A-A Island Blog

An alternative tour of Martha's Vineyard... from the air

Posted by Benn Whitney on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 @ 12:39 PM

Most people who come to the Martha's Vineyard think about exploring the island in a car, on a bike, or perhaps even on their boat. Another option to consider is to take a ride in a classic biplane...

Last summer, Robert and I spent part of an evening flying around in a white biplane with our pilot Eric. He took us out over the ocean and around Chappy, then up the coast to Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven. After that we cruised down through the center of the island and back to South Beach, where we eased into a backflip over the beach. Needless to say, it was an incredible experience.

The interior of the biplane is fascinating. There are all kinds of guages and switches. We were instructed to keep our feet off of the working rudder pedals on the floor. Luckily, we were allowed to operate the button to activate the microphone to communicate with the pilot. The traditional leather caps and goggles provided were a riot. Don't forget your camera; just remember to strap it to your wrist before you go upside down.

The Katama airfield is right by South Beach and you can grab a meal at the Right Ford Diner while you're there. Check them out online at http://www.biplanemv.com. It's something that we definitely recommend- you won't be disappointed. 

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