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DC-3 / C-47 Flying Adventure

The Adventure
Fly a legendary airliner over Florida. The Douglas DC-3 (also know as the C-47 Skytrain) is the plane that made air travel popular. This isn't just a ride. It's a chance for you to take off, fly and land a piece of aviation history. You'll be the one in the pilot's seat.

TThis incredible "left seat" adventure takes off from Punta Gorda Airport in Punta Gorda, Florida. In the 1940’s, the airport was known as Punta Gorda Army Airfield and served as a combat training field for P40 Warhawk and P-41 Mustang pilots. From the time the war ended, until 2011, the airport was known as Charlotte County Airport. No special flight experience is needed. All you need is a pilot's license, a love of the DC-3 and a desire to learn what it's like to fly one*.

*Non-pilots may be able to fly if certain conditions are met.
Call or email for details.

Each introductory flight experience begins with a short briefing. Your flight instructor will cover starting, taxi, takeoffs, landings, checklists, and emergency procedures. Before you know it, you'll be ready to taxi an incredibly large multi-engine tailwheel airplane.

How large is large? The DC-3's wingspan is almost 100 ft. The plane can carry over 820 gallons of fuel and each engine oil tank holds almost 30 gallons of oil. On takeoff, she can produce over 2400 Horsepower. The big girl is capable of carrying almost 5000 pounds of anything that will fit through the door and yet she needs just 3000 feet of runway. We should warn you. Taking off is not as easy as it looks. (Don't worry. An FAA-certified instructor will be sitting in the co-pilot seat to talk you through it.) Once airborne, where you go and what you do is pretty much up to you. Practice approaches, take-offs or landings or simply enjoy the view from a DC-3.

The Plane
Our Florida DC-3 was incorporated into the military in 1943 and flew in the D-Day Invasion (Normandy), Operation Market Garden (Holland) and Operation Varsity (Rhine) before being decommissioned in 1945. The plane is also known for its TV and movie work. You’ll fly in the same DC-3 featured in the James Bond movie “Quantum of Solace” and a successful French movie "Sur La Piste Du Marsupilami".

Your Instructor
You will fly with an FAA-certified DC-3 pilot and instructor. (He’s also type-rated in the DC-4, DC-6 and DC-7.) Choose to complete an introductory one-hour flight or extend your flight time.

Complete Pilot-In-Command and Second-In-Command training is available. If you’re a pilot interested in getting your PIC/SIC Type Rating in a DC-3 (C-47), contact Incredible Adventures for detailed pricing.

Punta Gorda Airport is in Charlotte County, Florida, on the state’s Gulf Coast, between Sarasota and Fort Myers.

The Packages

If you're a DC-3 / C-47 fan, you'll love our introductory flight program, which includes a pre-flight briefing, about an hour of flying and lots of time for photos. If you're a DC-3 / C-47 fanatic, you'll want our deluxe program, which includes twice the flying time. Pricing starts at $2650.

For complete package details and pricing, call 800-644-7382 or email us today.

A Plane By Any Other Name...

World War II veterans and historians will remember the DC-3 as the C-47 "Skytrain". The military version of this incredible aircraft was used by Allied Forces to transport troops and supplies around the world. The plane nicknamed "the Gooney Bird" quickly earned a reputation as a reliable workhorse, capable of flying anywhere in any weather. The US Navy referred to the plane as the R4D and the British called her the Dakota. Still others called her the Skytrooper. By any name, she's an incredible plane.

E-mail or call Incredible Adventures today for further details: 800 644-7382

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