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There is only a small group that can call themselves owners of this unique aircraft, and Trey and Brandie Hayden are one. Their airplane is a SNJ-4 or better known as the T-6 “Texan.” It is a single engine advanced trainer aircraft used to train the pilots in WWII.
The couple began Texan Warbird Adventures in April of 2015. Trey’s extensive knowledge of the plane’s history is quite engaging and a treat for those who are aviation enthusiasts and history buffs.
The Haydens are wonderful hosts. It is obvious they genuinely love what they do. Preserving and sharing a magnificent piece of history and an unforgettable experience with anyone interested is their objective.
Before taking flight, a thorough brief is conducted by pilot, Trey. He brings ease to any anxious flyer. Next step is the introduction to one of the most breathtaking and one-of-kind aircrafts. It is difficult to truly know what to expect at first, but once up in the air, it is clear that any possible preconceived expectation has certainly been surpassed. Even the best imagination does not see this coming. The feeling is a continuation of excitement and amazement paired with a spectacular view that gets center stage. It offers perfection for professional photographers to get remarkable aerial shots of downtown Corpus Christi and Port Aransas beach.
12-year-old Madison Gallaugher was gifted a flight on The Warbird from her sister, Shaina. “Madison loves racing go carts and was looking forward to try out flying,” said her dad, Shane. Madison gave a thumbs up review after her first flying experience.
John L. Alford, who is not new to flying by any means, took part in a flight of nostalgia in The Warbird. Alford, a US Navy retired Master Chief Petty Officer who served during WWII (SBD Dauntless gunner), Korean War and Cold War, still enjoys flying in the cockpit of a fighter plane at age 91.
Also located on the premises is the Commemorative Air Force Third Coast Squadron Museum of Military History that houses personal artifacts of veterans as well as many other military items on display for viewing. The museum is an added pre-or post-flight bonus.
Texan Warbird Adventures is ideal for those that are pro flyers as well as first-time flyers. It is the ride of a lifetime and ultimately unforgettable. There is so much history to take in and more to create. Check this one off the bucket list and make memories with the Haydens. --Blue skies y’all.
Location: McCambell – Porter Airport in Aransas Pass
The flight is half an hour and the cost is $300. Texan Warbird Adventures offers military discounts, group rates and gift certificates.