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Sometime around the middle of December my wife (Rhonda), my son (Andrew), and I decided to grab a quick lunch at the Greenwood Park Mall food court. As soon as we walked in I noticed this bright yellow and blue bi-plane sitting in the middle of the food court; kinda hard to miss. We got our food and sat down and of course the conversation was ‘that’s a pretty plane”, “I wonder how much they charge for rides”, “maybe I should go check it out”. Of course I didn’t know that Rhonda had already purchased a ticket weeks earlier as a Christmas gift to me; she knows I love to fly.

 

Ok, fast forward to yesterday at 5:30 P.M., my schedule, the pilot’s schedule, and the weather finally all came together and I went flying!

 

I asked Rhonda to gather some information about the plane so I could share that here. First off, it is a Stearman bi-plane that was build in 1942 and is almost completely original still today. The going price for Stearmans was $347 in 1946 and most of them were sold to civilians and converted to crop dusters. There are approximately 1100 left in existence; I don’t know if this is in the U.S. or worldwide. The going price for one today is $100,000. So I’d say if you run across one for oh, say, $90,000----buy it!

 

As I mentioned above, the weather was absolutely perfect, and the ride was very smooth. Pilot Clifford did a wonderful job of flying the plane and answering my questions via radio headsets. If you have any interest in taking a ride I highly recommend giving Bradley Aviation a call. Their contact information is:

 

Bradley Aviation

799 E. County Line Rd.

Greenwood, IN 46143

Ph. (317) 881-0887

 

Here are a few photos Rhonda and I took of the flight....

 

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Your’s truly and Rhonda

 

 

 

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Ok, not so graceful at getting in...

 

 

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The country side looks pretty at 900 feet.

 

 

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I grabbed a few shots over the windshield. I forgot we were going 100 miles per hour!

 

 

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Getting lined up for the landing...

 

 

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Touch down, woohoo!