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.
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.
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.