I took a ride during Sun N Fun 2010. It had to be one of the most amazing experiences I've had so far in aviation. Just to say I flew in such a piece of history is enough but to say I got the chance to fly it and even endure the combat manuevers this plane once did in active duty is one I'll never forget. Nathan was a gentleman and a great pilot. He's got aviation running through his veins! I had the time of my life. You guys are not in the business of flying airplanes and selling rides. You are in the business of making memories. Ryan Nathanson Sun-N-Fun 2010
If you want to go along on Ryan's ride, check out his video in the Video Archives!
Formation recurrency at Kissimmee, FL April 2010. A big Texan Flight thank you to Jack Tyson for his beautiful photos and videos!
Sheree Lynn at Texan Flight's ridehopper booth at Sun-N-Fun 2010
Staying "lead qualified" at Kissimmee NATA formation clinic April 2010. Another "Tyson Original"!
Gintac LEADS the flight of 6 at Dubuque Formation Clinic July 2009
Nathan earns his LEAD qualification at Dubuque Formation Clinic July 2009
A Big Texanflight Thank You to Jack Tyson, Warbird Photographer Extraordinare for his fabulous photographs at Dubuque Formation Clinic and during the Warbird Airshow at Airventure 2009 in Oshkosh, WI.
Hello and I want to thank you for giving me a memory that will stay with me the rest of my life. The 30 minute ride in the WWII Warbird became more than I had ever expected and this is not just a plane ride, it is an adventure beyond words and an investment one can give to themselves for a lifetime of reflection and remembrance. I am looking forward to seeing you next year at the Sun N' Fun Fly In to again take a ride to the unknown of excitement and thrill that comes from riding, rolling and looping while being guided through these exercises by a capable experienced confident and very polite pilot.
Jeannie Keene-Franklin---Sun-N-Fun 09
The ground crew was also very responsive and polite to deal with while signing up for the ride. I want to tell anyone who reads this to definitely take a chance and spend the time to experience a ride in this plane. Even this many weeks later I think about going up in this plane and smile as I relive the joy that came to me. Thank you both for continuing to bring to the public the ability to find, feel and see what flying is all about!!
Jeannie Keene-Franklin Lakeland, Florida
"This is what a completely happy kid looks like". Mom's comment about Connor's ride.
“I think Connor is still flying high! Please thank Nathan again for providing Connor with such a fantastic experience. I guess it's time to look into flight lessons. He is hooked!" Comments made by Connor McLernon’s mom, Kathy after Connor received his reward for completing his Eagle Scout with his Boy Scout troop.
Sherrie Souder getting strapped in and ready to fly!
Nate and Sheree,
Just wanted to say, "Thank You!" one more time for my flight on Saturday. I have long admired the airplane itself and just being able to be in one knowing how important it was in history both to the military pilots and also the WASP program was quite an experience. I can only imagine what it would have been like for the trainees to start in. What music that radial makes. What a sweetheart to fly! I could see myself being completely hooked. I'm still pinching myself that I actually got to fly one. Thank you so much for the opportunity.
Your kindness and enthusiasm are welcoming and made an enjoyable trip even more so. I appreciate all the time you took (especially Nate having to answer so many questions.) I also VERY much appreciate being able to log the time. That is something I will cherish in my logbook. I'm very grateful.
You have a great operation, and I will certainly be bragging on you to others.Thanks again for everything. Let me know if you ever need a co-pilot.............I'll be seeing you again at an airshow this year somewhere. Take care and God Bless,Sherrie Souder
Taken at the opening of the "Fly Girls of WW II" exhibit which opened in their honor on 11/14/08 in Arlington, VA
Texan Flight was honored to give a special Valentine's Day 2009 ride to Joan Lemley at Culpeper Airport. In her own words:
"Had a thousand wishes come true, none could match the day you gave me yesterday. To celebrate 65 years, - a ride in my favorite plane, - and at my "home" base. Something spiritual there, heaven sent! You asked first thought: "Magical suspension of disbelief." You were so extra generous and thoughtful to give me that thrill, Mike. "
Thank you, Joan, for your service and commitment to our country at a time when it was so critically needed. TEXAN FLIGHT salutes YOU!!!
"Took a sponsor flight at the NAS Oceana Show, 2008. It was fantastic--Mike and Nate made me feel a part of the AT-6. They explained everything thoroughly including Safety, the flight, even the aerobatics with Nate. What a fantastic experience"! Christopher Coleman Springfield, VA
"77" on the flight line at the NAS Oceana 50th Anniversary Airshow September 2008
Dan Dayton's 80th Birthday present from his son, Dr. Peter Dayton during Oshkosh, 2008
Dr. Peter Dayton, flew with Tex at Sun-N-Fun 2008 and decided then to surprise his dad for his 80th birthday at EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, WI. We arranged the 30 minute ride and Dan, the birthday boy, didn't know he was going to get the ride until 5 minutes before he was escorted out to "77". Texan Flight really enjoyed being a part of such a special birthday surprise! Thanks, Dr. Dayton and we will see you at Sun-N-Fun, April 2009!
"Nathan had the big Texan in a perfect glide and we descended, bleeding off altitude. I watched the end of the runway pass under the silver wings and barely felt the wheels touch as Nathan set it down.WOW!Just enough to whet my appetite." Sarah Byrn Rickman, author of Nancy Love and the WASP Ferry Pilots of WWII http://www.sarahbyrnrickman.com/books.asp
Hickory Daily Record, Jun 29,2008
I am an old WWII Navy vet.I would give this ride a 4.0!It was fantastic.
Mark "Woody" Woodward Hickory Aviation Museum June 28, 2008
Thank you for a wonderful weekend.It's always a blast when the GOV comes to town.You guys really helped the museum considerably last weekend and on behalf of the entire staff I send you a hearty thanks.Words can't express the plethora of interests you helped generate by having the living, breathing SNJ on the ramp.What we do collectively is magical, and I send you a hearty salute in helping with our endeavor of preserving our history.Mike, I've known you for a while.Nathan and Sheree are great accomplices and you guys are textbook professionals (not to mention a lot of fun!!!).I can't believe the vets that came out!!!!Again, thanks and you know you are always welcome!!!If we can do anything for you.....let us know.
Mike helping Woody Woodward into "77" during the Hickory Aviation Museum Member Appreciation Days, June 2008.
"I just wanted to say thanks, Nathan, for a great ride at Sun n Fun!.... You were great and if I win the lotto I want you to give me my rating in an SNJ-5! What A HOOT! I will see you with my dad this summer at Oshkosh!" Peter M. Dayton MD, FACOG Sun-N-Fun, April 2008
"This was a once in a lifetime experience….Thanks! "
David Blazek-Culpeper, VA
Nathan taxiing out at Sun-N-Fun April 2008
This was one of those things you always wish you could do and when you finally do it... Spectacular! Jim Holcomb, June '08 CAF Silent Auction Winner
"Better than sex, but don't tell my boyfriend!" Name withheld by request Danville, VA May, 2008
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