You want a thrill of a lifetime!  Then, you must schedule a flight in the “New Orleans Lady,” an open cockpit airplane.  See the world like very few get a chance to do!  Check one more item off your Bucket List.

Book a ride by checking out our calendar on this website.  Available days are highlighted. Rides can be scheduled on the Saturday of our general membership meeting in June, July,  August, September. Prior to making a purchase please contact our Flight Coordinator, David Capo.  His number is 504-416-4917 and his email is dcapo1203@aol.com. Once you have spoken to our flight coordinator and confirmed your date and time, you can purchase your ride by visiting our Purchase Rides site. 

All riders must be: 1) at least 18 years of age (with parents signed permission); 2) able to physically climb in and out of the aircraft under their own power; 3) under the weight limit of 250; 4) flexible with scheduling due to weather or safety conditions.

A few tidbits about flying in a 1943 WWII an open cockpit plane primary trainer:

  • You sit in the front seat and there is a full set of controls that you can watch, but not touch.  The view is great.
  • You wear a headset to communicate with the pilot and to hear air traffic communications.
  • It is a bit windy but not uncomfortable.  The headset helps to reduce the wind noise.  The Stearman has a wind deflector and cruises at 80 mph.
  • With this type of open aircraft, it is important not to bring anything that could fall out of your pocket. It will be lost in the Stearman.
  • Bring a camera with a lanyard that you can wrap around your wrist.

Please note that the CAF is operating under special precautions to defend against the spread of COVID 19 and to help keep our crew and the public as safe as possible. Precautions include extra sanitation procedures, masks, and social distancing during aircraft tours.

Passengers will be asked to complete a short questionnaire upon check-in to assess COVID symptoms and the possibility of recent exposure.

Additionally, passengers will have their temperature screened upon check-in. Anyone with a temperature of over 100.4F cannot fly nor will anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

While we are making every effort to protect our crew and passengers and to reduce risk, true social distancing is not possible while assisting your entry into, and securing you in the aircraft.

Masks must be worn throughout the flight due to the close proximity of the microphone to your mouth.

Passengers who are over the age of 65, and/or who have underlying health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, diabetes, or autoimmune disorders or who are members of high-risk categories may not want to fly.

Stearman History:

The New Orleans Lady is Boeing N2S-5 Stearman (N1617M) Serial Number 75-8498. She was accepted by the U.S. Navy on September 16, 1943 and was initially assigned to the Naval Aviation Primary Training (NAPT) base at Ottumwa, Iowa.  She ended her military career at the Corpus Christi NAS, Texas. It was stricken from the Navy inventory September 30, 1947.  This aircraft never dropped a bomb nor fired a shot, but it trained the young boys to apply their skill in flying the fighting warbirds of WWII.

The Stearman (Boeing) Model 75 is a biplane used as a military trainer aircraft, of which at least 10,626 were built in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s. Widely known as the Stearman, Boeing Stearman or Kaydet, it served as a primary trainer for the United States Army Air Forces, the United States Navy (as the NS & N2S), and with the Royal Canadian Air Force as the Kaydet throughout World War II.   After the conflict was over, thousands of surplus aircraft were sold on the civilian market for a nominal amount. The New Orleans Lady was purchased for 500 dollars. In the postwar years, Stearman became popular as crop dusters and aerobatic performers at airshows.