Ideas for a Man's 50th Birthday Who Loves WWII Planes

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Ideas for a Man's 50th Birthday Who Loves WWII Planes
The best 50th birthday present may be flying on a restored jet. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

A man's 50th birthday is a milestone. For the man who loves World War II planes, this special occasion deserves a substantial present. Think outside the gift box on this one. Make the present more meaningful than just another DVD, book or model plane. Give him an experience he'll always treasure.

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A Trip

Give the World War II plane enthusiast an up-close look at the objects of his affection. Take him on a trip to a museum that houses antique jets, such as the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, or the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana. If it's in your budget, go all out with a trip to an important WWII site, such as Pearl Harbor, Normandy or London. Arrange visits to war-related attractions the 50-year-old will enjoy. If the details are too much for you to book, hire a travel agent to do the work for you.

A Flight

The World War II plane-lover will get the thrill of a lifetime flying in an actual World War II plane. Check to see if any companies offer these flights in your area. You may want to start by checking on the Internet. Websites such as FlyFighterJet.com act as a clearing house for flight opportunities all over the world. Consider whether your birthday boy will be up physically for a flight. Check with a doctor if the man has heart problems or high blood pressure.

A Meeting

Your World War II plane fan may not know what it was like to sit in a bomber or a jet in the 1940s, but you can arrange for him to chat with someone who does. World War II pilots may be living in your own city. Call a local veterans group like the American Legion or the Veterans of Foreign Wars to ask if they know of any veterans who might be willing to share some stories of the old days. The birthday boy may also enjoy speaking to someone who restores vintage war planes. Call small private airports to inquire if they know of any such experts.

Flying Lessons

Give your World War II plane fan the same skill that his heroes possessed: the ability to fly aeroplanes. Enrol him in flying lessons. These are usually offered at small private airports. Check with the executive director's office at one of these airports for leads on reputable instructors. Double check that the birthday boy is physically able to fly. Remember to give your 50-year-old a leather bomber jacket and some aviator sunglasses so he can dress the part.

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