| We are Flying in a 1927 Bi-Plane!
We have been having the time of our lives! How about a thrilling ride on a 1927 Bi-Plane? Yep we got the chance to ride in this beautifully restored plane owned and piloted by Marc Hightower from Sky High Air Tours.
This type of plane was used to carry cargo, postal services, crop dusters and explorers. Our pilot Marc actually sits behind you. Joe and I got to sit up front which was surprisingly more spacious than I would have thought. Apparently, when they designed the plane they expected to have to carry large amounts of cargo or mail. So there was plenty of room for Joe and I.
Marc made sure we were buckled in and ready for our flight. There is just one set of headphones so Joe wore those so he could talk to Marc. Already, we were starting to get excited and we had not even left the ground. At this point make sure you tie your hair back. I did but Joe didn't and when you watch the video you will see we both look a little wild.
So we began to taxi down the runway to takeoff. I can't begin to tell you how different this is from riding in an enclosed plane. Many years ago, I took a ride in a Piper Cherokee which is a small plane, but so different from riding open to the wind. Off we lifted and with the wind in our hair we were free of the land.
What a ride! Surprisingly, it was not as loud as I thought it would be. We were flying at about 90 mph but it did not seem that fast. We had a wonderful sunny day without much wind so there was no turbulence. We flew over Pigeon Forge and Dollywood. Such a different view from the air.
All too soon our ride was over and it was time to land. Marc did such a good job on the landing that I did not even feel a bump. If you get the chance to visit the Smokies I would highly recommend this plane ride. And if you can't come here, but get the opportunity to ride in one of these vintage planes make sure you do.