While parasailing is a truly heart-pumping experience, you can get an equally thrilling adrenaline kick from a biplane ride with the pilots at Bird of Paradise. For a few months each year, these thrill seekers arrive in Gulf Shores, Alabama, to allow visitors enjoying the area's beach house and condo rental properties the rare opportunity to test their wits hundreds of feet in the air. If you think you have what it takes to don the familiar leather caps and goggles, then you're the perfect candidate for this once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Ready to relive the Golden Age of aviation? Here's a quick rundown of what you can expect when you make your way to the Jack Edwards Airport in Gulf Shores:
Step back in time to yesteryear
The time of biplane aviation was truly a magical era, when pilots were adventurous enough to try out a piece of equipment that was only just invented. These brave and daring gentlemen were a sight to behold in the skies, whether they were performing for circuses or serving during wartime. You'll have the chance to pretend you were just like these young men by donning the same jackets, helmets, goggles and scarves that flapped in the wind in the days of yore. You may find yourself feeling as though you've traveled back in time by nearly 100 years!
Unlike modern planes, with their controlled cabin pressure and closed cockpits, the biplane is wide open, and you'll be able to watch as your captain steers you around the majestic Gulf Coast. Never mind autopilot, these aviators are engaged and totally focused on their duty.
The Bird of Paradise operators have several different kinds of biplanes, including the 1940 Taylorcraft BL-65, which actually has an enclosed cockpit and once served as a trainer aircraft in the 1930s. Luckily for you, this plane's design allows you to sit right next to the pilot as he glides through the skies.
This is truly an incredible experience, and you'll definitely want to contact all of your friends and family back home and encourage them to head out to Gulf Shores to try it out for themselves!