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Open Cockpit Biplane Air Experience

Prepare for proper open cockpit flying when you take off on a Stearman flight! The Stearman biplane has a long history as a military trainer aircraft and even today it’s still an absolute delight to fly in a Stearman. We are offering rides ranging from 20 minutes through to a whole hour taking off from this delightful private airfield on the Dorset/Wiltshire border.This particular Stearman was born in the US of A in 1940. Working as a military trainer for the US Air Force and later the US Navy she certainly served her time helping young pilots gain their wings. Boeing N2S-5 Kaydet (E75) to give the Stearman it’s full American name became G-AZLE in late 1971 and since then has enjoyed flying in the skies over the UK. Despite her civilian life G-AZLE with military serial number 75-8543 is still resplendent in her US Navy training colours. That canary yellow and sky blue combination she sports is definitely striking so there’s no missing this Stearman in flight that’s for sure!All Stearman biplane rides start on the ground in the vintage-styled briefing room. You’ll get kitted out in a genuine flight suit chat about safety procedures and what to expect on your flight and also chat a little about flight path planning. On the shorter flight durations you’ll be flying the local area but on the longer ones you can explore further afield to the Jurassic Coast and even the Isle of Wight – with superb open cockpit views guaranteed.A nice touch at Compton Abbas set this Stearman flight experience apart from others. Friends and family are invited to join the briefing and they can then observe from the terrace as you climb into the cockpit of the plane. And of course they can all wave enthusiastically as you take off too.

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