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Barrier Island Aviation

407 Airport Road, Manteo, NC 27954
252-473-4247
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Ranked #6 of 18 activities in Manteo
Type: Tours
Owner description: The best way to view the magnificent beauty of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Seating up to two passengers in front of our pilot, our open cockpit... more » Owner description: The best way to view the magnificent beauty of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Seating up to two passengers in front of our pilot, our open cockpit aircraft is one of the original WWII trainer biplanes built by WACO. Flying in this vintage aircraft is truly an unforgettable experience! « less
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Middletown, Delaware
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

This was my second time up in the biplane. The first time was so AWESOME. It was the highlight of my trip to the Outer Banks. This time was just as great. Enjoyed hearing about what we were seeing and seeing the beauty of the area. Everyone at the airfield was friendly and helpful right down to the offical greater... More

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Houston, Texas
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We really enjoyed the excitement of riding in an open cockpit, historic biplane while viewing the breath taking scenery of the outer banks areas around Hattaras or over to Wright brothers first flight area in Kill Devil Hills with Barrier Island Aviation. Outstanding views of the beaches, marshes, ocean, etc. Passengers are supplied with leather flight hats containing built in... More

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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

This was such a wonderful experience for my teenaged daughter and me! She loved it simply for the sheer enjoyment of sitting in an open cockpit and wearing a leather helmit with earphones. We listened to air traffic control communications with the pilot and once airborn the pilot taoked to us as he flew over various things to see. I... More

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Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

This is fabulous. I have wanted to ride in a Cessna for many many years. We booked 2 back to back 10 minute flights as we have 5 in our party and only 3 can go up at a time. My lucky hubby rode it twice!!! The pilot was funny, informative, and competent. He pointed out things we were seeing.... More

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Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

I have frequently visited the Outer Banks for over 30 years and have always wanted to see the Beach from the air. Well, now I have. My 13 year old daughter, her friend and I took one of the 30 minute Cessna tours. It was fabulous! We saw all the sights that they listed for the flight and the pilot... More

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Dayton, Ohio
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

My husband and I took the biplane ride, a followup to a ride in the Cessna three years previously. There are various options for time in the air, but we recommend the longest ride, because you can see dolphins feeding, shipwrecks and beautiful views of the OuterBanks. Reservations are recommended because demand is high, but it doesn't hurt to check... More

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Our entire group of 7 absolutely loved this activity. We did the 10 minute flight around Roanoke. Amazing views with great narration. It was a different way to see the beauty of the Outer Banks. The plane was in perfect condition & our pilot did a fabulous job. All of the employees were super friendly. It was a very cool... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Purchased a 35 minute bi-plane ride for my girlfriend for her 53rd birthday. She had a BLAST. Her air tour was a wonderful experience. Her pilot, Andy, was very knowledgeable and narrated the entire tour, providing great information. The entire experience was a great event. For those who may feel that they have to be nimble to climb into the... More

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Houston, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

I am definitely not the type of person to ever do this kind of thing. I don't even like going too high on a swingset because I don't like the weird butterfly feeling in my stomach, but for some unknown reason I decided to go on a biplane. Even my wife was surprised when I told her I wanted to... More

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Woburn, MA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We're regular OBX visitors and land our plane at KMQI (Dare County Airport). After landing Sunday last week I noticed oil leaking, and called Barrier Island first thing Monday morning. Andy had it repaired that afternoon, for a very reasonable price, all while keeping up his busy bi-plane schedule. I can heartily recommend Barrier Island to aircraft owners as well... More

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