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Flight Experiences

Take flight in a variety of modern and vintage aircraft.

Feel the thrill of flight! Experience military history come to life on a Beechcraft T-34, take a trip to the ’70s in near factory original condition Varga 2150A , or fly in a state-of-the-art Tecnam P2010! Your flight will take off from our second location Exploration of Flight at Centennial Airport and take you on a 30-minute trip. Our flights are run by certified pilots.

Flight Prices (per person):
Beechcraft T-34 Mentor: $400
L-19 Bird Dog: $225
Tecnam P2010: $200
Varga 2150A Kachina: $160

Flight Information:

  • Total flight experience is one hour; flight time is approximately 30 minutes.
  • Flight capacity is 1 pilot and 1 passenger (except Tecnam can hold 1-2 passengers)
  • Age, weight and height requirements vary; please refer to aircraft information below.
  • Passengers must be physically able to board and dismount the aircraft safely and without assistance.
  • Plane and pilot availability vary, which can impact flight schedules.

To reserve your flight, please fill out the form below.
Please note: One form is required per passenger. Please book at least two weeks out from current date.

Beechcraft T-34 Mentor

Beechcraft T-34 Mentor

Walter Beech originally developed the T-34 Mentor in 1948 as the Beechcraft Model 45, a general aviation trainer aircraft. At the time, the US Military had a surplus of trainers from WWII. The aircraft saw early military use in Japan, Spain, Turkey, and several South American countries. In 1953, the US Air Force selected the aircraft as its initial trainer to meet the needs of jet pilots, christening it the T-34. The US Air Force purchased 450 T-34As, and in 1954, the US Navy purchased 420 T-34Bs. Over 1,450 aircraft were manufactured in other countries for local use, including Fuji Heavy Industries of Japan and FMA of Argentina.

Reservation Information:

  • Pricing: $400 per flight per passenger
  • Fight Capacity:  1 pilot/1 passenger
  • Minimum age: 12 years
  • Plane and pilot availability vary, which can impact flight schedules.
More Information & Specification

The US Air Force moved away from the T-34 in the late 1950’s switching to the T-37 jet trainer with the US Navy favoring the T-6 Texan II by the mid-1980s. Wings Over the Rockies’ Model T-34A ‘Mentor’ was previously owned and flown by the Lima Airshow Team, hence the LL21 designation on its right wing.

Aircraft Specifications:

  • Engine: Continental O-470, 225 hp
  • Cruise Speed: 165 mph
  • Maximum Speed: 214 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 30,000 feet
  • Length: 28 feet 8 inches
  • Wingspan: 33 feet, 4 inches
  • Crew: One
  • Passengers: One
  • Number Built: Over 2,300 units

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L-19 Bird Dog

L-19 Cessna Bird Dog

The L-19 Bird Dog was developed from the civilian Cessna 170. It was designed to satisfy the U.S Army’s need for a more rugged airplane that could serve as a liaison and observation aircraft following World War II. The name Bird Dog was chosen because the role of the airplane was to locate the enemy and fly overhead until artillery could make it to the enemy.

Production of the L-19 began in 1950 and the first L-19’s saw service during the Korean war. 1962 and later models of the L-19 were re-designated as O-1’s by the U.S Military and saw service during the Vietnam War.

  • Pricing: $225 per flight per passenger
  • Flight Capacity: 1 pilot/1 passenger
  • Minimum Age: 12 years
  • Plane and pilot availability vary, which can impact flight schedules.
More Information & Specifications

This 1959 Cessna L-19 was originally sold to the French military. Following its service with the French military, our L-19 was used as a test aircraft for a larger and more powerful engine than what is currently installed. It was fully restored to factory original condition 2007 and in 2008 it won the Phoenix Award at the Sun N Fun Airshow. It has 60 degrees of flap travel, which is double most civilian airplanes.

Aircraft Specifications:

  • Engine: Continental Piston
  • Cruise Speed: 104 mph
  • Maximum Speed: 132 mph
  • Length: 25.8 feet
  • Wingspan: 36 feet
  • Crew: One
  • Passengers: One
  • Number Built: 3,431 units

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Tecnam P2010

Tecnam P2010

The Tecnam P2010 is an Italian built general aviation aircraft. First unveiled in 2011, this twenty-first century design features extensive use of composite materials, a spacious cabin, and Garmin G1000 avionics. This is a high-wing, four-seat, high-performance airplane suited to private owners and flight schools. The P2010 is the most comfortable ride in the Wings Over the Rockies fleet, with adjustable leather seats and lots of elbow room.

Reservation Information:

  • Suggested Donation: $200 per flight per passenger
  • Fight Capacity:  1 pilot/1-2 passengers
  • Minimum age: 8 years
  • Plane and pilot availability vary, which can impact flight schedules.
More Information & Specifications

Tecnam is an Italian airplane manufacturer founded in 1986, and was the result of the sale of the original airplane manufacturing company, Partenavia to the Italian government. Partenavia was founded by two aviation enthusiast brothers Luigi “Gino” Pascale, and Giovanni “Nino” Pascale in 1950 after some success with their P55 Tornado aircraft which won the Giro di Sicilia race in 1950. The Pascale’s brothers first aircraft, the P48 Astore, was actually built in their garage in Via Tasso in 1948.

Aircraft Specifications:

  • Engine: Lycoming IO-390 215 hp
  • Cruise Speed: 147 mph
  • Maximum Speed: 160 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 15,000 feet
  • Length: 26 feet 2 inches
  • Wingspan: 33 feet 10 inches
  • Crew: One
  • Passengers: Up to Two Adults
  • Number Built: Approximately 200 units

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Varga 2150A Kachina

Varga 2150A Kachina

In the 1950s, William J. Morrissey designed an airplane inspired by the trainer aircraft of WWII, featuring tandem seating and a center joystick. The aircraft construction rights were sold to Shinn Engineering Inc. and later to the Varga Aircraft Corporation in 1965. Based in Chandler Arizona, Varga christened the aircraft “Kachina,” named for the spirits of the local Hopi tribe. Varga’s model included a larger engine, generating 150hp. This gave the 2150A superior performance to competing two-seat aircraft of the era.

Reservation Information:

  • Pricing: $160 per flight per passenger
  • Fight Capacity:  1 pilot/1 passenger
  • Minimum age: 12 years
  • Maximum weight: 200 lbs.
  • Maximum height: 72 inches
  • Some passengers under 72″ with long torsos may not have sufficient headroom.
  • Plane and pilot availability vary, which can impact flight schedules.
More Information & Specifications

Varga ceased production in 1982, among the many general aviation manufactures which went out of business in the 1980s. There are 83 aircraft still registered in the United States. Of the surviving examples, several reside in Colorado. The aircraft at Wings Over the Rockies is vintage 1977 with factory original paint and upholstery. This plane offers low operating costs with exceptional style, great for first-time flyers and sight-seeing. The 2150A is the smallest aircraft in the Wings Over the Rockies fleet; passenger height and weight limitations are nonnegotiable for flight safety.

Aircraft Specifications:

  • Engine: 150 hp Avco Lycoming O-320-A2C Flat Four
  • Cruise Speed: 135 mph
  • Maximum Speed: 170 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 22,000 feet
  • Length: 21 feet 2 inches
  • Wingspan: 30 feet
  • Crew: One
  • Passengers: One
  • Number Built: 121 units

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Questions? Contact Flight@WingsMuseum.org today!