A Christmas flight in a World War II aircraft fuses history and holiday, much like stuffing a Thanksgiving turkey with the Articles of Confederation or inviting Abraham Lincoln’s ghost to Valentine’s Day dinner. Start a new tradition with today's Groupon: for $89, you get a 40-minute Christmas-themed flight experience over the Metroplex in a historical aircraft from Southern Cross Douglas C-47 (a $245 value). This deal also includes a Southern Cross T-shirt and flight DVD. Flights depart hourly from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday–Sunday, beginning Friday, November 25.
Southern Cross pilots pull customers skyward with more than 2,800 horses’ worth of power as the World War II aircraft soars 1,000 feet above Fort Worth and Arlington Christmas displays. Up to 16 passengers spend 20 minutes getting comfortable inside the historical C-49J fuselage before 20-minute tours depart Meacham field and glide above downtown’s twinkling yuletide displays. Once in the air, fliers are free to explore the cabin for aerial photo ops and don provided hearing protection to drown out engine noise and devious birds singing Thanksgiving and Groundhog Day carols.
Greatest Generation Aircraft
Originally a TWA aircraft, the Southern Cross Douglas C-47 was adopted by the Army Air Corps to shuttle troops to the front. The twin-propeller plane survived World War II and in the ensuing years underwent a series of makeovers. Its career includes years spent as a reliable set of wings for Delta Air Lines, a troupe of skydiving enthusiasts, and at least one head of state. The C-47 is now meticulously restored to its original WWII-era condition and in the dutiful care of Greatest Generation Aircraft, a nonprofit organization that introduces 21st-century crowds to the C-47 during rides and aerial shows.
505 NW 38th St.
Hangar 33 S
Fort Worth, Texas 76106