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1950s Military Trainer Air Experience

Compton Abbas Airfield, Dorset/Wiltshire Border   

• Vintage flights out of Compton Abbas in a Chipmunk
• Fly in this legendary primary trainer built in 1952
• A full range of flight durations available
• Option to buy footage of your Chipmunk flight

What's Included

• Air experience flight in a 1950s Chipmunk
• Introduction to the ground crew and your pilot in the vintage flight room
• Briefing, including safety, the workings of the aircraft,and route planning
• 30, 45 and 60 minute flight durations are available
• This is an air experience flight and participants will not have the opportunity to take the controls during the flight
• Personalised flight certificate
• Flight times are chock to chock

30 Minute Flight
• Fly over the local countryside

45 Minute Flight
• The route will take you along the coast with spectacular views

60 minute Flight
• View the Jurassic Coast and the Isle of Wight

What Can I Expect

When it comes to vintage flights, Compton Abbas is a great choice of airfield. A family-run affair with great facilities and lovely views, this private airfield just south of Shaftesbury is offering you the chance to get airborne in an absolute favourite aircraft - the De Havilland Chipmunk.

The Chippy, as it is lovingly known, certainly has staying power. It was developed by the Canadian arm of the aviation company in the post-war years as a replacement to the equally legendary Tiger Moth. Once it went into full production, the likes of the Royal Canadian and Royal Air Forces both put in large orders for the Chipmunk.

The Compton Abbas Chipmunk is a DHC-1 Chipmunk T-10, which means it was built in the UK. Coming off the production line in early 1952, she went into military service in April of the same year. As the standard primary trainer for the RAF, Chipmunks were everywhere, giving young trainee pilots their first taste of flying - and, if you hear ex RAF pilots talk, it's a taste that was never forgotten.

Indeed the Chipmunk is just so elegant in flight and was a lively aircraft to learn to fly in. This Chipmunk donned the serial number W585 and was resident at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland for a good chunk of her RAF career. And she was still flying Air Cadets throughout the 1970s. We've even found a photo of her flying on Air Experience Flights for Air Cadets out of Edinburgh Airport in 1975 - and surprise, surprise she still sports those authentic RAF colours today.

After all those hours showing young pilots the skies on military trainer flights from the 1950s right through to the latest 80s, W585 was then shipped to Cranwell to a rather less salubrious role as a gate guard. Luckily, she was auctioned and in 2000, was fully restored with love and care by the Duxford team, taking a civil registration in the process.

She now flies as G-BZGA, proudly operating vintage flights out of Compton Abbas airfield. We are offering 30, 45 and 60-minute experience flights in this very fine tandem trainer. What's more, the whole thing is filmed from inside the cockpit. This is available to purchase on the day so you can watch you flying in 1950s style over and over again!


• Available throughout the year on selected weekdays and weekends
• Flights are subject to availability and weather conditions
• You must call on the morning of your flight to check that weather conditions are suitable


• Compton Abbas Airfield, Salisbury, Dorset

Suitable For

• Minimum age 14
• All under 18's must be accompanied by an adult on the airfield
• Maximum weight limit is 18 stone
• Maximum height 6'4"


• Friends and family can join in your experience and can listen in on briefing, watch the take off and landing from the runway terrace

Anything Else

• Make a day of it and book for lunch or afternoon tea in the onsite restaurant
• Opportunity to purchase an in flight video on a USB stick of your experience as a lasting memento for an additional charge of £40 payable on the day


Average Rating 5
Total Reviews 1
Recommend to Friend 1
10 months ago
Thoroughly enjoyable experience highly recommended, great staff brilliant pilot.
Peter Hardick
on ground
1950s Military Trainer Air Experience
30 Minute Chipmunk Flight
Total Price£229.00