With pterodactyl hang-gliding fading in popularity over the last 65 million years, humans have had to turn to other forms of flight to satisfy aerial urges. Take to the skies with today’s Groupon to Gauntlet Warbirds in Sugar Grove. Choose between the following options:
- For $234, you get a 40-Minute Extra 300L airplane ride (a $390 value).
- For $234, you get a 40-minute Boeing Stearman airplane ride (a $390 value).
- For $312, you get a 40-Minute T-6 Texan airplane ride (a $520 value).<p>
Passengers of Gauntlet Warbirds stroll the sidewalks of the stratosphere in their choice of aircraft, skimming the clouds high above the skyscrapers of downtown Chicago. Customers can pull off barrel rolls at a rate of 360 degrees per second in the Extra 300L, a certified aerobatic plane, or strap into the cockpit of one of two of the World War II training craft the T-6 Texan and perform military-style maneuvers. The Boeing Stearman’s low-flying capabilities and its sturdy construction made it a popular training craft in World War II and a thrilling ride in today’s world of airborne transportation. Before venturing into the wild blue yonder, one of Gauntlet Warbirds’ experienced instructor pilots sit down with first-time flyers to discuss and design an ideal 40-minute flight, complete with wingovers, tailslides, torque rolls, snap rolls, and maki rolls.
After strapping on flight gear and taking to the sky, amateur aerialists can either let the instructor pilot the plane or grab the controls themselves, steering the bird under the instructor’s tutelage. Once the plane has returned to terra firma, customers can snap photos with the aircraft while wearing their flight gear. Riders can also purchase a video of their ride ($60, not included in this Groupon) as proof of their victory over a bald eagle in a midair wing-wrestling match.