Olde Thyme Aviation operates Scenic Biplane Rides in authentic restored antique biplanes at Boeing Field in Seattle



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Different Operation Going Forward: 2017

We had indicated on this website that due to King County Airport raising the rates on General Aviation hangars by as much as 40% in a single move; we would have to cease our operations as of September 2016. The response from you, our customers, was huge. We had so much affection and positive comments regretting our eventual cessation, that we've tried to make arrangements to operate in a somewhat different manner for 2017. We will try it and see if it works. We will no longer be able to take any reservations and will operate at the Museum on a "walk up" basis only. Instead of "staging" a representation of each of our models (which we had done for the last 21 years) for customers to make their "model choice," we will be trying to anticipate which plane or planes would be in most demand on any given day of operation as we have to "fly them in" each day from a location west of Seattle. We'll try the operation like this for 2017 and see if its workable. Any Gift Certificates purchased for Christmas 2016 through Father's Day 2017 should be purchased with the understanding that the recipient will make arrangements to fly BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 2017. Our phone lines will have a tape recording with "guidance" as to which days we intend to fly during the week and on the weekends. We will not be returning phone calls for attempts at reservations. Persons holding gift certificates should send a text to (206) 730-1412 so we can accommodate your scheduling. 

Thanks Seattle for all your support and kind comments this summer when it looked most daunting for us.

Ken, Lee,


 Flying Schedule:

206-730-1412  (recording for days of operation.)   


VFR Flight Conditions permit*. We require a ceiling of 2000 feet and winds that are down the runway within 45 degrees. We cannot operate with a 90 degree crosswind of or over 10 mph.


Olde Thyme Aviation operates scenic airplanes flights in authentic restored original antique airplanes at historic  Boeing Field halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac International Airport. We have operated flights since 1996 in planes that have histories from 1927 through 1945. The four planes currently flying at Boeing Field available for flights are 2 Waco UPF-7s (1940 & 1942), 1 Stearman Kaydet (1944 PT-17 Army), 1 Cabin Waco 1937     YKS-7. Since 1996, we have flown over 10,000 rides for nearly 25,000 passengers. Our mission is to have fun with select individuals whom seek an experience in how it was like to fly in a civilian bi-wing plane in the 30s or in a primary military trainer biplane of the late 30s and early 40s.

You'll load up amongst the many active aircraft using Boeing Field daily which can range from private general aviation aircraft, corporate business jets to the huge MD-80s used for UPS shipments or the new Boeing 787s and 747 cargo jets. Often you may see active military jets such as F-18s or F-15s which may also use the ramps for refueling that are common to our area. It is a very exciting and "live" place to me for anyone whom likes aviation or multiple types of aircraft. It's a very dynamic environment. Bring your camera!

 Watch a short clip of our rides
Ken Horwitz - WACO UPF-7

Experience a free ride in the 1935 Waco via YouTube click here for the movie page

  • Take off from Boeing Field Seattle WA (KBFI)
  • Twilight Landing at Boeing Field Seattle WA
  • Take off from Vashon Island Airport WA
  • Landing at Vashon Island Airport  WA
  • Landing at Pt. Townsend Airport WA
  • Take off from Blue Ribbon Farms in Sequim WA
  • "The Bucket List"  downtown Seattle WA  July 2012


Rides are priced based on the length of flight and time only and not by the number of passengers. Capacity will vary from plane to plane depending upon their configuration. The Stearman carries a single passenger as it is a narrow open cockpit airplane; the Waco UPF-7 open cockpit airplanes carry two passengers up to a maximum weight limit of 350 lbs and the Cabin Waco carries three passengers up to 550 pounds of passenger weight. ALL FLIGHTS ARE PRICED THE SAME BASED ON LENGTH AND TIME as they use the same amount of fuel consumption regardless of the number of passengers carried.

All rides operate in and around the Puget Sound region within a 25 mile radius and take off and land from the same location.

Passengers are "dressed" in old time barnstorming regalia from the leather jacket to goggles and cloth helmet. You need not worry about wearing extra clothing. Regular outdoor clothing of the type you'd go to a ball game is suitable plus soft soled shoes like sneakers.

At the end of each ride, passengers are given a "certificate" showing the type of aircraft they have flown in with hits history on the back. For our own enjoyment, we often "rotate" the planes each weekend so that sometimes we'll have one Waco on site; other times we have one Waco UPF-7 and one Stearman. In the fall and winter, we start to phase in our closed Cabin Waco YKS-7 to provide wonderful flights in brisk fall weather when the leaves are turning. However, the Cabin Waco is a rare treat in that it can accommodate larger families who want to fly with three at a time instead of one or two at the same price.

What happens when it gets cold or winter comes? We simply switch to the use of our 1937 Cabin  Waco (See Airplanes) which give you all the same excitement of the historic biplane ride but keeps the elements off of you in the rain or icy chill. Plus, they carry one more extra passenger at no extra charge!

email: waco @ oldethymeaviation.com

The name Olde Thyme Aviation is a registered trademark of Olde Thyme Aviation, Inc.