I went to the Flying Circus Balloon Festival (see photos here) thinking I would take a balloon ride, but worked up the courage to take a flight in the open cockpit Stearman biplane (also known as a PT17). The one I flew in was built in the 1940s, and is the same style plane the Tuskegee Airman used to train on for World War II.
I was nervous since this was my first time in an open cockpit plane, but I’m so glad to have had this experience!! It was better than riding a roller coaster.
Have you ever taken an open cockpit flight? Let me know your experience in the comments. Here’s a quick video I shot during the flight.
It was about a 10 minute ride at 3,000 feet with an amazing view!
Steven Glintz, one of the other photographers at the meet up, was kind enough to snap this photo of me as I was taking a photo of my pilot in the mirror after I landed.
(Featured photo by Steven Glintz)