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  • Location: San Diego, California
  • Duration:  20 - 60 minutes

Take a thrilling ride over San Diego in a classic 1920s open cockpit biplane. Choose from a variety of itineraries covering the sparkling coastline, downtown San Diego or Coronado. While you — and up to one companion — enjoy unobstructed views from the front cockpit, your expert pilot flies the plane from the rear cockpit. Depending on your preference, your flight may be mellow and scenic or full of stunt turns and rolls. This is an ideal way to celebrate a milestone or just inject a little novelty into your time in San Diego.


  • 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
  • One or two passengers sit in the front cockpit while the pilot operates the plane from the rear cockpit
  • Choose from five different itineraries of varying lengths

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What You Can Expect

Best Open Cockpit Biplane Sightseeing Ride in San Diego

Open Cockpit Biplane Sightseeing Ride

Head to Montgomery Field Airport six miles (10 km) north of downtown San Diego to board your open cockpit biplane. Up to two passengers can sit in the front cockpit, while the pilot operates the plane from the rear cockpit. Depending on the route you choose (see Itinerary below for options), see downtown San Diego, La Jolla, Del Mar, Torrey Pines, Mission Bay, Coronado or Rancho Santa Fe. You can choose to fly low and slow to capture amazing photos or get your heart pumping with some aerial thrills.

One of the biplanes was originally built in May of 1927, the same month that Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic, and was used to carry airmail. Another was built in November of 1929, right before the 1930 "St. Valentine's Day Massacre." It was owned by a detective agency in Chicago that used it to transport a gangster-sniffing bloodhound. The third biplane was fully restored and looks like it just came off the showroom floor!

Your biplane ride will last 20 minutes to an hour, according to the itinerary chosen. Conclude your memorable flight at Montgomery Field Airport.

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.

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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.

La Jolla Coaster (1 hour): Marvel at breathtaking vistas of Del Mar, La Jolla, Torrey Pines, Mission Bay, Sea World, San Diego Bay, Coronado and Point Loma. This comprehensive flight also includes views of Lake Hodges, Rancho Santa Fe and lovely inland hillsides and lakes.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Amazing trip! Truly an outstanding experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great Experience that I wanted to share with my wife. Pilot Billy was great and I will be back!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Excellent service by friendly people. Thanks to Peter and Bonnie. You have never seen San Diego until you've seen it in this plane. Go for an hour, it's worth the money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Seriously best experience ever. Nicest people in the world. Would recommend to anyone! Really a once in a lifetime thing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The pilot was incredible! The flying was everything I expected, and more. He flew over our house so my wife, who was watching from the ground, could wave. Great trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Excellent way to view the city - flight was smooth and comfortable and my Pilot - Bill - was very pleasant and informative! Five stars all the way!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Great. Highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

This was an amazing tour. I would do this tour again, the people were friendly and the pilot was great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

One of our best memories yet! Have lived almost our entire lives here in San Diego, and have never seen the city look so beautiful! The folks at Barnstormer were extremely friendly. Would highly recommend that anyone add this experience to their life's bucket list! :)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Everyone was really nice had the time of my life, a must

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