There's never been a better time to chuckle maniacally at gridlock traffic than when you're comfortably perched above it all, inside an authentic 1930s WACO biplane. You will soar over either the Atlanta skyline or Stone Mountain as you snap photos and grin like fools. Take that, rush hour.
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a…no, no, we were right. It's a plane. An authentic 1930s WACO (rhymes with 'taco') biplane, to be precise. And snugly inside the cockpit, right in front of your expert pilot, there is room for you to stare wonder-eyed at the cozy little town of Atlanta down below. You can even combine trips with a friend, if you'd like. Steve is the mastermind behind the magnificent winged creatures of Biplane Rides Over Atlanta, and to say that he has a passion for flight, would be a dramatic understatement. Luckily, he is more than happy to share his wealth of knowledge.
The company behind these planes, WACO (Weaver Aircraft Company) was founded back in 1920, and churned out 'murican aircrafts all through WWII. Once the war subsided, the leftover planes were sold via military surplus, where they made their merry way onto farmers' fields. As Steve explains, "the biplane is what introduced the civilians of America to flying." And now, the round engine plane, with two sets of wings and a fetching wooden propeller, is doing the same for the civilians of Atlanta. During your flight in the authentic barnstormer, you will see the ATL that you know and love, but from a brand-spankin' new perspective.
And speaking of perspectives, you've got some choices to make between two biplane routes. First up, "The Old-Timer." It's a flight above and around the stunning skyline of the ATL, including biplane-eye views of Ted Turner Field, Centennial Park and The Georgia Dome. Alternatively, if you're feeling drawn to the more natural side of things, "The Walter Mitty" should do just fine, swooping over Stone Mountain, with breathtaking views of the entire park, Stone Mountain Village and more. And while situated snuggly in the biplane, you can take photos before, after and during the flight. Just don't Instagram too many cloud pictures.