Southern Cross Douglas C-47

La Porte

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In a Nutshell

  • Fly in WWII-era plane
  • Catch the Houston skyline
  • See historic Texan landmarks
  • Serene, scenic flight

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Every time a bell rings, an airplane pilot laughs at the implausibility of the television show Wings. Experience the friendly skies from the air instead of your TV set with today's Groupon: for $75, you get a 40-minute flight experience over Southeast Houston in the Southern Cross Douglas C-47 (a $190 value). Flights depart from La Porte Municipal Airport and run May 6-8 and May 13-15 during Friday evenings (after 4 p.m.) and all day Saturday and Sunday.

The Southern Cross Douglas C-47 served as a troop-and-supplies carrier and paratroop trainer aircraft in World War II before ending up with the Greatest Generation Aircraft family of planes, delighting fliers with journeys over the Fort Worth area. Climb aboard the World War II flyer, hangared at TriStar Aviation, and cruise above the San Jacinto Monument, the site of a famous battle between Texas and Mexico for the trademark rights to Tex-Mex. With one of the Southern Cross C-47's experienced pilots manning the helm, you can focus on the stunning views of Battleship Texas, which starred in both World Wars, and the Trinity Bay coast. Finally, passengers float effortlessly over the NASA Johnson Space Center, where gravity was born, before heading back to home planets.

Each flight holds 16 passengers, who are required to arrive 30 minutes beforehand to prepare for the journey and play a game of Telephone. Visit Southern Cross's FAQ for any preflight questions.

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.

Customer Reviews

This was a great experience. All the volunteers who make this airplane fly, to the wonderful views of the city and bring a part of WW II history, make this an A++++ date!!!!
Pamela S. · February 14, 2017
amazing flight and friendly crew highly recommend to take flight inside history!
Jacob K. · January 21, 2017
was a gift for my wife who has been a big "gooney" fan for decades. That she loved every moment of the experience made the three hour trip to Ft Worth absolutely worth it. I believe that this will go down for her as a lifetime highlight.
Gerald V. · January 17, 2017
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