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Open Cockpit Biplane Sightseeing Ride in San Diego

San Diego, United States
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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.
  • 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
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.


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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Del Mar City Beach
Admission Ticket Free
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Barnstorming Adventures
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Vacation adventure
, Oct 2019
Everything was fantastic! My boyfriend and I loved every minute of our trip. Our pilot was wonderful and very informative.
, Aug 2019
WAs it, they were punctual, and the pilot was great, I recommend it, We took 45 min.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you. We try our best to make the experience fantastic.
, Jun 2019
Great experience and service! Would certainly do it again! Just bring a jacket as it gets cold on the plane!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Thanks for the review.
Great Experience!
, Jun 2019
Great service and experience! Very unique and beautiful but bring a coat it gets cold in the plane. Highly recommend!
Julio R
, Oct 2018
Great experience, incredible views of San Diego. Buckets List Item check!! Definitely will do again and again....
Jim L
, Oct 2018
Staff was great! Our pilot was very experienced and made us feel safe. He was also very informed about the area and explained them through our headsets while flying. We took the 50 minute flight and loved every minute of it. My wife was a little(no, let's be honest, considerably) anxious about going, but once we were up in the air, she loved it!!!
Unique Birthday Surprise
, Aug 2018
A fun surprise for my best friends birthday. I wanted something different and unique and this was it. Beautiful view of the coast line of San Diego, La Jolla, Torrey Pines and Del Mar. Whether you are from San Diego or just visiting this is well worth it. The staff and pilot were extremely friendly and took photos for us. Would recommend to all.
Bonding Experience with Grandson
, Jul 2018
My 12 year-old grandson and I were greeted warmly by Bonnie at the Montgomery AirField in San Diego. We signed appropriate waivers and were escorted to our plane, greeted by Bill, our pilot, and strapped in by Bonnie. The biplane cockpit is tight but certainly large enough for two normal-size adults. My grandson and I had no difficulty in getting comfortable. The flight itself is exhilarating! It was a warm day and no outerwear was required. The wind outside of the cockpit is fierce; inside it isn't a problem. What makes this flight ideal is that the cockpit is open allowing views not normally seen from passenger planes. The speed is approximately 85 MPH allowing time for aging eyes to focus on objects below. Altitudes ranged between 500-1200 feet. And when the plane banks, the views are spectacular. Great stuff! Both of us found our flight thrilling and well informed by Bill, our pilot, via our headsets. At no time did we experience anxiety or air sickness. We would love too do it again! Bonnie, the owner, is warm and definitely added to our very positive experience.
Bonnie was more than accommodating...
, Sep 2017
Bonnie was more than accommodating to us. She made sure am our needs were met and it was a true pleasure. George the pilot was informative and genuine. How many chances does one get to fly in a 1927 bi-plane.
Absolutely amazing. Very friendly and...
, Sep 2017
Absolutely amazing. Very friendly and accommodating staff. Would recommend to anyone

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