Get ready to take flight in a piece of military aviation history with Waterloo Warbirds!
At Waterloo Warbirds visitors can take flight in an actual fighter jet from the Cold War. Consisting of a group of 10 dedicated volunteers, Waterloo Warbirds’ mandate is to introduce a new generation of Canadians to our country’s unique aviation history, while honouring the men and women who serve Canada.
Waterloo Warbirds fleet consists of retired military aircraft mainly from the Cold War era. Currently they have 4 different jets: the Silver Star, the Viper, the Vampire and the MiG-15. Passengers come from all over the world to experience flying in these aircrafts at speeds of up to 650km/hr and at altitudes of up to 12,000 ft. You must be a member of Waterloo Warbirds to fly in the aircraft: memberships can be obtained online, and help to cover operating expenses to keep these important pieces of history in the air.
Each flight begins with an introduction to the jet you’ll be flying in, then the instructor will go over the aircraft systems and safety equipment, and procedures. The flight lasts 30 minutes, with approximately 20 minutes of airborne time. It’s the experience of a lifetime as the jet performs low level passes and overhead breaks! Experience the thrill of over 2,000 pounds of thrust pressing you into your seat! Your pilot may even give you the opportunity to take the controls and perform some gentle maneuvers yourself! Each participant receives a certificate and a digital video of their flight – and there’s plenty of time after the flight for pictures to remember your day!
Flights take place year round out of the Waterloo Warbirds base at the Region of Waterloo International Airport. To book a flight or find out more, visit their website.
Preserving Legacy – Sharing History – Taking Flight