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Incredible Adventures Presents: The Early Years
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25 Incredible Years Making Dreams Come True

18 Incredible Years Making Dreams Come True

PRINT COVERAGE FROM OUR FIRST YEAR - 1993

Our Man in a MiG - The New York Times Magazine, December 19, 1993
MigsEtc article in the Chicago Tribune MigsEtc article in The Seattle Times
New York Times article about MigsEtc MigsEtc article in the Sun Sentinel

Love at First Flight

Fly a MiG-29 at Mach 2.3 Over Moscow, MigsEtc ad in the Wall Street Journal from 1993.The year was 1993. A young American entrepreneur was in Moscow, recruiting computer programmers for his new software company when a guy named Andrey offered him a flight in a MiG-29. It was a case of "love at first flight". He signed a deal to market the flights worldwide, returned home to Florida and founded MIGS etc.

After renting an office and hiring staff, an ad was placed in The Wall Street Journal, introducing the world to high-performance flying holidays. Then he rushed back to Moscow to take another flight in a MiG, becoming the first of many jet flight addicts.

Fly a MiG-29 at Mach 2.3 in Moscow. Yes, Really!

Media interest in the new company was high from day one. The cold war was over but travel to Russia to fly a MiG was, and remains, a lifetime thrill that many people dream about.

quote When the kicks just keep getting harder to find, why not climb into the cockpit of your very own major-league Russian jet fighter and take that baby up for a spin, or a roll, or whatever it is supersonic pilot types like to do when they have a little time on their hands. end quote
~ Rick Horowitz, Chicago Tribune

Migs R Us - 1993 Chicago Tribune article on MigsEtcFor the first time ever, you could pull out your credit card and buy a flight in a high-performance military jet. Many thought the first ad was a joke. (Obviously they didn't know how expensive it is to place an ad in The Wall Street Journal.) Our very first client to fly was a female investment banker from New York, followed closely by a furniture dealer from Miami. Their history-making flights were featured in an NBC story by Tom Brokaw. The Chicago Tribune ran this article in 1993.

Soon, Customers and News Crews Were Arriving from All Over the World

quote I remember one of our early customers, a guy from Switzerland, accused us of trying to kill him. He didn't realize fighter jets are made to fly low and fast and everything he did in the jet was perfectly safe and routine. I guess we didn't do a very good job or preparing him for the incredible thrill of flying in a MiG. end quote
~ Jane Reifert, one of the company's original employees

23 Years Delivering DreamsNews of what was going on at Zhukovsky Air Base soon reached officials at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. MIGS et.c was asked to help find customers for their IL-76 zero-gravity flights. The company's first weightless flight took place in February 1994 with a CNN reporter on board.

Feeling the "etc" in MIGS etc. just couldn't hold all the new adventures added over the years, the company was rechristened Incredible Adventures, Inc. in 1996. When the company was acquired by long-time employees in 2015, the company’s legal name changed again, to “IA Worldwide, Inc.” What hasn’t changed in the last 25+ years is the dedication to delivering one-of-a-kind adventure activities.

Today, Incredible Adventures (or “IA” for short) offers fighter jet flights in six countries, space adventures at Star City, four different great white shark dives, military adventures around the world, and much, much more. The company maintains a full-time staff in Sarasota and Moscow and a worldwide network of really incredible people ready to help fulfill your adventure dreams.

Life is either an incredible adventure or nothing at all.

PHOTOS & SOUVENIRS FROM RUSSIA

MiG-29 Flight Souvenirs: Customer photos, a MiG-29 watch, a MiG-29 ejection seat warning sign, a patch from our first air base
Client photos, the Kremlin sightseeing, practice MiG ejection seat

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