Aircraft Rides at the Fly/In Cruise/In

The 31st Annual Fly/In Cruise/In featured rides in this 1930 D-25 New Standard Biplane with pilot Dewey Davenport of Goodfolk & O'Tymes Biplane Rides of Dayton, Ohio. 

There are only 8 of these New Standards flying today. 


North American T-6 Texan

Rides were also available on this North American T-6 Texan, a single engine fighter trainer aircraft that was used to train US, Canadian and British forces during World War II and through the 1950s. The T-6 is known by a variety of designations - the AT-6 (USAF), the SNJ (USN), and is most commonly known as the Harvard outside the United States. Our aircraft is an AT-6D. More than 17,000 T-6 airframes of various designations were produced. Today there are still more than 350 in airworthy condition. 


The T-6 was known as the "pilot maker" for its role in preparing Allied pilots for combat. It is an excellent trainer, possessing the handling characteristics of fighter and the capacity for full aerobatic maneuvering. In World War II, pilots logged considerable hours in the T-6 before moving up to the faster P-51 Mustang. Even now, insurance companies require significant time in a T-6 before agreeing to insure a pilot for the P-51.

Our T-6 is owned by Nathan Davis and operated by the Warbird Training Center based out of Kokomo, Indiana. #35 is a tribute to the 325th Fighter Group called the "The Checkertail Clan." 


Rides were also available in this 1944 Fairchild PT-26 Cornell brought to us by the Indiana wing of the CAF.  The PT-26 was used as a primary trainer during WWII to train pilots for both the USAAF and the RCAF.  A 12-year restoration of this aircraft was completed in 1999.  Of the 1,727 Pt-26s built, only 76 of them remain airworthy.