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Open Cockpit Biplane Sightseeing Ride in San Diego

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  • Biplane ride in San Diego
  • Fly over beaches, downtown San Diego, Coronado and inland San Diego County
  • Each flight can be more thrilling than a roller-coaster or totally tranquil
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Open Cockpit Biplane Sightseeing Ride in San Diego
From $219.00
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Torrey Air TourMost Popular
40-minute flight with spectacular views along the beach from San Diego to La Jolla, Torrey Pines and more. Real flying, flying like it used to be...low and slow so you can see the sights.
From $319.00
Del Mar Run Air Tour
30-minute flight up the coast from San Diego to the famous Del Mar Fair Grounds.
From $259.00
Barnstormer Air Tour
20-minute flight perfect for a little something extra - see some great sites of San Diego from the cockpit of a Biplane
From $219.00
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Overview
Soar above the skies of San Diego in style as you enjoy a 20- to 60-minute aerial tour in a vintage 1920s-era biplane. Thanks to the biplane’s unique design, you (and up to one companion) ride up front, enjoying unobstructed views while your expert pilot handles the flying and navigation from the back seat.
What to Expect
Take a memorable biplane ride above the beautiful sights of San Diego aboard this 1920s vintage plane. Whether you’re an aviation enthusiast or simply looking for novel way to experience the city, this aerial ride is sure to lift your spirits.

Begin your aerial adventure by arriving at the city’s Montgomery Field any time during the tour’s normal operating hours. Pick a time, flight itinerary and trip length that best suits your schedule and interests. Then climb aboard your open-cockpit biplane to begin your ride.

As many as two guests can sit in the front cockpit, while your pilot sits in the back, handling all the flying and navigating. The planes used for your trip also have interesting stories to tell. One was originally built in 1927, the same year that aviator Charles Lindbergh took to the skies to cross the Atlantic, and was designed to carry air mail. Another plane, built in 1929, was owned by Chicago private investigation firm that used it to transport a crime-sniffing bloodhound. The third biplane has been lovingly restored to near-mint condition, appearing almost like it just came off the factory floor.

Your ride lasts between 20 and 60 minutes, with a variety of itinerary options on offer. You might choose to fly down the San Diego coast, fly over Carlsbad and Torrey Pines, check out fabulous La Jolla, see downtown or admire landmarks like Sea World, San Diego Bay or Coronado Island. For a full list of flight options, check out the Itinerary details below. At the end of your ride, land back at Montgomery Field to finish your trip.

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.
Itinerary

Barnstormer Flight (20 minutes): This quick, exhilarating flight provides spectacular views of San Diego's major sights.

Del Mar Run (30 minutes): Fly down the San Diego coast to the Del Mar Fairgrounds, where the San Diego County Fair takes place. Plus, admire the lavish homes in Rancho Santa Fe.

Torrey Tour (40 minutes): Take in sensational beach views from Carlsbad to Torrey Pines.

Surf's Up Beach Flight (50 minutes): See the entire coast from Oceanside to Pacific Beach on this coastal flight that goes past Del Mar and La Jolla to Mission Bay, then heads back over the magnificent homes in Rancho Santa Fe.

 

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Reviews (75)
1 - 5 of 11 reviews
Reviewed July 26, 2018
Great from the cockpit, sucks if you live here

I have no problem believing the experience provided by this service is a wonderful experience. Open air, low and slow, over San Diego. It'd be a once in a lifetime experience! Unfortunately for those on the flight path, it's a multiple-times-a-day experience. Imagine if your...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank tigerdogtoo
Travis D, Owner at Barnstorming Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2018

Our flights go over Del Mar once or twice a day, maybe 3 to 4 days a week. We don't fly on Sundays or Mondays. We fly at 1000 feet over populated areas. We only go lower over the ocean. There are several biplanes in...More

Reviewed September 7, 2016
Breathless

Passengers in front, pilot seated in the back. A lot of trust in a pilot and his plane when you first hear this engine start. It is NOT the sound you're used to hearing..but oh well, we came for a thrill, and thrill we received!...More

Date of experience: July 2016
3  Thank Eddie A
Reviewed September 28, 2014
A Must-do!

I can't say enough about how great this company is! I recently booked a tour for a 40 minute bi-plane flight over San Diego. After renting a car and driving to the facility, I was more than crushed to find out once I got there...More

Date of experience: September 2014
1  Thank Lynnsey N
Reviewed May 8, 2014
Biplane flight over San Diego

Two of us took a break from a conference and went on a 30 minute biplane flight from Montgomery Field out to La Jolla, past mission beach and back. The views are fantastic and the whole experience, thanks to pilot Pete, was truly memorable. The...More

Date of experience: April 2014
1  Thank Peter K
Reviewed May 22, 2012
Greatest Experience Ever

My Wife purchased a 50 min biplane ride to fly over san diego, It was a wonderful surprise and the most amazing experience. I would definately recommend this to any couples that need to get away for a bit. Great staff and extraordinary customer service....More

Date of experience: May 2012
Thank bxrkris
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