OBX Airplane Tours

Enjoy OBX Biplane Rides or OBX Warbird Rides

OBX Biplane Tours

OBX Warbird Tours

OBX Warbird Tours
OBX Biplane Tours

See the Outer Banks by air...experience the magic, romance and adventure of an open-cockpit biplane ride. The wind in your hair, the sun on your face, and joy in your heart! There’s really nothing quite like the experience of open-cockpit flying over the Outer Banks, the rumble of the large radial engine, spectacular views along the beautiful North Carolina coast, all while enjoying a narrated airplane tour from one of our experienced pilots.

If you’re looking for that extra special OBX air tour of a lifetime, experience the joy of flight in our authentic 1943 WWII North American AT-6, 'Sweet Sophia'! Nothing quite compares to the adventure of flying in this incredible aircraft, soaring the skies over the birthplace of aviation is the thrill of a lifetime. These airplane rides make great gifts for that special someone, or treat yourself to one of the best things to do on the Outer Banks!

Airplane Tour Packages

Discovery Air Tour   -   $118

($59/each with two people)

Approx. 10-12 minutes

This introductory airplane tour takes you out to Jennette's Pier on the oceanfront for a glimpse of the beach before heading back to the Manteo Airport on Roanoke Island.

Please note: Discovery Airplane Tours are offered during summer season, based on availability.


Barnstormer Air Tour   -   $198

($99/each with two people)

Approx. 20 minutes

This airplane ride heads north to the Wright Brothers Monument, Jockey's Ridge and shipwrecks, OR south over Wanchese fishing village to Oregon Inlet and the Bodie Island Lighthouse... either route gives you a nice stretch along the ocean with a good chance of seeing dolphins, sea turtles and schools of fish.


Deluxe Air Tour   -   $298

($149/each with two people)

Approx. 30 minutes

This airplane tour includes both the northern and southern routes, an extended airplane cruise including approx. 16 miles along the oceanfront. This tour offers a better chance to see schools of fish, dolphins, sea turtles, shipwrecks, the Bodie Island Lighthouse, and of course The Wright Brothers’ Monument!

Warbird Tour Packages

Discovery Warbird Tour   -   $249.00

Approx. 15 minutes

This tour departs Manteo airport and heads out to the Atlantic Ocean with the opportunity to see the birthplace of aviation - the Wright Brothers Monument - from your seat in the sky. Aerobatics are not included in this flight.


Beach Tour 1   -   $449

Approx. 30 minutes

Head out to the ocean and enjoy a few maneuvers along the beach if you like! This flight gives you the opportunity to fly the beach looking for sea life, check out the Bodie Island Lighthouse and several piers, and also view the Wright Brothers Monument from the sky. This flight includes aerobatics if you like!


Beach Tour 2   -   $649.00

Approx. 45 minutes

Enjoy even more time along the beach! This extended tour offers you a better chance of seeing sea life and possibly a shipwreck or two and also includes all of the above sights. Enjoy a few aerobatics if you like!


Deluxe Warbird Tour   -   $849.00

Approx. 60 minutes

Why not treat yourself and fly our extended beach tour in this beautiful warbird?! This deluxe airplane tour gives you the longest time to enjoy ‘Sweet Sophia’, cruising along the ocean with even more chances to check out the best of the Outer Banks, heading down south to Rodanthe Pier to check out a couple shipwrecks, then back north up to Pine Island near Corolla. Aerobatics are included if you like!

Click HERE for a sample of Texan aerobatic flight!

For a limited time, we will be offering SUNSET BIPLANE TOURS!  Please call for availability!

Aerobatic Outer Banks Biplane Tours

This extra special tour is offered with the 20 or 30 minute beach tours and must be booked ahead of time. Includes:

2 wingovers and 2 loops ..........$79 in addition to tour charge.

4 wingovers and 4 loops (twice the fun!)......$99 in addition to tour charge.


Custom Outer Banks Airplane Tours....why not treat yourself and fly longer?

Ask about our custom-route airplane rides which give you a little longer time in the air!

Biplane Air Tour FAQs

How many people can travel per trip?

The front cockpit accommodates two average size passengers (approx. weight limit is 400 lbs. for two people). Extra large folks may be surprised to find plenty of room and a comfortable ride when flying alone in the front seat. It does require some dexterity to climb into the cockpit, so if you think that might be an issue, please discuss with our staff BEFORE showing up for the flight. We reserve the right to charge full trip price if the actual weights are over the stated weights and for this reason we are not able to take the flight.

Is there an age limit or a weight limit?

We've taken as young as 3 years old and as old as 89. We do ask that those under age 12 are accompanied by an adult. The biplane accomodates two passengers, and we do have weight and balance restrictions. To ensure a safe and comfortable ride, we keep the weight limit for the two passengers to a combined total of approx. 415 lbs depending upon fuel load.

What should I wear for the flight?

In general, we suggest that you wear what you normally would for the time of year, it's the same temperature up on the flight as it is on the ground. We do recommend sunglasses - scarves are optional!

What is your cancellation policy?

We're pretty flexible, but please call us as soon as possible if you need to cancel your flight. We do reserve the right to charge the full trip charge as a 'No Show' fee if you don't call to cancel your reservation.

Where do you take us?

We have great tour route choices that we offer to show you the largest number of local attractions in the area for your flight time. However, if you'd like to see a specific spot (for example your cottage or property, etc.) just let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate that in your time frame.

Where are you located?

We fly out of Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo, NC, which is located just past the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. For directions, please click HERE.

Can I get a last minute gift certificate?

Sure.... just give us a call at 252-216-7777 or email us at obxbiplanes@gmail.com and we'd be happy to email you a custom gift certificate. They make great gifts for graduations, birthdays, anniversaries or any special occasion. An OBX Biplanes flight over the beach is one of the best things to do on the Outer Banks, and if you're lucky, they'll ask YOU to go along!

Is it hard to get in and out of the front cockpit?

Passengers climb up onto the wing and step into the front cockpit of the biplane. It does require some dexterity, so please give us a call to discuss if there are any mobility issues.

Warbird Airplane Ride FAQs

What is a 'warbird'?

A warbird is a vintage military aircraft, in this case, a beautifully maintained T6 Texan AT6 named 'Sweet Sophia'. This aircraft was one of the most important aircraft in aviation history and it is a pleasure and an honor to be able to offer flights in this airplane.

Is there a weight limit or an age limit?

We restrict the passenger weight to 275 lbs. Please call if you have any questions about passenger ages (young or old)!

Is it hard to get in and out of the rear cockpit?

We have a very safe, heavy duty step ladder that we use when assisting passengers in and out of the cockpit, and of course we are there to assist any way we can. It does require some dexterity to get in and back out, so please call to discuss if you think that might be an issue.

Can I bring a camera?

Yes, we do allow passengers to bring their own phone or camera but have found that can be very distracting from the flight for passengers. We take pictures for you before and after the flight, and also offer custom Hi-Def flight videos, so we recommend you leave the equipment behind and concentrate on the joy of flying in an authentic WWII T-6 Texan warbird!

What is your cancellation policy?

We're pretty flexible, but please call us as soon as possible if you need to cancel your flight. We do reserve the right to charge the full trip charge as a 'No Show' fee if you don't call to cancel your reservation.

How many people can travel per trip?

The Texan accomodates a single passenger.