One thing you can say about Trisha – she knows how to have fun. This afternoon, she treated me to a ride in a biplane over San Diego. What better thing is there to do for no particular reason at all?
Here is the plane. As in all photos in this post, you can click on it to enlarge. Everyone who lives in San Diego has seen this blue and red biplane in the sky at one time or another. The plane was built in 1927. It is thirty years older than I am, and by far the oldest plane I have ever been in. Think of it. The Wright Brothers first flew in 1903. This plane was built just 24 years after that!
We’re gonna fly!
Here we are over the ocean, looking back to the Torrey Pines glider port. The cliff was swarming with paragliders. We stayed offshore so we didn’t get too close to any of them. If you zoom in and carefully look by the red arrows, you see a couple of them.
Below at the blue arrow is the infamous San Diego Blacks Beach. Do you see any of the nude sunbathers? I looked, but they were too far away.
We turned around and headed for La Jolla. Here is a quick video looking over the hood.
Speaking of La Jolla, here is a good look down at the famous La Jolla cove. You can see all the people on the beach.
And here is a view of the little cove (upper right) where there is a lot of controversy because it’s been taken over by seals. Some want to ban the seals, because they pollute the beach. Others say it’s their beach. Leave them alone.
Looking back, you can see our pilot. How in the world he can see anything back there is beyond me! He pretty much flies the plane looking sideways and down. At one time he pointed out a school of dolphins in the water near the beach and pointed the wing down at them was we circled over the spot checking them out.
Heading back inland now, here is a great view of Mission Bay.
Here is one of the San Diego canyons, with downtown in the back on the left.
Snoopy was also busy taking pictures. All that was missing was her scarf flying behind her in the wind.
Finally, our approach back to the runway. The plan just dive bombed down for the approach. The landing took what seemed just a few seconds.
And that was a superb way to spend a Tuesday afternoon. It’s called an “Adventure.”
2 thoughts on “It’s Tuesday Afternoon – Let’s Fly in a Biplane!”
Very brave! I always think flying in those old things is like flying in a soap bubble. We have one that flies over our condo to the nearby Air Museum and runway a couple of times a day. To me, it sounds like WWI.
It felt like WW I.