!), but we were equally amazed by your operation. My husband's comment when we got back to the car sums up our barnstorming experience: "Now that's what I call a perfect birthday present!!"

Thanks again & happy flying, Becky Moore

Can't say enough. You've heard all of the good reactions about the flights; let me tell you about the personal contacts. From Susan (on the phone, making the reservation), to the gals at the flight office, even the two dogs were nice to me.

Can't say enough about Ken, the SNJ-4 pilot; Patient and understanding along with thorough, come to mind.

My flight was Saturday, 23 February 40 minutes. Plus aerobatics.

I recorded the sounds on mini-disk and transferred it to tape cassette so I can relive it. Enclosed is your copy.

John Cronin, Whittier, CA

Thank you so much for treating our children to your biplanes this morning. The "Colonel" was very kind to share his time with us and introduce the fun of aviation to our little ones. We had such a great time! Thanks Again.

Best, Christine Fuentes

P.S. - I will email pictures ASAP!

Words can't express how absolutely awesome and fabulous our entire experience with all of you and your company has been. From the first email down to the last conversation with Tom outside of the Hangar after our ride; it was all incredible! I've never seen a group of people more accommodating in every way! Donnya, you were so incredible and really personalized the whole experience on the ground. I can't thank you enough for customizing our "Sentimental Journey" package to fit our 6th anniversary. Then?.the way Tom and Brian went out of their way to comfort my fears and tell us stories. I felt like we were all old friends!!! Great Feeling! I'm sorry that we couldn't have gone on the Beach Belle, but not really?.not after having the awesome experience of flying in the biplane with Eric? who was also wonderful! I'm equally as thrilled over the great photo I shot of him without even looking back? holding the camera over my head. It was funny? he said a little bit higher as he smiled right into the lens! Lo and behold, a perfectly centered shot!!

Then, as if our experience with you guys wasn't enough? there was dinner. I joked to Carl that they'll probably be seating us by the kitchen?since we weren't "regular customers." But to my surprise, the manager came over to ask how our flight was, than our waiter quipped with us before dinner. I mentioned it was our 6th anniversary and for dessert they brought out these beautiful plates that both read Happy 6th Anniversary written in chocolate with a lit candle on each plate. The food, every bit of it and the service was better than I have ever had!!! Brandon was wonderful.

You guys are brilliant offering such and incredible package. But you must already know all this, I can't say enough good things about the whole experience and to say the least it was a wonderful surprise for Carl and we both had the best time! We came away with over two dozen amazing photos of the whole experience. I will recommend you guys highly to everyone who asks? and even those who don't ask.

I've enclosed two photos of Eric; one is for him? and a few extra great shots. We look forward to getting our poster in the mail, and if you haven't mailed it yet, I think you should all sign it!

Thanks for the time of our lives! We'll be back?

Love and appreciation, Wendy and Carl

All I can say is WOW! Thank you for giving me one of the most thrilling and exciting adventures of my life. Gunner & Boggles were exceptional pilots. I can think of no better father/son bonding experience. Once again thank you for everything.

Adam

John Clayton here with a sort of WW II story for today's show that might feature the sounds of those two great fighters, the Mustang and Spitfire. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to enjoy some of that era's romance, you can do it with a wonderful company in San Diego called "Biplane, Air Combat and Warbird Adventures," online at barnstorming.com or at 1-800-759-5667. This unique company has a C-45 for YOUR personal Coastal Patrol Mission; a Beech Belle for a romantic rendezvous at fifteen hundred feet; and (get this doozy!) the experience of Top Dog Air Combat, where YOU do most of the flying; or just an open cockpit biplane ride, that takes you back in time, to the days of aviation's beginning. This is one of the most unusual, and truly offbeat adventures, I've ever shared with you, in 11 years on LA radio and, if you're looking for something truly different, THIS is it. Just call 1-800-759-5667. As I've said before, THIS is where to listen for offbeat things in travel, with me, John Clayton on KNX 1070.

John Clayton, KNX 1070 News radio

As promised, my thank you letter. I am settled safe here in Sacramento. I miss you all. I think about your faces every time I see an airplane, even the ones with just one wing.

I have begun studying for the great California Bar Exam and at the same time intern for an Immigration law office. My days are busy and good. And Yes, I have continued to fly. In fact, I just got done with a flight today. I am signed up with this Skywalk place in Sacramento and they are treating me like I am training to be a pilot. I am actually flying the plane. This is something Eric tried to get me to do but I wasn't really ready. Well, I am doing it. And I am actually starting to enjoy it. I can't believe it. I really didn't believe it was possible to get over this fear.

It must be hard for "normal" people to understand the power of irrational fear. The worst part of having a phobia is that it makes no sense, even to the victim. The hours I would spend joining the choruses of people saying things like "what's the big deal", "there is nothing to be scared of", "just suck it up, and white-knuckle it." And if someone tells me one more time that flying is actually safer than driving, I think I might have to kill them.

Unfortunately, the well-intentioned advice of most people is rather useless in the face of real anxiety disorder like a specific phobia. The trouble is that the real answer to the problem lies in the ideas of paradox and self-acceptance. It is only when we scaredy cats first learn that it is really okay to be a scaredy cat that we ca open the door to the reality that it is also ok to learn to relax and let go. Unfortunately, for us though, not many "normal" people know the secret of overcoming fear.

I thank God everyday that my friends Eric and Donnya are not "normal" (I'm teasing). My point is that I think you guys knew the secret. Seeing your acceptance of my vulnerability reflected from your eyes helped me to open the door to my power to let go and relax. You touched me and helped me. And I will carry that gift always.

Your Friend, Ben

P.S. - I will fly down as soon as I get my pilots license.

Heartfelt thanks for our magnificent biplane adventure last week! My dad may be 72 years old, but seeing him sitting in the open cockpit wearing the leather helmet and an ear to ear grin, one would swear he was a young 21 year old pilot again?and my mom a giggling school girl sitting next to him. They (not to mention Tom and I) had the time of their lives.

Colonel Jeff and Biggles could not have been more professional, or more fun - they certainly know their way around San Diego from above and pointed out all sorts of places I didn't even know existed (and I have been here for 20 years!). I figure I can die a happy woman now because not only do I know what a "Wifferdill" is, I've experienced it!!! And what and experience - one I will enthusiastically share with my clients!!!

Still on Cloud Nine, Carrie Register
L'Auberge Del Mar - Resort and Spa

Thank you for the opportunity to ride in a biplane. What an experience. It was amazing. So many venues were looked at during the Northern San Diego conference, riding the biplane was the best. I hope you have a great day. I look forward to working with you in the future.

Best Regards, Cyndi Murray
Launch - Event Program Coordinator

I want to thank you for inviting me to experience a thrilling biplane ride - which I did last Wednesday! It was a double "fun" flight - we flew right by my house and the resort, too. I'll talk up my fabulous 20 minutes with our guests!

All the best, Tom L'Esperance, Concierge
La Costa Resort and Spa

I wanted to thank you for helping to make my 50th birthday a memorable one. Last Saturday, Vic took me up for some aerobatics in your 1941 SNJ-4 warbird. I always wondered how well I would handle those maneuvers and now I know. Piece of Cake! I'm still smiling 2 days later. My wife and two young sons were given a great ground tour while I was airborne. A word about your pilot, Vic. Great guy, easy to talk to, always making sure I was ok, but it just doesn't seem fair that he gets paid for doing something that he loves so much. I'm so jealous! I have already shown dozens of friends some pictures taken of the flight and emphasized that they come and see you soon. What a great day!

Gary Bradford

Just returned home to Nebraska and wanted to drop a note of big Thank You's. The biplane flight was a blast. Even though Laura and I flew our Cessna 172 around here. She could not stop talking about the open cockpit ride above the beach and ocean. She has never had so much fun! What a way to end my vacation here in San Diego. Also thank you Vic for not only the great flight but also the great chat. Your whole gang of personnel was great.

Mark Wickard, Bridgeport, Nebraska

Here are the photos I thought you might like - a great one of our pilot! My husband and I really enjoyed our flight - It brought back SOOOO many memories for me. My dad started the aviation department for TRW so I grew up at Cleveland Airport. We had a little Cessna 180 we flew all over the country. (What a fun childhood!!) I have always loved flying so now, after your flight, I am going to get my pilots license next spring!!

Thanks - I'll be back next time we are our visiting our daughter.

Sincerely, Barb Kostohryz

Here are some pictures of from our Air Combat ride on July 16th. Bronco and Flem did a great job. John "Wiseguy" is talking about how he defeated "Geezer" 2-1. A special thanks to Capt. Fleming, who couldn't have been nicer to John. He's a real credit to the USMC. Thanks to you for the T-shirts, that was very nice of you to send us an extra one.

Sincerely, Marv Laughlin

Thank you so much for taking me on three flights (2 AT-6, and 1 Air Combat). I liked those flights so much. I would like to fly with you again another time. This is and aileron I made by hand in the Young Eagles. I want you to keep it.

P.S. - I want to be in the US Air Force

Jeremy Headlee

Hello! I'm a young English-grad-turned student pilot, feeling depressed about never going anywhere with my hopeful career, and feeling lost in the muck and lyre of life when I came across your webpage?WOW!!

I've read your story, read your Web site, and I'm impressed. I've always wanted to learn to fly, and I have finally decided to bite the financial bullet, and start at the local community college. Unfortunately, I've only managed 3 lessons in 4 weeks, with (as of this morning) 15 canceled lessons due to Salt Lake City weather, and extremely poor upkeep of the planes. This has been horribly disheartening.

Truth be told, I was almost ready to give up. But reading about a successful couple who love what they do and are doing it flying is a real inspiration. My instructor told me to never learn the meaning of quit, so I guess I will try again. Pray for sun!

But back to business, I would love the opportunity to fly with you. This would be an amazing treat for my Dad, who is a private pilot, and my inspiration. We both have love for WW I and WW II aircraft, so the chance to fly in one? Safe enough to say my fiancé will find you Web site address in a hint soon. Hehe.

I know you'll prolly have a list a mile long of pilots who would love to fly for you, so I'd appreciate it if you'd add me to the bottom of the list. Any chance is better than none at all, right? And I am going for my full list of ratings.

Hope to be seeing you this summer!

Sincerely, Christopher Alderman

As promised here is the crest you requested. Glad to know that this crest will be the first fire crest to adorn your wall of service crests!! Enjoyed the flight with "Biggles". He is truly one of a kind!! Wish you all clear skies and unlimited visibility.

Thanks Again, Mike & Gail MacKay

Yep were home from our big USA holiday and the real world is taking it's usual great big bite.

Well how do you judge whether you had fun??? Does it compare with Judge Judy?

Would you go without Maccas for one more night to save up and do it again?

Goddamn It!! If that not the most fun I've had for ages with my pants on (or off) for as long as I can remember then I should go interfere with myself. You damn well know that's worth every cent and Vic makes it seem like it's as hard as making a sandwich. By the way it cost me over $1500.00 australian, no capital A, as the currency doesn't deserve it.

I've seen LA (thumbs down), Sedona, Bishop, Grand Canyon, Vegas (Thumbs Up), San Fran (good) Wash (nat air & Space) Great, Antietam, Stayed at Gettysburg, Philadelphia (We got stuck in a rat hole) and New York (OK).

We drove most of it and loved it, but for me even after the Pampanito, Yosemite, Death Valley and so on, I'd come back and fly with you guys anytime.

By the way, do you know anyone with a flight going in a B17 preferably G, maybe a P38, or a Corsair, I would settle for a P51 (D) or maybe an F6F?

Thanks guys, Just thanks. Bye for now

Person who upsets friends by continuously reminding them of what he did and they didn't?.The Handbrake

P.S. - Love the jacket

I wanted to personally thank you for all your help in making Andrew Mcrary's trip to Legoland such a success.

Offering him a ride in a 1929 Travel Air 4000 biplane was such a generous offer. Even though Andrew became apprehensive at the last moment, his younger brother and Dad certainly enjoyed themselves. What a treat!

Thanks again for all your help and support in this making this magic moment come true for this special young man.

Sincerely, L.E. Patton
Wish Coordinator, Magic Moments

Thank you very, very much for flying me twice, Tom. I really enjoy flying. When I grow up I'm going to be a pilot in the Air Force.

Big thanks, Jeremy H.

Just thought you might like to receive some "action" pictures from our 2/5/00 adventure with you. It was the highlight of our trip to California. Since we showed pictures to relatives there before we left, we expect you'll be getting some business form them. Hal took these with his new Nikon and was really impressed with the results.

You were both very considerate of all of us; especially us older ones, and I appreciated the time you took after the flight to allow us top take our fill of pictures.

I hope all goes well there, and you may be seeing us again.

Sincerely, Anne Bradman

This message is for Tom. My name is Don Ouimette and on Monday morning you took me up for a ride in the SNJ-4. I am the one who flies aerobatic radio control. I just wanted to thank you again for the incredible experience you gave me and for letting me do some of the flying. Here it is, a few weeks later, and I still feel like my head is in the clouds. I have told a lot of friends about flying the aerobatics, the torpedo run on the Navy Frigate, and landing the SNJ. At the end of the story, it even sounds unbelievable to me! Many thanks again! I hope to be in San Diego next February and I hope we can do it again!

Happy Landings, Don

Well, It's almost been a year now, and I just wanted to let you know my progress on my P.P.L. I'm almost ready to solo. I am looking so forward to be able to flying in and visit you all when I get my cross-country training. Here at Hartair JG54 they are very thorough! I'm also learning aerobatics and it is awesome. I am training in a Robin Sport R 2160 and I have a great Instructor. I owe it all to you for giving me the flying BUG!!! THANKS! Tell Mike I'll see him soon. He's a great guy and it's all his fault. Ha ha ha. Thanks again!

Truly Greatful, Randy Menzel

I would like to thank each of you for the wonderful experience that you made happen for my family! My wife had been plotting for some time for this occasion, my birthday, and I had no idea except that I would need an overnight bag. Well, on Nov. 8th we hit the train station only to find that the train had been delayed 30-45 minutes. I saw the anguish in my wife's face when she heard the message over the speaker. After what seemed like an eternity, the train arrived. My son had stomach problems and we finally arrived in Oceanside. The car rental had been advised of our predicament and ended up coming about 30 minutes after we called. However, when we called your office to advise of our delays, the lady was so nice and said to get there as soon as we could. Upon, arriving, we apologized again for our tardiness, but you insisted that we were on time and that it was photo time. My son's stomach problems were still not resolved, so my daughter went in the sunset biplane ride. We met our pilot Mike, what a special guy. We had no idea what we were in for, but Mike assured us it would be fun. It was more than fun; it was an experience of a lifetime for the both of us. Kate, I am sure all of your pilots and staff are great, but Mike made it special for us. As other have written, it would be very easy just to make it another routine flight, but that was not what it was? it was awesome. After our flight we had the opportunity to talk with Mike. What a personality! When we left Palomar Airport, we stayed at Pea Soup Anderson's for the night and all we could talk about was our ride. By now, my son's stomachache was gone and he was sad to have missed the opportunity to fly with me. So the wife and I discussed a Sunday flight if any were available. Sure enough, Sunday morning Tom arranged a 40 min flight with Mike again in your Piper Cub. Again, what an experience of a lifetime. Mike is a credit to your staff.

I want to thank all at Barnstormers for a wonderful birthday experience!

Regards, The Menzels of Artesia, CA

My Girlfriend (now wife) got us a ride in your Travel Air back in 1996. I had a great time (although she almost got sick) and it was an experience I will never forget.

 Well I finally got a job where I could afford to get my pilot's license and we just purchased a Piper PA-28-151 Warrior, which I am going to use to get my Instrument rating. My wife Val hardly ever gets sick now (only when someone else flies) and I hope to get my commercial license and open a business giving biplane rides around our area (South Bay, Torrance CA) someday.

Thanks Again! Fellow Pilot, Pete Fowler

My name is Charlie Hacke. My daughter got me a ride last July 12. I wrote to you guys saying what a good time I had and that I wish I could get my pilots license. However, the time and the money was the problem. The nice lady there said to go for it anyway. Well, I wanted you to know that I soloed and it was the happiest day of my life. I really felt like I did something. Thanks for the inspiration.

Charlie Hacke

Now it's my turn to apologize for my tardy email. It's been a busy couple of weeks for me! Tom - hope you are feeling better. I recall someone that day mentioning back problems; if so, I sympathize (been there).

I want you and your crew that was on that day (Donnya, rudder, Dick and Bill) to know how much I enjoyed the flight in 74H, and how much Laurie and I enjoyed the professionalism exhibited by everyone we met at Barnstorming Adventures. There courtesy made us both feel welcome and relaxed; the professional way everyone ran the show made the entire experience great fun. Kate - thanks for lending me that cold jacket on that cold morning!

I've started this letter about ten times in the past two weeks, and I'm still not sure how to convey how much I enjoyed the flight. I expected the "U-fly-it" to be a relatively small amount of stick time, with most of the flight being the tour of the local area. What I got was some touring, great whale watching and a full on lesson in stick and rudder flying!

Bill was very attentive to what I wanted out of the flight. He listened to my many questions, answered them patiently, and encouraged me to fly all I wanted to. Ah, the wind in the wire?!

After about the shortest hour I've ever spent, and we had returned to the airport, Bill graciously took the time to sign the logbook that I've carried around in the glove box of my car for the past several years. Almost every day since that Saturday has found me taking out that logbook and looking at that entry. I find myself motivated to continue the flying lessons that I was forced to curtail in 1990.

Thank you for the wonderful experience; I hope that you continue to provide the opportunity for many more people to enjoy flying, 1920's style.

Sincerely, Jeff Row

What a fabulous, indescribable, and memorable trip in your Travel Air. It truly was the flight of a lifetime. We will NEVER forget it. Thank you for the extra time, wonderful narration, and memory trip over all of the coastline and San Diego with such a gorgeous sunset over and over. Unbelievable!!! We loved every minute?.

Ed Doughty and Linda Harms

Thank you for sending me the book "illusions" and also tell your friend Mr. McKay many thanks. -read it in one sitting. A very unique author, Richard Bach. Say! Come to think of it, I didn't see any bugs or oil on the prop or windscreen or leading edges of your Travel Air - You wouldn't, by any chance be from Indiana?

My first plane ride was in an old Lincoln Standard out of a wheat field in Thayer, Kansas - population 500 - Two benches up front. It cost $1.00 to ride. It was in turn cut short due to sputtering engine.

The author's name Bach rang a bell for me. As a kid working at Lockheed I used to now and then drink a few beers with a fellow by the name of Morton Bach. He had designed a passenger plane that used to fly between Los Angeles and San Diego in the 1920's. I used to see it go over our farm in Fullerton? It was a good plane; I guess the great depression got to him.

Again many thanks, Don Carmichael

I'm the ROTC student you took on a flight in your biplane. I just wanted to thank you for the flight. I hope to see you at the airport again, as I begin to study for my pilot's license. I hope to talk with you again and someday race you in my own plane.
Thanks Again, Dominick D. Joseph

I must admit I got a little worried when I read this on your jacket, Saturday morning, when we climbed into your airplane at Carlsbad airport, but after you got us up in the air, in spite of the gusty winds, and explained how you got that nickname, my worries vanished with the expert way you handled the airplane.

I was born in 1920, and in those days it was a thrill to see a biplane, when it flew over us at the farm, and once the pilot cut the engine swooped low, waved and yelled "hi kid!", I was hooked from then on and from that moment on, I wanted to be a pilot and climb up into the sky, in my Spad and shoot down the dreaded "Red Baron". (I saw the Waldo Pepper Movie 10 times), well one day when I was about six years old my uncle took me over to a field, paid five dollars, for me to go up, boy I was excited, but just as I was climbing into the cockpit, my aunt grabbed me and would not let me go up. Saturday my boyhood dream of 74 years was realized by the complete surprise that my son gave me when, paid you to fly me in your plane, I enjoyed every minute of it. Your conservation with me about the wing walkers and Lindberg added to my joy, in spite of the cold and windy weather. If there had been a "joystick" in the front, I would have asked you if I could fly the plane, if only for a minute, for that would have fully completed my dream, maybe someday, if its alright with you I could come up to Carlsbad and have my wife take a picture of me sitting in the rear cockpit of your plane, while it is parked on the tarmac.

Thank you again, and happy landings, Mr. Anthony Gomez Sr.

On behalf of the Carlsbad Convention and Visitors Bureau I would like to thank you for your assistance with our Travel Writer Program. Although I was not able to participate in the biplane ride, I understand it was a big success and one of the highlights of the press trip. I did enjoy your enthusiastic presentation at the recent hotel/motel meeting. Sometime soon I would love to try "Barnstorming" - so, of course, I could recommend it from a personal experience! Good luck to you both.

Sincerely, Cleta Wright
Carlsbad Convention & Visitors Bureau

We were one of your first customers Memorial Day Weekend and from the sound of the news clip on the reverse of this were not the only happy customers. I do hope business will continue on an upward trend for you. As promised (sorry they are so late in being sent) here are some of the pictures we took on our flight. Good luck in the future. I hope we will have the opportunity to ride with you in the future.

Happy Landings, Joe and Dotty Sommers

Now that we are back home in Ohio, the Laughlin family wants to let you know how much fun we had flying our combat mission on Monday, July 16. Capt. Fleming gave us a great briefing and he and "Bronco" could not have been nicer. For the record, John "Wiseguy" Laughlin did defeat Marv "Geezer" Laughlin 2-1. High yo-yos are tough to do for a middle aged desk jockey:>) Thanks to all.

Marv Laughlin (aka Geezer)


Thanks to "Vintage Vic" for a great and thrilling experience in the AT6. My two sons surprised me with a Christmas present that I will never forget. I hope to return again in the future for another flight that satisfied my lifelong dream.

Regards,
M. Stevens

I and a friend had a chance to enjoy a sunset flight on December 16th. I just got some photos back from the flight and thought I would share them with you.


THANKS for a very enjoyable a memorable flight!!!

Regards,
Bob Werab

Last Saturday a friend and I came out for the 20 minute biplane ride. I just wanted to share with you all how totally awesome it was. I had put this ride off for several months, being a chicken and all and now I have no idea why. the whole experience was so thrilling, I cannot begin to express words.

To sum it up, it was one of the most thrilling experiences of my life, really-- compared to childbirth 22 yrs ago and the rolling stones concert 2 yrs ago, I cannot compare this adventure to any other. it comes in a close second for me.

I will continue to pass my experience on with others and definitely get some more family members out there quickly. thanks again to a wonderful team of professionals.

Sincerely
kim =)

Thank you so very much for showing Michael such a good time yesterday. When I set out to find the 'perfect' birthday gift for him I had no idea how exceptional this would turn out to be. Knowing that Michael has always loved aviation (and aerial warfare in particular) I suspected this would be an excellent experience and you surely didn't disappoint.

Thanks to all of you for being so nice and so much fun. Your product exceeded my expectations. Thank you also for rescheduling Mike's flight so he could have the total experience. You helped me give him exactly what I wanted for this birthday--memories that will last a lifetime. And, I had a terrific time and I never even left the ground! Be assured that we will refer any of our friends who listen to the full rendition of "There I was...."

I look forward to seeing you all again when we return for the twilight biplane ride some time soon. I wish you all continued success and thanks once again for doing what you do so well.

Regards,
Ellen Brown

Yep we're home from our big USA holiday and the real world is taking it's usual great big bite. Well how do you judge wether you had fun.....? Does it compare with Judge Judy ? Would you go without Meccas for one more night to save up and do it again ?

If thats not the most fun I've had for ages with my pants on (or off) for as long as I can remember then I should go interfere with myself. You damn well know thats worth every cent and Vic makes it (the warbird) seem like it's as hard as making a sandwich. By the way it cost me over $1500.00 australian, no capital A as the currency doesn't deserve it.

I seen LA (thumbs down), Sedona, Bishop, Grand Canyon, Vegas (Thumbs up), San Fran (Good) Wash Nat Air & Space Museum (Great), Antietam, stayed at Gettysburg, Philadelphia (we got stuck in a rat hole) and New York (OK).

We drove most of it and loved it, but for me even after the Pampanito, Yosemite, Death Valley and so on, I'd come back and fly with you guy's anytime.

Thanks Guys, just thanks.

Bye for now from the person who upsets friends by continuously reminding them of what he did that they didn't...

Steven "Handbrake" Ludwig

PS Love the Jacket

Hello! I'm a young english-grad turned student pilot, feeling depressed about never going anywhere with my hopeful career, and feeling lost in the muck and mire of life when I came across your webpage. Wow!!

I've read your story, and read your website, and I'm impressed. I've always wanted to learn to fly, and finally decided to bite the financial bullet, and start flying at the local community college. Unfortunately, I've only managed 3 lessons in 4 weeks, with (as of this morning) 15 canceled lessons due to Salt Lake City weather, and extremely poor upkeep of the planes. This has been horribly disheartening.

Truth be told, I was almost ready to give up. But reading about a successful couple who love what they do and are doing it flying is a real inspiration. My instructor told me to never learn the meaning of quit, so I guess I'll try again tomorrow morning. Pray for sun!

But back to business, I would love the opportunity to fly with you. This would be an amazing treat for my Dad, who is a private pilot, and my inspiration. We both have a love for WWI and WWII aircraft, so the chance to fly in one... safe enough to say my fiance will find your web address in a hint soon. He-he.

I know you prolly have a list a mile long of pilots who would love to fly for you, so I'd appreciate it if you'd add me to the bottom of the list. Any chance is better than none at all, right? And I am going for my full list of ratings.

Hope to be seeing you this summer!

Sincerely,
Christopher Alderman

Thank you very much for the two wonderful flights in your VG-21. I always wanted to be behind the controls of a plane and to maneuver it myself. I never understood what a G Force felt like until I went up in the skies for one of your Dog Fights. The Discovery Flight was an experience I'll never forget. Being able to BUZZ the clouds, practicing the MCA maneuver, an awesome fly by, and being allowed to taxi the aircraft was what made the flight so interesting. Thanks again KATE, TOM, JOHN, trEVOR, BRONCO, DONYA, TAILWHEEL, RUDDER and the whole gang at BIPLANE AND AIR COMBAT ADVENTURES for making that day the day I'll NEVER forget!!!

Phil P.

P.S. Tom, I got the aircraft radio Jet Stream you told me about and I love it a lot!

Here's a note from one of our "new" dogfight pilots that also just qualified to fly our biplanes too:

Ain't flyin' great!...32 years and some 15,000+ hours later, I feel like I soloed again!! Seein' you get out of the plane and tellin' me to take it around reminded me of that day at age 16. And as with that day, the airplane flew better and was a heck of a lot easier without all that yellin' from the other seat!!!!

Three special flying days with Pam; 1974 a J-3 Cub in Deland, FL, she still talks about that, 1998 my first leg in a B-777 SFO to London with her in first class and me flying and narrating the Thames river approach to LHR (Ed. note: London Heathrow), and yesterday flying her along the coastline in an open cockpit biplane.

Thanks again so very much
Rich

Just a quick note to thank you for the fantastic time I had during my Bi-Plane ride last month. It truly was a highlight of my trip. I was very impressed with the entire experience, from greeting, plane orientation and actual air time. Your pilot was very professional and likeable. I believe his name was Eric. My cockpit partner, Michelle was thrilled. It actually made a dream come true for her. She always wanted to be a pilot and ear problems prevented that due to commercial airline cabin pressures. This open cockpit ride did not trouble her ears. For 40 minutes, she felt like a real pilot in the front seat. Thanks for the wonderful memories. ( I attached a photo just in case I made an error in the pilot's name. )

Sincerely,
William Brown
CT.

This message is for Tom. My name is Don Ouimette and on Monday morning you took me up for a ride in the SNJ-4. I am the one who flies aerobatic radio control. I just wanted to thank you again for the incredible experience you gave me and for letting me do all that flying.

Here it is, a few week later, and I still feel like my head is in the clouds. I have told a lot of friends about flying the aerobatics, the "torpedo" run on the navy frigate, and landing the SNJ. At the end of the story, it even sounded unbelievable to me! Many thanks again! I hope to be in San Diego again next February and I hope we can do it again!

Happy landings,
Don

I would like to thank each of you for the wonderful experience that you made happen for my family! My wife had been plotting for some time for this occasion, my birthday, and I had no idea except that I would need an overnight bag.

Well, on Nov. 8th we hit the train station only to find out that the train was delayed 40-45 minutes. I saw the anguish in my wifes face when she heard the message over the speaker. After what seemed an eternity the train arrived. My son had stomach problems and we finally arrived in Oceanside. The car rental had been advised earlier of our predicament but still ended up coming 30 minutes after we called. However, when we contacted your office to advise of our delays, the lady was so nice and said to get here as soon as we can. Upon arriving, we apologized again for our tardiness, but you insisted we were on time and that it was photo time.

My son's stomach problems were still not resolved, so my daughter went in the sunset biplane ride. We met our pilot Mike, what a special guy. We had no idea what were in store for, but Mike assured us it would be fun. It was more than fun, it wan an experience of a lifetime for both of us.

Kate, I am sure all your pilots and staff are great, but Mike made it special for us. It would be very easy for them just to make it a routine flight but that's not what it was...it was awesome. After our flight we had the opportunity to talk with Mike. What a personality!

When we left Palomar Airport we stayed at Pea Soup Andersons for the night and all we could talk about was our ride. By now, my son's stomach ache was gone and he was sad to have missed out on his opportunity to fly with me. So the wife and I discussed a Sunday flight if any were available. Sure enough, Sunday morning Tom arranged a 40 min. flight with Mike in your Piper Cub. Again, what an experience of a lifetime. Mike is a credit to your staff.

I want to thank all at Barnstormers for a wonderful birthday experience!

Regards,
The Menzels

Still can't believe it, went for a ride last week with Eric, a birthday present from my lovely wife. She bought me an hour of dual, I couldn't get the smile off my face all weekend! I figured it had been over 20 years ago that I first went for a ride in a Travel Air 4000. It was in Port Angeles, WA where I grew up, with Stu MacPherson in N4321.

I have lost touch with Stu over the years, 20 years in the Navy has a way of doing that, but understand he keeps his plane there at Carlsbad. The ride in his Travel Air all those years ago hooked me on Aviation. I hold Commercial pilot certificate and work as an A&P/IA out here at the Navy base in El Centro. I can't imagine doing anything else!

Also, you mentioned Richard Bach's book/movie "Nothing by Chance". Do you know where I can get a copy of the movie? It was in the theater in Port Angeles; I had gone to see it the day before Stu flew into town. It was the movie that sent me out to the airport to check out the Biplane flying around town. I would love to see it again. (Sorry, haven't been able to find one myself!--Tom)

Love your web page and I look forward to getting over your way again soon. Tell Donnya I'll be sending a patch for her board.

Thanks again for keeping the Travel Air alive!
Bruce C. Thompson

My wife and I have just returned from a flight in the Travel Air.

I've not had such an exciting flight since flying as an F4 RIO in the late 60's.

As usual, the pilot made the day. Mike Sheehan was a professional from our greeting to departure. He provided a flight that exceed all our expectations. His relaxed and friendly manner and informative commentary were enjoyed and appreciated as much as his pilot skills and regard for safety (i.e. don't let this guy get away!).

I will tell others.

Yours truly,
Tom More

Travel Air 4000 Torrey Pines Three of us from Lockheed flew with you on Sunday, and had a great time. It's too bad we're from Fort Worth Texas, else we'd be out there flying with you every weekend! It's hard to imagine anything better then cruising the coast in a 1920's bipe. Thanks for the great memories ...

Thanks,
BJK

I want you and your crew that was on that day (Donnya, Rudder, and Bill) to know how much I enjoyed the flight in 74H, and how much both Laurie and I enjoyed the courtesy and professionalism exhibited by everyone we met at Barnstorming Adventures. Their courtesy made us both feel welcome and relaxed; the professional way everyone ran the show made the entire experience great fun. Kate - thanks for lending me the heavy jacket on that cold morning!

I've started this letter about ten times, and I'm still not sure how to convey how much I enjoyed the flight. I expected the "U-Fly-It" to be a relatively small amount of stick time, with most of the flight a tour of the local area. What I got was a some touring, great whale watching (!) and a full-on lesson in stick-n-rudder flying!

Bill was very attentive to what I wanted out of the flight. He listened to my many questions, answered them patiently, and encouraged me to fly all I wanted. Ah, the wind in the wires...!

After about the shortest hour I've ever spent, and we had returned to the airport, Bill graciously took the time to sign the log book that I've carried around in my in the glove box of my car for the past several years. Almost every day since has found me taking out my log book and looking at that entry. I find myself motivated to continue the flying lessons that I was forced to curtail in 1990.

Thank you for the wonderful experience; I hope that you continue to provide the opportunity for many more people to enjoy flying, 1920's style.

Sincerely,
Jeff Row VolLivre

I had the wonderful pleasure of riding in one of your biplanes during the San Diego North County (travel writer) fam trip a couple of weeks ago. And lucky me, we actually got to do a bit of the dog fight as well! I have to tell you I'm really quite a nervous flyer - but I had such a great great time up there! You were both so professional (as was your other pilot) and really made us feel welcome and confident of your skills.

Anyway, really wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you, and I was just thrilled with my ride.

Stephanie Hudson

I thoroughly enjoyed the dog fights yesterday! Don did an excellent job guiding me through it and making it a fantastic and memorable experience. And tell Tom that he was right about the G forces - those hard turns kicked my ass but it was worth every gut-wrenching minute! I'll be back.

Jeff Lapin

I recently had the chance to fly in one of your biplanes. I just want to say that it was, by all accounts, the best time of my life. well, except maybe my honeymoon. Anyway, I just want to say thanks for a very special birthday gift. My family got it for me. My daughter and my wife knew what I really wanted. You see, I am a pilot wanna be. Just cant afford it. Again, thanks for the very special gift.

Charlie Hacke

Thank you for the most wonderful flight, it was the highlight of our holiday and the memories will keep us going now we have returned to the cold and wet of England. Items from Shuttleworth on their way.

Sallie and Keith Munden

Just wanted to send a note thanking you for my flight. The forty minute, U-fly-it far exceeded my expectations. My pilot, Bill Ogelsby was great and made me feel comfortable about the flight, especially when he had me take the stick. I had been in airline jets and commuter planes before, but never anything like this. I want a biplane now! I am thinking of taking ground school at our local Jr. college because of the flight as a start towards my license. I had given up the controls after a few minutes so I could sightsee easier, but was sorry I hadn't flown it longer once I was on the ground. And I realized back on the freeway that it is much more dangerous and scary driving in traffic than it was on my flight.

I also wanted to thank you for accommodating me with reservations for my flight with such short notice of only two days.

I'm looking forward to another flight with your company, and more stick time.

Sincerely,
Tom Green

Thanks so much for making my husband's 50th a very special day. Not only did he have a memorable day, but you renewed his passion for flying fixed-wing. (I think you'll be hearing from him to help get his flying skills back up to snuff.) Guess if the Warbird couldn't do it, nothing could. From the time we left the Pilot Shop till we went to sleep last night, he didn't stop talking about the flight. Thanks again!

Jeffree

I recently "earned my wings" with Bill in the Pitts Special and I am still walking in the clouds. I have been competing in radio control airplane competitions for several years, having mastered many of the events. I feel that I am very knowledgeable in how the maneuvers are performed but, what I never knew before was "how they felt". From the first minute that the prop started spinning, until it was shut off I was in heaven. Feeling the G's, rolling, spinning, and flying inverted (my call sign is Invert) I could not have had more fun. Feeling the pull on the stick, I could have never imagined how gently, yet responsive the Pitts is. I have been reliving those moments ever since, and I can still hear Bill through the intercom saying; "That my friend, is what aerobatics are all about". I can easily say "now I know what it feels like!" I have done more in an aircraft than many people will ever do. I feel that these words just cant do justice to the experience.

I thank you for the truly wonderful, and most exhilarating time of my life.

Jim Bonnardel
Radio Control Specialties

Just wanted to say thank you for the lovely flight on Sunday. Both Sharon and I had a wonderful time, and are hoping to do it again with a few more wifferdills and stuff next time we get out to the west coast. =) Please give our thanks to Vic as well.

PS. Where would I start looking to buy a biplane? *grin*

Said Kobeissi

MANY SINCERE THANKS TO ALL THE NICE PEOPLE AND ESPECIALLY TOM FOR BEING SO NICE TO MY SON AND I LAST WEEKEND. THE TIME HE SPENT WITH MITCHELL AND I WILL BE A MEMORY THAT WE BOTH WILL CHERISH FOR A LONG TIME. A CLASS ACT, TOM THANKS.

Sincerely,
TC SCHUSLER III

You probably don't remember me. My name is Charles Hacke. I took your "you fly it" trip 2 years ago on my birthday (and) finally soloed in a Stearman. Since then I have got my licensee and enjoy flying very much, thanks to you guys and the way you made me feel like I could one day be a pilot. I also love "wind in the face" flying. I studied all about the Stearman Co. and found out something that really made me feel good. It turns out I always thought Stearman Co. was the first welded tube fuselage but I read where along with Mr. Beech and Mr. Cessna, the Travel Air planes were the first, because of Mr. Stearman. I'm sure you all knew that already. I just wanted to mentioned this because you guys really started me towards my dream of flying.

Thanks again,
Charles Hacke

I want to thank you all again for the great time I had flying the combat mission. My pilot, "Postal", was the best. He was not going to let our mission fail. As any good instructor would do, he let me make my mistakes and then advised the correct technique to BLAST the enemy. Thats how I (we) were able to win all three dog fights! I'm telling all my friends!

Dave "Rhino"Jones

Thank you for a great flight - It was the perfect gift for Joe's 75th birthday.

Aila McEwen