Introducing Olivers Flying Circus
Olivers New Standard Barnstorms Across America, Offering Antique Biplane Rides
Barnstorming is back! Olivers Flying Circus is the oldest New Standard D-25 biplane in operation today, once again carrying up to five passengers at a time to experience the thrill of open-air flight. This new venture, Olivers Flying Circus, transports passengers back to the Golden Age of aviation.
Olivers Flying Circus is a 1928 open-cockpit biplane owned by aerobatic performer Steve Oliver and his wife, skywriter Suzanne Asbury-Oliver. They purchased the red, white and blue barnstormer in 1998 from Old Rhinebeck Aerodome, a museum of antique aviation in New York.
N9194 started out as a sightseeing barnstormer, then was called into service by Clyde “Upside Down” Pangborn as he attempted an endurance record for time aloft in 1929. The plane was the mother ship for Pangborn, serving as his air-to-air refueler during his historic flight. The aircraft eventually was used as a crop duster in California until it was worn out, falling into total disrepair.
Following an eight-year restoration, the plane has a “revived heart and soul,” sporting its original paint scheme and fulfilling its original purpose, as declared on its fuselage: Flying Circus - A Thrill for the Nation!
“It's now back doing what it was designed for -- barnstorming! -- and sharing the magic of flight with passengers,” according to Steve Oliver.
“The experience of flight is so dramatic in an open cockpit,” he says. “Experienced commercial pilots are just as excited as someone who has never flown before, because it's comparable to going from travelling in an enclosed car to a convertible or a motorcycle. What a thrill! It's all laughs, smiles and back-slapping among every group we've taken up in it.”
Hopping antique biplane rides on Olivers Flying Circus transports riders to the glory days of aviation, viewing scenery from a breathtaking perspective, with the pilot tossing in lazy eights, wingovers and other fun turns along the way. Cloth helmets and goggles are nostalgic accessories made available for those seeking an authentic voyage back in time … or modern headsets are available upon request.
Along with its radio and transponder, the only modernizations on the plane are the seat cushion upgrades provided by corporate sponsor Oregon Aero, Inc. Ride-hoppers gladly sit in comfort on leather-and-lambs-wool-covered cushion upgrades while cruising at 80 miles an hour, 1,000 feet above the earth.
There are no age or weight restrictions for passengers. The plane boasts a 1,200-pound payload capacity, cruises at 80 mph, reports a stall speed of 35 mph, and lands at 40 mph. Its powerplant is a Wright Whirlwind J-6-7 engine (R-760) 225 hp @ 2000 RPM.
The biplane can be reserved for fly-ins, private jaunts, corporate outings, community events, and even for weddings and honeymoons.
Catch a ride as Olivers Flying Circus barnstorms it way across America. Call 303-478-4853 to secure a memorable experience in the oldest D-25 New Standard flying today. Good memories last a lifetime!
For more information about the Olivers Flying Circus New Standard D-25, go to OregonAeroSkyDancer.com. The website for Olivers Flying Circus is under construction. Check back soon. Gift Certificates are available. Special considerations and ride time can be adapted upon request.
Back when the New Standard was New…
In 1928, The New Standard Aircraft Company was founded in Paterson, New Jersey by famous barnstormer Ivan Gates of the Gates Flying Circus and aircraft designer Charles Day. The D-25 was designed expressly for Gates by Day, setting a “new” standard (compared to the WWI two-seat trainer designed by The Standard Aircraft Co., the J-1). Their purpose was to design, build and market a biplane that could take aloft four to five paying passengers instead of the typical one or two.
The New Standard was easy to fly, operated out of small fields with its high-lift wings and 45-foot wingspan, and featured rugged, wide-stance landing gear ideal for rough farm fields and 1928-era construction surfaces. Best of all, it doubled the payload of the old Standard with room for up to five passengers in its large front open cockpit, which holds a bench seat and two bucket seats. The D-25 was certificated by the Aeronautics Department (now FAA) in 1928.
A pilot could carry as many as 40 passengers an hour. Thus the New Standard D-25 was instrumental in introducing tens of thousands of people to their first airplane ride, back when aviation was young.
Forty-five New Standard D-25s were originally built, including N9194, certificated in 1928. Unfortunately, times were changing and the days of the flying circus were numbered. As barnstorming faded, most New Standards became booze smugglers during the Prohibition, then crop dusters, where most of them were worked to the ground, becoming unfit to fly.
As a result, only a handful remain. Five D-25s are currently flying today, the oldest being Olivers Flying Circus. Book your ride today and experience the magic of open-cockpit flight with your closest friends or family.