This 30 minute flight in a Slingsby Firefly in Lancashire offers an excellent introduction to the world of flying and aerobatics. If you are the adventurous type, you’ll love this half hour flight that takes off from Blackpool Airport in the heart of Lancashire, giving you the once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy the thrilling performance of the Firefly, as your pilot executes some precision aerial antics and tricks that will take your breath away.
Renowned as a great training aircraft for young pilots to learn how to fly at night and aerobatics, this British aircraft was designed and built by Slingsby Aviation. Originally produced as the Fournier RF-6 it started out with an all wooden airframe and wing construction, replaced by one of a composite material in the 1980’s, making it more adapted to aerobatics. Favoured byAir Forces around the world, the side by side seating configuration in the cockpit makes it a great choice for training. In fact, HRH Prince William trained in a Slingsby Firefly during his RAF Officer training, but it wasn’t from this Lancashire base!
The Slingsby Firefly boasts outstanding performance and aero acrobatic capability, with g limits +6g and -3g. During your experience you will be taken through the manoeuvres taught by the pilots of yesteryear including spinning, the barrel roll and our favourite aerial move, the loop the loop, all above the skies of Blackpool. As you touch down on the runway and you’re back safely on terra firma you’ll wish you could do it all again! We also have other aerobatic flying experiences with a range wide of planes at venues across the UK. We can also accommodate you if you fancy more sedate flying lessons.
This experience isn't just about going up and doing some trick manoeuvres over Lancashire in the Firefly, as you may get the chance to take the controls of the aircraft and actually fly it yourself. Fear not, as all of this is undertaken in the safe hands of a professional aerobatics instructor with over 40 years experience in formation and individual performances.
So are you ready your Slingsby Firefly in Lancashire thrill? We believe this aviation experience packed full of aerial acrobatics and tricks beats any theme park roller coaster. Take the Slingsby Firefly challenge at this friendly school operating out of Blackpool aerodrome and we are sure you will agree that it is a must for all you acrobatic dare devils out there!