I had a chance to fly in a B-17 up in Racine, Wisconsin one time a few years back but had to pass it up because it was $400 for a half-hour flight and I didn't have the money. They had open seats, too. I guess once you're in the air, they let you move around from crew station to crew station.
Still regret not doing it, but that's a lot of money. I did get to fly in an old Ford Trimotor passenger plane here a couple of years ago and that was pretty cool and only $60 for a half-hour flight.
I've flown over 1,500 hours in Army helicopters and that's pretty fun, but my favorite flight of all time was in a glider in Illinois. That was an absolute blast and remains my favorite aviation experience.
Most awe-inspiring aircraft I made a few trips in was the C-5 Galaxy. Those things are "Holy Shit!" enormous. They'll hold six Army Blackhawk helicopters. There's a passenger compartment up over the cargo hold that seats about 70 people and you sit backwards and there are only a couple of small round windows in the emergency hatches so you can't see outside.
The first time I took off in one we kept rolling and rolling and rolling and the engines were howling and I was thinking, "This thing's never gonna take off and we're all gonna die."
Coolest aircraft I ever flew in was a C-17 Globemaster when they came out new in the mid-90's. The interior of that thing was straight science-fiction movie. They'll hold 3 Blackhawks.
The only two aircraft I've ever "flown" (i.e., being allowed to take the controls for a few brief, shining moments) were a Huey helicopter and a Citabria fabric-covered two-seat tail-dragger my neighbor took me up in when I was a kid and the Old School, blunt-nosed, 60's vintage fabric glider. I think I'd pick airplanes over motorcycles, but motorcycles are a lot cheaper!
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