Who Is Waldo?
Waldo Wright’s Flying Service will take you on the adventure of a lifetime!
What started in 1995 with the dream of restoring two New Standard biplanes to recapture the "Golden Age of Aviation" has grown into America’s largest vintage biplane ride company.
The New Standard airplane was designed specifically for barnstorming at the request of Ivan Gates, the proprietor of the famous Gates Flying Circus. Gates, with Clyde Pangborn, formed and operated one of the largest groups of barnstorming airplanes from the middle 1920s and into the 1930s. Carrying 4 passengers in a large front open cockpit, the airplane was instrumental in introducing hundreds of thousands of people to their first airplane ride, when aviation was in its infancy. Many still remember flying out of a pasture near their hometown when they were young. There are very few of these magnificent airplanes still operating today; in fact, Waldo owns two of the seven presently airworthy and flying.
Waldo Wright's Flying Service also offers flights for a single passenger in the legendary Boeing Stearman. The Stearman was the primary trainer of WWII. Many a young man and woman would leave their jobs as a school teacher, doctor, baseball player, or housewife when they entered the military, and climb into this biplane to learn the basics of flight. Cadets were expected to solo in only 8 hours time. Once the Stearman was conquered, cadets would then transfer on to a basic trainer (BT-13,) the advanced trainer (T-6 or AT-11,) and then on to either a fighter (P-51) or bomber (B-29.) The Stearman aircraft laid down the foundation that would carry these pilots through the rest of their careers, and that "seat-of-the-pants" flying knowledge many times saved them from disaster in the more advanced aircraft.
The Travel Air E-4000 was THE aircraft of its day. Originally designed by Clyde Cessna, Walter Beech, and Lloyd Stearman, Waldo's Travel Air will be mounted on sea plane floats. This unique ride is the only one operating commercially in the world, and is currently under modification.
We invite you to browse our website to learn more about our unique airplanes and those of us who are trying to "Relive the Golden Age of Aviation."
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We were there this past Sat and you took our Uncle George Grimes for a ride. This met the world to him and to us. At almost 93 he will not be around to long. In his own words, this was the best day ever and he said he will never forget. And for him to fly the plane he learned to fly in at 18 years old in Navy colors was just icing on the cake. You and your Husband are wonderful people. Thank you from the bottom of our Hearts. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you...
- Randy Bryant