How to travel through time in the Bay Area

Think of it as Dr. Who’s Tardis with wings.

The meticulously restored and technically upgraded 1939 DC-3 of Golden Age Air Tourstakes passengers on a time-travel experience to the pioneering days of commercial air travel in what’s been called the world’s first true airliner.

The company just began operating flights in May out of Napa County Airport, and is now expanding its offerings to Oakland, leaving from Kaiser Air outside Oakland International Airport.

The first tours leave Oakland this weekend, Sept. 22 -24. Flight paths will take passengers “low and slow” to get the best views of the San Francisco skyline, the bridges, Marin Headlands, Alcatraz and more. After takeoff, 10 passengers at a time can roam the retro, air-conditioned cabin and visit the flight deck.

Golden Age Air Tours will begin offering flights over the Bay Area out ofOakland starting Sept. 22. (Courtesy Golden Age Tours)
Golden Age Air Tours will begin offering flights over the Bay Area out of Oakland starting Sept. 22. (Courtesy Golden Age Tours) 

The restored DC-3 was originally ordered by the U.S. Army Air Command in 1938 for about $105, 600. It was one of two aircraft requisitioned by Major General Henry “Hap” Arnold as a VIP transport for himself and military command staff.

Tour packages start at $299 for a 45-minute “flight experience” with about 25 minutes of flight time. For info, visit

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