Anyone that is crazy about aircraft, especially the older World War II planes then Warbird Adventures in Kissimmee is a must see and do. Where can you fly a vintage World War II Fighter plane and not risk getting shot down.
This is not a ride in a flight simulator, you go up in an actual plane and you can take your choice of a looping aerobatic flight or a smooth scenic flight. You don’t just watch the scenery but take control of the plane, with an experienced instructor showing you how to do it.
In addition, you perform all the maneuvers yourself under the guidance of the Warbird instructors and they will take you to whatever level you are comfortable with. The experience is tailored to your experience, and if you are already a pilot, the flights at Warbird are also a chance to log more hours.
If you choose the aerobatic flight you will perform maneuvers including 60-75 degree steep turns, aileron rolls, barrel rolls, loops, Cuban eights and reverse Cuban eights.
Not only do you get to experience the flight one time, but you can also take home a video or still picture record of your flight to show your friends or to serve as a nice remembrance of the flight.
If you bring along friends or family members who will not be flying, Warbird also has a museum featuring restored World War II aircraft.
In case you were wondering, these flights provide thrills, but they are not cheap thrills! If you choose a 30 minute flight it will cost you $420, a 60 minute flight is $720, and a 15 minute flight costs $240. The flight time does not include taxi time and warm up. If you want to experience the aerobatic maneuvers then you have to choose either the 30 minute or 60 minute options. The flight DVD souvenirs are available for $50 extra on all of the flights.
Airbird gives some recommendations about what to wear during your flying experience. They advise you to wear comfortable casual clothes. Also, your footwear should be sturdy soled, closed toe shoes. Sandals or flip flops are not good because they might fall off your feet during aerobatic maneuvers. Tennis shoes are OK. In addition, a shirt with a collar will be more comfortable so the harness straps do not rub on your neck. A pair of sunglasses is also good to bring along.
While it is possible to just walk-in and then fly, it is far better to book your flight in advance to make sure that you actually get a chance to fly on the day when it is most convenient for you.
Warbird is located at Kissimmee Gateway Airport and their address and contact information is as follows: Kissimmee Gateway Airport, 233 N. Hoagland Blvd., Kissimmee, FL 34741, USA