Whether you're sidelined at a parade, or watching Tom Hanks kill Germans with paunchy wryness, honoring the Greatest Generation's not always a thrilling enterprise. Spice up Memorial Day with Vintage Aircraft Company.
VA's a service that'll take civilians up on hair-raising flights in throwback war trainers, run by a guy who started air-show stuntin' at 17 (call sign: Winger).
If you're taking a date, go with the tandem cockpit biplane (pilot in back, two passengers up front), which'll take you on a 20- or 40-min wine country/ocean/SF skyline tour; drop an extra $50, and you'll get stunts like barrel rolls, hammer drops, and the "Cuban Eight" (a twirling figure 8 that George Bush will now allow you to send cell phones to).
If you're on your own, climb aboard the SNJ-4 Texan: a single engine, closed cockpit Warbird, equipped with an extra training joystick for you to use (seriously) for "climbing, diving, rolling", and ironically colliding into Great America's Top Gun.
Soon, VA will roll out two refurbished, combat-tested WWII fighters, the T51 Mustang and P-40 Warhawk, both of which have just enough space for the pilot and you -- whether sitting around watching movies has made you paunchy and wry, or just plain Big.