Plane Rides

Runway 5k

World War Two Aircraft Flights
Experience the thrill of a lifetime during a flight in an authentic WWII aircraft. Allow one of our veteran pilots to soar with you over the rural countryside of Virginia Beach, the Intracoastal Waterway and the sand dunes of the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge. Whether you are a history buff, an explorer or a photographer, we guarantee a breathtaking experience.

1941 Boeing Stearman
Ready your goggles, helmet and white flying scarf for a flight in the museum’s 1941 Boeing Stearman PT-17 Kaydet. This open-cockpit flight is perfect for photographers who always wanted a bird’s eye view of Virginia Beach.

            15-Minute Flight - $169
            30-Minute Flight - $279

1941 Stearman Airplane Flights

1989 Waco YMF-5
Looking to share your flight experience with a companion? If so, then step on up to the Military Aviation Museum’s Waco YMF-5 biplane. This modernized spin on a classic aircraft is designed with a three-seat cockpit, perfect for the thrill seeking couple.

            15-Minute Flight - Single or Double Passenger, $225
            30-Minute Flight - Single or Double Passenger, $375

Includes Free Military Aviation Museum Ballcap or T-shirt!

1989 WACO WMF-5 Airplane Flights

Schedule your ride now!
To schedule a ride for yourself or buy a gift certificate for someone special, call the museum's gift shop at (757) 721-7767 or email

Your ride certificate is good for six months from purchase date. It is transferrable but non-refundable. The recipient of the gift certificate is responsible for contacting the Military Aviation Museum to schedule the flight either by phone at (757) 721-7767 or email at

You will be required to complete the Warbird Flight Indemnity Form prior to flight.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What if the weather is bad the day of my ride?
    All rides are subject to favorable weather. If it looks like the ride needs to be rescheduled, we will contact you and agree on a new date and time.

  2. What should I wear?
    We want you to be comfortable, but we do recommend jeans, socks and closed-toe shoes (leather shoes are best). Don't forget your sunglasses!

  3. When should I arrive for my flight?
    We ask that you arrive no later than 30 minutes before your scheduled time so that you can receive your ride brief.

  4. Do I actually get to fly?
    Yes, you do (if you want to)! We do the takeoff and landing, but the rest can be up to you.

  5. I’m a pilot, can I log this time?
    If you are tailwheel endorsed, you can log any time that you are the sole manipulator of the flight controls. If you are not tailwheel endorsed, you must make prior arrangements to consider the flight a training flight.

  6. Can I upgrade my certificate?
    Yes, you can. You can apply your gift certificate toward the cost of any flight you want, or you can increase the amount of your certificate to whatever you wish.

  7. Can I reschedule my flight?
    Yes, but restrictions may apply. Rescheduling will be handled on a case-by-case basis and depend upon many factors, such as availability of the aircraft and pilot.

  8. How should I prepare for my flight?
    No preparations are necessary. Just show up and be ready to have fun.

  9. How are your aircraft maintained?
    Our aircraft are maintained in accordance with FAA-mandated inspections and the aircraft manufacturer's maintenance procedures. All maintenance is performed by FAA-certified and drug-tested Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanics that are on staff right here at the Fighter Factory’s maintenance facility at the Military Aviation Museum.

  10. What is the Military Aviation’s safety record?
    The Military Aviation Museum has an excellent safety record and pilots with tens of thousands of hours of flight time. The Military Aviation Museum has an FAA Letter of Authorization to conduct flights and maintains compliance with the requirements to do so, including aircraft inspections, documentation, and pilot training and proficiency.



**We reserve the right to refuse the flight due to limitations that would adversely impact your safety, the flight, or the crew, such as height and weight, physical or mental impairments, health complications, or any other issues that the management or pilot deems a risk.