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Dambusters Helicopter Tour

Owler Bar, Derbyshire

  • 617 'Dambuster' Squadron helicopter tours
  • Follow the same flight path as the WW2 pilots
  • Flying along the stunning Derwent Valley
  • Route back includes flying over Chatsworth

What's Included

  • Pre-flight safety briefing
  • Head North-West to follow the route of 617 squadron down the Derwent Valley and over the twin dams
  • Turns back South taking in other spectacular aerial sights over the Peak District including Chatsworth House
  • Flight time of approximately 30 minutes
  • You will be sharing your helicopter ride with up to five other passengers

What Can I Expect

Sightseeing and history combined on this Dambusters Helicopter Tour! These 30-minute rides follow the same flight path as the pilots from the 617 Squadron, heading over that iconic double dam and taking in some familiar landmarks too.

Your helicopter will be waiting for you at the Moorlands country pub, perched on the sweeping moors at Owler Bar, halfway between Sheffield and Bakewell on the cusp of Yorkshire. With its elevated spot, it’s a great take off location for these Dambuster-inspired tours by helicopter.

To put your Dambuster day out in perspective, we go back to March 1943. A true story of skill, bravery and courage, when the 617 Lancaster Squadron trained for a top secret mission. It turned out the mission was the now famous "Dam Busters" raid on the Ruhr Valley in Germany...

Your flight will take a northwesterly direction towards the Derwent Valley, just like those WW2 pilots in training. Your Dambusters helicopter tour brings this significant moment in history to life for you in a wonderful way. It is utterly enthralling seeing the two dams from the air.

As well as the Dambusters, these really rather special helicopter sightseeing tours give you the opportunity to fly back to base in a southerly direction, taking in Chatsworth House and superb Derbyshire countryside that surrounds it.

This Dambusters Helicopter Tour has got to be one of the most exciting of our helicopter passenger rides. Not only will you be flying over some truly beautiful countryside on the day, you will also get an insight into what it may have felt like for those heroes practising for their daring WW2 bombing missions.


  • Selected weekend dates from March to October
  • Dates are subject to availability and weather conditions


  • Owler Bar, Derbyshire
  • Flights depart from the Moorlands Pub

Suitable For

  • Minimum age six
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by a participating adult
  • Maximum weight limit is 15 stone
  • Maximum height is 6ft 3ins


  • Spectators are welcome to come and watch the take off and landing and can go into the Moorlands Pub after take off to wait

Anything Else

  • Co-Pilot seat upgrades can be reserved in advance for an additional charge payable direct with the supplier (subject to availability)


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Average Rating: 5
Total Reviews: 12
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  based on 12 reviews

Rating: 5 stars
Steve Davey
Very pleased with the whole thing. Pilot knew all the sites. All ground crew very helpful and frien...
Rating: 5 stars
The Daniels and Jones Families
Couldn't have picked a better day or place to experience our helicopter flight. Everyone involved ...
Rating: 5 stars
Stewart Rock
Flight excellent, easy to find, food indifferent.
Rating: 5 stars
Heather jones
From start to finish the flight was amazing. Venue was easy to find. Staff were really helpful. A b...
Rating: 5 stars
Peter Conner
I had never been in a helicopter before and i would recommend the experience to anyone. Nice people...
Rating: 5 stars
Kevin Rontree
Excellent experience well organised, highly recommended
Rating: 5 stars
A. Holmes
The Dambusters tour was a 70th Birthday present from my family. It was an amazing experience and I ...
Rating: 5 stars
Sophie Peach
Friendly people, great experience. Lovely views.
Rating: 5 stars
Nancy Townsend
I bought this experience for my husband's 50th birthday. We went along 3 days ago and he loved it s...
Rating: 5 stars
Gemma Thompson
I bought a Dam Busters helicopter ride for two from you as a gift for my husband as it's something ...
Rating: 5 stars
Maxine,  by email
I bought my husband a Dam Buster helicopter tour for his birthday and he just wanted me to pass on ...
Rating: 5 stars
Rob and Jane Ryan
Fantastic experience flying over Lady Bower reservoir and Chatsworth House. The pilot was extremely...