Barnstorming.com
Home Biplane Rides Air Combat Warbird Adventures Cadet Flights Fly/Dine Package Our Prices Purchase Tickets Gift Cards About Us Questions Fan Mail Gallery Contact Us Directions/Map
Air Combat*

*Currently not available

     
Air Combat

Fly air combat in our special dogfight aircraft! Just like you've seen on TV and in the movies. Except you'll be doin' the yankin' and bankin'! This is a hands-on, heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping aerial combat mission. You'll fly under the guidance of your assigned pilot (most of our pilots are real active-duty Marine Corps and Navy fighter pilots). But make no mistake, you're calling the shots, literally! No pilot's license or experience required.

There are several excellent outfits around the country that charge about $1400 or more for air combat. They use expensive laser "guns" and video systems. They conduct somewhat longer preflight briefings (our's take about 30 minutes), and fly slightly longer flights (our flights are about 45-55 minutes) in more complex aircraft. Our flights are just as challenging. By skipping the bells and whistles (video and lasers systems), you can have just as much fun and save $1000 per person. We've had a WWII ace (he flew P-51s in Europe), a couple of F-86 pilots from Korea, several Vietnam-era F-4 pilots, and an F-18 pilot who flew combat missions in the Gulf come fly with us. They all came back hootin'& hollerin', saying it was the most fun they'd had in years.

Email from a customer:

Hello!

On Sunday afternoon myself, my wife Ursula and our two sons, Derek and Kevin had the enjoyment of flying with your company. Derek and Kevin flew the combat mission, Ursula and I flew in the biplane.

I would like to extend my thanks to you for a most enjoyable afternoon. Because of the routine of these flights and the number of times you have flown them, it would be easy for you to "go through the motions". You didn't do that at all. You were friendly, understanding, well-prepared and presented the program in a manner that made it exciting for everyone involved. All of us, and especially Derek and Kevin, enjoyed it very much. We will certainly be back again sometime in the near future, and we will highly recommend your program to our friends.

Thanks again for a great afternoon of flying.

With kindest regards,
Wally Murker
Torrance, Cal.

We have been serving Southern California since 1994. Over 100,000 delighted passengers have flown with us! Travel Channel #1 Pick. Groups welcome.

Click here to buy now or check out our prices.


Reservations and Limitations

Maximum weight: 230 pounds. Maximum height: about 6'3". Minimum age: Probably around 10 years old.

Not for the weak of stomach!

Reservations are required for all flights. We generally fly dogfights on weekends. Call to check availability before purchasing. Weekday dogfights are occasionally available, but since most of our pilots are active-duty fighter pilots, weekday scheduling is not always possible. It's best to call 1-2 weeks in advance (sometimes more when it is very busy) to get the time you want. However, last minute
scheduling is sometimes possible. Call 1-800-SKY-LOOP (1-800-759-5667) to reserve your flight.

Please call one hour before your flight to be sure the weather is cooperating. Plan on arriving 15 minutes before your scheduled departure. That will give you time to fill out a short waiver form that is required for all passengers. And, you'll have time for pictures before you takeoff.

Tickets are good for six months from date of purchase. We have a 14-day refund policy. All refunds are subject to a 10% service fee. Beyond 14 days of purchase, there are no refunds for any reason. Please call 24 hours in advance if you can not make your scheduled departure. There are no refunds or reschedules for "no shows" and for cancellations with less than the required 24 hours notice. We will reschedule your flight if there is a cancellation due to weather.


About Our Air Combat Aircraft

Our aircraft are propeller-driven, 150-horsepower Varga VG-21s. They have excellent climb and turning performance, and room for two pilots in tandem seating with joystick controls. These particular aircraft aren't USAF or Navy (although the Navy did have several VG-21s in its inventory), but ours do carry military paint schemes. They are an absolute pleasure to fly. We'd love to offer rides in planes built during the Second World War, but the only WWII fighter available that you can fly is a P-51 based in Florida. They charge a mere $2400 for a 60 minute flight. The only jet combat flights we know of are available from the Russians for about $12,500, plus transportation to Russia.

The aircraft we fly started out life as the Morrisey Nifty. It was designed by Douglas Aircraft Corporation test pilot Bill Morrisey just after WWII. Later the design was modified, and sold by Shinn as the all-metal, tricycle gear 2150. Finally, the design was produced by Varga as the 2150A. Manufacturing stopped in the mid '80s, although there are rumors that a new firm may start building the aircraft again.

The US Navy and the Air Force bought and flew variants of the design, and a number of the aircraft are flying in military colors. One of our aircraft was operated by the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Here's what the writers have to say about the planes we fly and the experience:

"The tricycle gear tandem two-seater, with its canopy folded, calls out for a Klaxon to sound the alert that will send two pilots running for the cockpit, eager to take on a hell-bent squadron of snarling Messershmitts....I roll back into level flight and twist my neck around in search of bogeys. The canopy provides unobstructed 360-degree view. My thumb instinctively moves to the black button on top of the stick. I push it, expecting a volley of bullets and tracers to stream out ahead."

Tom Haines AOPA Pilot


"The concept started out in 1947 with Douglas Aircraft chief test pilot Bill Morrisey....Handling has to be rated absolutely superb, and the airplane is a complete delight to fly. From the first pull on the stick for rotation on takeoff, the aircraft displays a pitch reaction that is unusually crisp and authoritative, but not hair-trigger quick. Aileron control, too, is a joy."

Aviation Consumer


"The quality of the crate matters little. Success depends upon who sits in it."

Baron Manfred von Richthofen