Keith and I had previously flown in the New Standard N-25 biplane at Fantasy of Flight. This time (January 2012) we opted for individual rides in the Stearman N2S-3 biplane that Waldo Wright's Flying Service flies.
This time it was flight instruction. We took turns riding for half an hour in the front cockpit of the Stearman with our instructor in the back, connected via radio and a small mirror. It was a good chance to work on basics with a skilled, laid-back instructor, and I used the time to work on turns. Right and left turns; 90, 180, 270, and 360 degrees; at bank angles of 20, 30, and 45 degrees. I had either forgotten or never understood that in the Stearman you don't generally need rudder on a left turn, only on a right turn, because of the torque of the engine. So for me this was not only a fun little hop but very instructive, and gave me a better comfort level of moving an airplane around than any of my previous flight experiences. Here's a look at Keith strapping in for his ride, and of me in the front seat.
Waldo Wright's also offers flight experiences in their Waco VPF-7 biplane at their nearby home airport. Maybe we'll try that one on a future visit!
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