Today I got the opportunity to take an amazing flight in a PT-17 thanks to Mike at www.wingsovergreenvillesc.com Where I live is quite literally right up against the fence of the Greenville Downtown Airport so thanks to some birthday cash I was finally able to be passenger instead of just observer of this flight.
It's billed as a sightseeing tour, but I think I was more interested in watching the gauges and how the plane reacted in flight. It was an overcast and cold day today, but this didn't make any difference to me!
It was also windy, and it was very interesting to see and feel the plane skidding around against the wind. I mentioned to the pilot (Mike) that I was an avid sim pilot (mentioning JG1 of course!) and at one point in the flight he actually let me take control of the plane, flying it level for a bit, then banking into left and right turns. Feeling the wind buffeting the plane, and the force feedback of the stick filled in a sorely missing bit of digital flight experience.
He even pulled a wing-over, and feeling the positive and negative G's, and hearing the engine roar as he fed it more throttle during the climb was an amazing experience.
I went to take a final picture of us coming down to land, but alas, my phone had died. Enjoy the pictures!