Kappler and a friend flew the Cessna from California and across Texas before turning north in the Deep South to bring the plane home.
"With the biplane, I want to make people feel like they're Chuck Yeager, but with the Cessna, it's different. The trip is supposed to be relaxed, serene."
The Cessna 170 seats three plus the pilot, and while it's not the same kind of ride that the Stearman is, it is undeniably cool. The interior has been lovingly restored all the way down to the backseat ashtrays, which are only for show.
As a nod to the discrete use of modern technology, the plane is equipped with Bose headsets, which muffle the loud drone of the propeller and make conversation more polite than a shouting match.
Riding in the small, four-seat plane is like traveling by soap bubble. The tiny aircraft buoyed by winds cruises over the landscape, casting a tiny shadow on the treetops below.
"The plane was completely restored," Kappler added. "Old planes like Frank's, the glass got scratched and aged. It kind of looks dusty. This one has all-new glass. You can see everything."
The view is spectacular.
"This is my view of West Virginia," he said.
At a distance, with some of the details out of focus, it's easy to imagine Fayetteville and Oak Hill as they might have been 20 or 30 years ago. A couple of thousand feet up, it looks like nothing has changed, though there's plenty of evidence to the contrary.
Along the way, Kappler points out little items of interest: a school, the Ace Adventure Resort in Oak Hill and the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.
"You have to see the Summit from here," he said. "There's just more to it than you imagine."
From the sky, the Scouts' reserve is a huge swatch of brown, but Kappler can imagine what it will be.
"It's going to change so many things around here."
And he wants to be a part of it. Kappler pointed out that the aviation merit badge was one of the first 57 badges introduced by the Boy Scouts.
"We'd like to sponsor that badge," Kappler said.
Trips in the Cessna are priced more modestly than what Wild Blue Adventure Co. charges for the biplane: $49 for children, $79 for adults.
"It's just a nice experience you can share," he said.
Plus, while the biplane is seasonal and limited to warm weather, the Cessna is not.
"Imagine seeing these hills when they're covered with new snow," Kappler suggested. "It's amazing."
For more information about Wild Blue Adventure Co., visit wildblueadventurecompany.com.
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.