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Warbird in Flight
Warbird Flights

Fly in a real warbird! Relive the glory days of aviation in a 1943 North American SNJ-4 Texan. This aircraft was the advanced trainer for WWII aviators. For your flight, your assigned pilot sits in the front cockpit, you get the instructor's seat in the back cockpit. On flights 40 minutes or longer, you can experience loops, rolls, half-cuban eights and more. If you want the adventure of flying in a Texan without aerobatics, just tell your pilot (you are in constant communication via an intercom and headset). Your pilot may even let you take the controls and do some flying (but our pilots will handle the aerobatics). No pilot's license or experience required. Anyway you do it, this is something that will not soon be forgotten!


We offer the following flights
in lengths of 30 to 60 minutes (the 30 minute flight does not include aerobatics, all other flights do):
  • Silver Wings (30 minute)*
  • Pacific Ace (40 minute)
  • Coast Patrol (50 minute)
  • Wings of Gold (60 minute)

     * Does not include aerobatics


You choose the length you want. The longer you fly, the more you get to see and do. Flights times are the actual time in the air. Allow extra time for briefing, loading, taxiing and unloading. 

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Reservations and Limitations

Reservations are required for all flights. We generally fly from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm Tuesday-Sunday. We are closed Monday and Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. It's best to call about a week in advance (sometimes more when it is very busy) to get the time you want. However, last minute scheduling is sometimes possible. Call 1-800-SKY-LOOP (1-800-759-5667) to reserve your flight.

Please call one hour before your flight to be sure the weather is cooperating. Plan on arriving 15 minutes before your scheduled departure. That will give you time to fill out a short waiver form that is required for all passengers.
And, you'll have time for pictures before you takeoff.

The SNJ-4 is a big airplane, so your size (big or small) isn't much of an issue. You will have to be limber enough to climb up on the wing, and then into the cockpit. These aircraft were built to be flown by young pilots, so keep that in mind. On that topic, North American built some strong planes. They were designed to be flown by men (and a few women) that didn't really know what they were doing yet. And, they were designed to be worked on by men (and a few women) that didn't really know what they were doing either. They're robust, to say the least.

For children, ten or so is probably the lower limit on age for taking a flight in this aircraft. It is really the height of the child that matters. The rear seat, like the pilot's seat in the front, sits low in the cockpit. Being tall enough to see out is the key.

Tickets are good for six months from date of purchase. We have a 14-day refund policy. All refunds are subject to a 10% service fee. Beyond 14 days of purchase, there are no refunds for any reason. Please call 24 hours in advance if you can not make your scheduled departure. There are no refunds or reschedules for "no shows" and for cancellations with less than the required 24 hours notice. We will reschedule your flight if there is a cancellation due to weather.


About Our Warbird

One of the most recognized aircraft series of all time, the rugged and striking North American AT-6/SNJ family of aircraft all share a common ancestor: the NA-16 of 1935. In the United States, it bore the official nickname of Texan. In British Commonwealth nations, the designation was Harvard. In at least one instance, an Australian variant, known as the Wirraway, demonstrated that it could reasonably emulate a fighter, when it shot down a Japanese Navy Mitsubishi A6M Zero in air combat!

By the end of World War Two, almost every Allied nation with an air arm employed some variant of the NA-16, AT-6, SNJ or Harvard. Although characterized as an advanced trainer by most, the aircraft could mount both machine guns and light bombs.

The type became essential to military aviation in Latin America, where its versatility was legendary. Indeed, our aircraft belonged to the Fuerza Aerea Mexicana and was based in Guadalajara from 1954 to 1985.

After the end of World War Two, arguably more pilots trained on Texan variants than any other single series type. The Texan soldiered on post-war as the Mosquito, seeing action during the Korean Conflict. North American remanufactured hundreds of Texans to meet post-war Air Force and foreign operator requirements.

Aviation cadets honed many of the skills required for combat in the Texan. These skills included instrument flying, formation flying, navigation, radio communication and gunnery. Operation of an aircraft with "complex" features such as variable pitch propellers, retractable landing gear and flaps were other skills that were learned. By the time most students began training with the Texan, they had already passed the "weed-out" stage of primary flight training. The Texan was affectionately referred to as the "Ensign Maker" by the Navy.

Our SNJ-4, today, remains a stock example of what was available to training pilots in WWII. It has been 69 years since first put in service, and is still going strong!