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Tiger Moth Joy Ride

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by Sharon Higson (subscribe)
60 and still adventuring !!
Published March 19th 2014
Are you up for some adventure?
The weekend is finally here. You have chosen to cash in your gift certificate and now you are on your way to the Caboolture Airport to take a Tiger Moth Joy Ride where you will go up in a small plane once used to train the pilots of World War II.

Can you say excitement? Your heart is racing, you are almost jumping for joy.

You meet pilot Bryan who talks to you about what you will experience. He walks you past hangars full of vintage aircraft, fighter planes and Cessnas, part of the Caboolture Warplane Museum and introduces you to pilot Nick, who will take you on your experience.

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Caboolture War Plane Museum


You round the last hangar on the left and there she is, your gorgeous bright yellow Tiger Moth, built in 1937.

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A grand old dame!


She is Australian made and has helped countless young pilots learn to fly before being retired after the war. She is a grand old dame that still soars amongst the clouds and she is taking you up into the wild blue yonder.

First you have to gear up with flight jacket, head gear complete with radio to talk to the pilot, and goggles. You get instructions on how to get into the plane, where to step on the wing for support as you climb into the seat in front of Nick. It is a small space with only room for two.

Nick explains the instruments on the panel in front of you after you are securely strapped in to the open air plane. The original gauges show altitude, knots you will be travelling, the compass and more. Make sure to keep your feet away from the rudder pedals.

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Original instruments!


You taxi along, listening to the pilot and flight control and before you can blink you are up.

You can't help but grin from ear to ear as this dream come true ride is everything you had hoped it would be. This is definitely not a ride in a jet plane with a few hundred other people.

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The wild blue yonder!


The cars driving along the roads are toy size. The boats in the river leave pencil thin white lines behind them. The ground is a long way away. The mangroves are plentiful and the water shines between them creating quite a show.

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Mangroves and Bribie Island!


You pass over the houses on Bribie Island, make your way along the undulating coastline back toward the airport, the cloud covered Glass House mountains in the distance.

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Cloud covered Glass House mountains!


How do you describe this to people - thrilling, awesome, spectacular? Yes, all of the above and more. You are in the company of the birds.

On the way back Nick lets you fly the plane. It is easy to keep the joy stick steady. And you think to yourself - I am flying the plane, I must be dreaming.

It is hard to come back down after this but you have a lot of pictures and an amazing memory to share.
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Why? Are you up for some adventure?
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Phone: 07 5428 1195
Where: Caboolture Airport
Cost: Dependant
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