Man this Warbird, take the best seat, front, and crank up for a low level flight, you design, for 45 minutes. See, at 500 feet above the ground (AGL), the stunning northern new mexico scenery. Do close terrain flight following as military pilots do in Advanced Training. Be at the controls. Read More
Discover the thrill of being at the controls of this capable WWII warbird. See the Valle Caldera, the world's largest naturally formed crater. Do combat aerobatics or simply sightsee the incredible northern new mexico environment. Climb over Los Alamos, drop into the crater, skim over its surface, and end by doing aerobatics if you so desire. Read More
Don Symington graduated from Princeton University in 1967. He earned his Navy wings as a Distinguished Naval Graduate, being selected to fly the F4 Phantom fighter. With 140 missions over North Vietnam and more than 200 'traps' aboard USS Midway he provides experience for all who fly with him. Read More
I recently became a grandmother. As I hold my granddaughters in my arms watching them sleeping peacefully I thank God my family is fortunate enough to live in a country where they will be free to pursue whatever dreams are locked in their little souls. My mind wanders to those who made that possible; the many known and unknown who fought so many wars, past and present, for our freedom allowing each of them to achieve whatever their talents and determination might allow.
As a child I was fascinated by the stories of my ancestors who fought in the revolution, civil war, my grandfather who was in the navy during WWI and my parents' memories of their experiences during WWII. So many from past generations willingly forfeited their dreams and futures for love of their country and a strong sense of duty innately understanding that future generations of Americans, including my grandchildren, would enjoy the definitive fruit of their sacrifices; freedom.
I'm not a pilot, nor have I ever had a great desire to be. I am however a former sailor and an enthusiast of old aircraft, especially that of the WWII era.
On Memorial Day I had the opportunity to take a flight in the vintage, Navy SNJ at Santa Fe Top Gun Adventures. This was a gift from my wife and the adventure started by meeting Ken "Rascal" Kalstad. Ken, a retired Naval Aviator provided me with a history of the SNJ as well as a clear description of the maneuvers we were going to perform. His enthusiastic personality put me immediately at ease and at the same time, excited me about what was to come.
I was at an event in Los Alamos and saw your plane fly by the ski area. Having a long time love affair with WWII planes I told my brother what an awesome ride this looked like. Well he decided to hook me up with a ride the next morning. When he told me I couldn't believe it, I was so excited I couldn't sleep that night.