Just wondering if anyone has been on an aerial tour of Mt Pinatubo from AC. Who did you use for it and how was it? Would you recommend it if you like scenery?
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Posted 28 May 2018 - 02:52 PM
Guy did a post awhile back where he flew into and filmed it. Flying a float plane into the Lake Pinatubo. Was a GREAT filming and gave this old float plane pilot a woody. :)
if you search youtube mt. Pinatubo landing that video should show up. it was first video when I searched for it again.
Posted 29 May 2018 - 01:17 AM
I did the fly-over Pinatubo to Iba, Zambales in 1998. The memory will stay with me forever and I thoroughly recommend it if such a flight is still available. Ask at the terminal or at a travel agent.
It cost $25 then and the 'plane took off from Clark early, passing the peak of Pinatubo very close at a cruising height the same as the volcano with a great view from a cockpit containing four passengers. The view approaching the South China Sea was also spectacular. It was possible then to stay in Iba or spend two hours there including a paddle in the ocean and then return.
Incidentally the grass field at Iba was hit by the Japanese at the same time as Clark.
Posted 29 May 2018 - 02:55 PM
Don't remember who I used. I think most travel agencies have a connection to someone doing flights.
Did this in 2011 with Vietnam War Veteran Jimmy Boyd and the beautiful restored Navion. Absolutely worth every peso! Took two girls that had never flown before as the plane sits 4.
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The scenery is breathtaking but pictures do not convey the experience.
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And there is a brilliant trip report on this site here:
Hope you do it and write up a report!
For those who claim Angeles City is boring, you really have not explored all the options.
Posted 30 May 2018 - 12:55 AM
Yes, that is the one! Jimmy Boyd was great. I think he said the 'plane was 1948? As you say, the photos though good cannot do justice to the experience.
Another sharp memory of the flight is taking off at Clark. The runway is so big and the experience when climbing very unlike that in a jetliner, to understate matters greatly!.
Posted 30 May 2018 - 08:37 PM
Sad to read Jimmy Boyd had passed away in Jan. 2015 according to this Margarita Station report:
The airplane is (was) a masterpiece of a story. I can't find where I read it, but remember reading it had been purchased in the USA and imported to be rebuilt in the PI specifically because Jimmy Boyd loved the 1949 Navion.
There is an additional story here similar to the flight described by theplayer.
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