Sky High Air Tours - Flying Tours of the Smoky Mountains
The marvel of flight. We've always longed to soar with the birds of the sky and now our wish has come true! Unfortunately, modern air travel has taken out most of the sense of adventure and grandeur of flying. If only there was a way to experience the true thrills of soaring through the air as free as a bird.
Luckily, in the Smoky Mountains you can still experience the romance of the golden age of flight. Sky High Air Tours in the Smokies offers aerial tours in an authentic open cockpit biplane! On boarding this flight, you won't have to worry about subpar inflight meals, crying babies, or a fellow passenger using your shoulder as a pillow. Instead, you can expect stunning views, the wind in your hair, the freedom of the wild blue yonder, and a jovial pilot who loves his job.
This unique flight tour features a restored 1927 Waco Model 10 biplane. This rare airplane (only 18 remain today) is well maintained thanks to the availability of WWII era plane parts. The chance the unique experience of viewing this classic aircraft in action is definitely one of the most unique experiences to be had in the Smokies. Not only can you experience a unique flight, a tour with Sky High Air Tours is a history lesson where you can learn how classic air craft works.
The Sky High Air Tours Experience
After you've booked a flight with Sky High, you will have the chance to meet Mark, a pilot who's had a lifetime of adventures (he's more than happy to trade stories!)
The tour experience is modeled after the experiences of early pilots. Mark will explain the details of how the Waco biplane operates as well as the logistics of takeoff. There is even a photo opportunity where visitors can pose with this gorgeous biplane in old school flying caps, goggles, and scarves to complete a nostalgic scene.
After a comprehensive overview of safety instructions, visitors will board the biplane and takeoff into the clear blue skies. Tours last from 10 to 30 minutes depending on the tour package, but always feature views of the Pigeon Forge Parkway and the gorgeous peaks of the great Smoky Mountains.
Mike loves highlighting points of interest and talking about local history. A headset allows conversation over the roar of the engine and the wind. Feel free to bring a camera to document the stunning views on your flight (just be sure to hold onto it!)
Tips For Sky High Air Tours
- Flying Season – Sky High typically flies from Mid-March to Mid October. Flying is less pleasant in the cold winter months.
- Number of Passengers – The Waco Biplane can carry two passengers and a pilot per ride.
- Reservations – Reservations are encouraged, but not required. If you plan to fly during the popular fall season, it is definitely worth calling ahead of time.
- Rain Checks – If weather causes a flight to be canceled, Mark is happy to reschedule when the conditions are more suitable for flying.
- Clothing – In warm weather, T-shirts and shorts wills suffice. In cooler weather, a jacket will help you enjoy a comfortable flight.
Final Thoughts For Sky High Air Tours
Vacationers in the Smokies who want a unique perspective on the Smoky Mountains will love Sky High Air Tours. From the chance to fly in a historic air craft to the grand views of the scenic Smokies, it's hard to imagine a more stunning way to experience the mountains of Tennessee. After all, where else can you relive the golden age of flight? After a day of fun, adventure, and marvelous mountain landscapes, you can retire to one of our nearby cabins in the Smokies to rest before your next great adventure!
Written by Hayden Brown