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Happy 15th birthday to us! That's right, it has been 15 years of bringing you where to go and what to do. So I thought it was time for a change. We heard from you that you want Experiences not just Destinations so this marks the launch of a new kind of HipBites.

This is the first in a series of things you just have to try. Admittedly I skewed them towards the sort of adrenaline- happy types of adventures I like to do, and set them in amazing destinations. Ziplining Mexico. Skeet shooting Vermont. Camel riding Dubai. Clam-digging in Portugal. They will be editorial choices I've tested out, so you'll know it's worth doing.
Welcome to HipGuide Experiences

Take Flight on a T-6

Earlier this year, I took a ride on a fighter jet. Roll over and all. The raw video is here (this is our new HipGuide Experiences video channel)

This Saturday October 19th, if you're in New York, you can try something similar at the American Airpower Museum, the legendary space where many of today's aviation companies began, where the Space Shuttle tail was assembled, and where the pieces for the original Boeing 747 and 727 parts were built.

They are offering you rides in the following planes

  • T-6 single-engine advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots of the United States Air Force ($330)
  • WACO UPF-7, an extremely manoeuverable biplane aircraft capable of all the acrobatic manoeuvres in the Army/Navy student curriculum ($280).

You will need to pre-book a flight by calling 631 454 2039. The flights will be offered between 10.30AM-3PM.

The museum is a non-profit so the flights will help preserve history but you don't need to be airborne to see the space which is just very cool as it houses the P-47 Thunderbolt and P-40 Kittyhawk, as well the F-84E, the first mass-produced jet fighter for NATO ..... though how many people can brag about this sort of flight?
Enjoy your Top Gun moment!

Can't make it to NY but want a piece of this experience anyway? I'm a fan of these two super-authentic suppliers to the military.
This jacket is the original pilot's jacket, The A2 on Cockpit USA
and Randolph Engineering makes the shades actual pilots wear.

~above~ What I saw inside the fighter jet.
All rights reserved. Image copyright Syl Tang.

Aviation Cocktail
While writing this, I had a fun time mixing the Aviation Cocktail, a classic from the 1910s

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. maraschino liqueur
  • 1/4 oz. crème de violette
Shake all of the above in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.
Of course, don't drink and fly!


los angeles / restaurants / Animal
Animal defies explanation. Nonetheless, we are going to try. This unique restaurant - and after writing about thousands (seriously, hundred ...

los angeles / bars / The Roof on Wilshire
This rooftop bar with a pool and cabanas offers a spectacular view of the hills of Los Angeles and a ...

los angeles / restaurants / Sugarfish
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los angeles / bars / The Bungalow
This stunning outdoor (and indoor) bar in Santa Monica next to the Fairmont Miramar takes advantage of the good California ...

los angeles / restaurants / Son of a Gun
This seafood- focused sister restaurant to Animal has a distinctly Brooklyn feel to the inside. Reclaimed furniture, bric- a- brac ...

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