Longtime Greenville resident Mike Williams has started an open cockpit sightseeing tour company, Wings over Greenville at South Carolina’s Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU).
“Many cities, like Atlanta, are home to companies that offer vintage airplane tours; and the Upstate of South Carolina has some spectacular aerial views,” stated Williams. “A desire to bring this exciting experience to my home town, along with my love of aviation convinced me that this resource would be welcomed and well worth the effort of planning for more than a year. Soaring above downtown Greenville, Paris Mountain, Furman University, Lake Jocassee, Lake Keowee, Drive Stadium or The Liberty Bridge in Falls Park is quite an experience in an historic open cockpit biplane.”
Wings Over Greenville’s tours are given in a restored 1941 Boeing Stearman PT-17 that has a World War II history.
“I started flying when I was 14 years old, and over the years, I have had other planes, but this one is special,” stated Williams. “I have admired it since 1984, when my family friend, Pat Hartness, purchased it from the plane’s original restorer. I acquired it last summer and have gone through the process of getting the FAA’s approval for me to operate a sightseeing business. We had the plane fully serviced and upgrades installed over the winter.”
Williams is a commercially rated pilot with over 35 years flying experience, with a special interest in taildraggers and antique aircraft. He is a member of the Carolina Soaring Association in Spartanburg, S.C., and is a skilled aerobatic pilot.
For more information: WingsOverGreenvilleSC.com or 864-915-6124