Adventure number 5 (assuming you don’t count everything I did on the 4th of July) has been tackled: a biplane ride over Napa and Sonoma Valleys with acrobatic maneuvers with The Vintage Aircraft Company and my pilot Tom Morris.
The plane is a 1942 Boeing Stearman BiPlane (N56749). We take off heading west from the Sonoma Airport, but immediately make a wide U-Turn and head over the Mayacamas Mountain over to The Napa Valley. We fly over the northern edge of the city of Napa and then head north following Highway 29. It is beautiful to see Napa from the sky! I can make out familiar landmarks in the city, even pinpoint my townhouse!
The flight up-valley is calm and beautiful. We cruise all the way up to Calistoga, then head east back over the Mayacamas. Another turn and we are heading south-west over the Sonoma Valley just this side of the Petaluma river. This is where the fun really starts!
Its acrobatics time! Big ariel loops, inversions, corkscrews, dives and sharp climbs are the order of the day. Although I am locked into my parachute and seat harness, I brace my legs under the restraining bars in the cockpit. I want to lock myself in without encumbering my hands so I can film the maneuvers. Up, around, over, under we go! What a ride. Better than a roller coaster!
Eventually the acrobatics are done and we head east again towards the landing strip. Of course, the landing is perfect and another adventure comes to an end.