8 Astronomically Awesome Aviation Gifts for Flying Enthusiasts

Looking for the perfect gift for an aviation enthusiast?

Since the dawning of the 20th century when the Wright Brothers first flew their infamous aircraft off an isolated village of North Carolina’s outer banks, the world of flight has attracted a devoted following.

Back then, people came from near and far to Kitty Hawk to watch the pair take flight in the world’s first airplane.

Today, it’s easier to spot a plane flying in the clouds. But for true flight fans, the sentiment is much the same.

If you have a friend or loved one who was born to fly, nothing will please them more than a gift that captures the spirit of the sky. Read on for a list of aviation gifts sure to excite the airplane lover in your life!

Cool Aviation Gifts for Flying Enthusiasts

Whether you’re buying a gift for someone who is graduating flight school, an experienced pilot, or just a kid who really loves airplanes, our gift list has got you covered.

Look no further for gifts that will score big with aviation enthusiasts of all ages.

1. A Deluxe Model Airplane Kit

It may not sound too exciting to those of us who aren’t crazy for cockpits, but to an airplane aficionado, the thrill of a super-duper model aircraft kit never gets old.

The best model airplanes vary in price and intricacy. But, no matter where your flight lover falls in age or experience, you’ll find that there are plenty of model plane kits to choose from.

Many pro-hobbyists prefer rare, vintage models to the newer, readily-available plastic kits.

If you’re looking for a state-of-the-art modern model, check out the deluxe Spitfire Model Fighter Airplane. At $720 dollars, it’s not the cheapest model on the market. Still, with its classic body style, functioning parts, and an included display stand, it will delight any airplane lover you know.

2. Super-Cool Aviator Shades

Every aviation enthusiast needs a great pair of shades that will block the sun’s harsh rays.

What’s better than super-cool aviation shades for protecting one’s gaze that’s fixated on the sky up above?

Today’s styles come in a range of sizes just right to fit adults and kids. There’s a pair to match every budget, so you don’t have to break the bank to make your top gun feel like a million bucks.

3. Bomber Jackets Are the Bomb

Since their introduction in the 1950s, bomber jackets are one of the few fashion trends that have stood the test of time. Although this classic coat has been loved and worn by many over the years, it’s especially popular among flying crowds.

Originally donned by members of the United States Air Force, its sleek, lightweight structure keeps you warm and dry.

The style continues to catch the eye of everyone from rappers to runway models each year when the weather dips. Frequent fliers, though, consider bomber jackets to be a year-round wardrobe staple.

4. Aviation Headset

While the rest of us rely on wireless and Bluetooth, aviators lean on the modern technology of aviation headsets.

A high-quality pair will run you about $800 dollars, but the sound is clear, even when touring the skies. Unlike heavy headsets, aviation brands, such as Lightspeed, ensure that comfort accompanies your every flight.

5. Pilot’s Backpack

Serious pilots are known for carrying a load of flight gear with them everywhere they go. But gone are the days of lugging around a heavy, bulky bag. Sleek, multi-compartment backpacks are the hottest way for pilots who want to travel light and still have everything they need.

The Betaflight Hive Backpack is a pilot’s dream come true. It has compartments for tools, quads, and even a transmitter case that easily accommodates a Ditch Witch or other similarly sized transmitters. It also has a padded pocket for your iPad.

This backpack is durable enough to last for years to come. It’s made to match carry-on sizing requirements, is fireproof, and even comes with a pull-out rain cover to ensure you’re prepared when storms strike.

6. Plane Tags

These charming ID tags are created from retired aircraft and can attach to keys, luggage, or anything you like. They’re labeled with recycled airplane details, which makes for a pretty interesting gift.

Choose from genuine skin of a Boeing 747, B-26, F-86, and others. Plane Tags even feature renowned “skins,” such as those used in the filming of the not-so-distant Tom Hanks movie, Sully.

7. Aviation Collector Movies

Speaking of Sully, you can’t go wrong when you gift a flight fanatic with one of the best-loved aviation-themed film classics.

Don’t know which ones to pick?

No doubt that Sully and Top Gun are among the best. But Pearl Harbor, Fly Boys, Amelia, or The Aviator are also guaranteed to make their all-time favorites list as well. In fact, these movies are so good that you’ll enjoy watching them almost as much as your friend does.

8. Flight Simulator Software

Want a gift that will entertain for hours?

Flight simulator software is a top choice on every aviation geek’s wish list.

Whether they’re practicing for their first flight or they’re retired pros, they’ll love the feel of flying from the comfort of their own home. If they only dream of flying their own plane, that’s ok too. Flight simulation allows anyone to pilot their very own airplane instantly.

Need More Great Gift Ideas?

While these aviation gifts are sure to please any die-hard flight fans, they might not be ideal picks for someone who’s not as fond of the friendly skies.

If you’ve got a mate who does his work in an office rather than a cockpit, don’ worry. We’ve got plenty of gift ideas that he’s sure to love.

Check out this post to find a perfect present for the businessman in your life!

Melissa Thompson writes about a wide range of topics, revealing interesting things we didn’t know before. She is a freelance USA Today producer, and a Technorati contributor.