• 20 minute flight in a vintage RAF de Havilland Devon alongside the St George Spitfire
• Experience close formation, wing to wing with the spitfire
• Spitfire is in formation for 10-12 minutes
• Spectacular views of Leeds Castle from the same air space in which the Battle of Britain was fought
• Ground viewing of the spitfire with plenty of photo opportunities
• Staff on hand to answer all your questions about the aircraft
• Free museum entry is included
• You will form part of a group of up to 8 participants for your flight, all with a window seat
• Experiences generally last 3-4 hours
What Can I Expect
Book your seat on a Leeds Castle Spitfire tour and make an historic aviation fan very, very happy indeed! While the stunning Spitfire is flying over lovely Leeds Castle, a de Havilland Devon will be airborne at the same time. This is your chance to be on that plane for unparalleled views of both the castle and the Spitfire.
You and just seven other passengers will be boarding the wonderful 1950s Devon with the very exclusive mission of tailing a Spitfire in the air. As if that wasn’t thrilling enough, the whole scenario will be played out in the airspace above, around and over Leeds Castle. That’s one seriously stunning backdrop for any flight, let alone one with a Spitfire next to you.
As you circle around the castle swathed in acres of green fields, towering trees and that glossy moat, it's a great opportunity to take photos of this most picturesque location that's a favourite tourist destination. But while you're snapping, keep an ear out for that Merlin engine. As the noise grows, get ready for the moment the Spitfire comes into view and then leads the charge.
These are the very skies where endless dogfights took place during the Battle of Britain, pitching the Messerschmitts of the Luftwaffe against the RAF’s Spitfires. As the fighter commands battled to defend the British shores, aircraft such as the Spitfire and Hurricane were key to our aerial defences. Thankfully, all is calm on the western front for these sorties, making them all together more leisurely outings for all involved, but you can just imagine what it must have been like as a young RAF pilot in a Spitfire.
Once you’ve taken off, it’s just a quick hop northwards towards the village of Leeds for the Devon to get into position ready for the arrival of the star of the show. You’ll be in the air for around a total of 20-minutes on these Leeds Castle Spitfire tours, giving you plenty of time to admire both the castle and the plane and take lots of photographs too.
• Selected weekend dates between April and August
• Dates and session times are subject to weather conditions and availability
• Height restrictions: Minimum 4ft 6ins, maximum height 6ft 4ins
• Maximum weight 18 stone
• Spectators are welcome, with excellent views of the runway and aircraft
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Free car parking, museum entry and picnic area
• Onsite restaurants and childrens area
• All flights are 'chock to chock' so include taxi time
• At no point do you fly in the Spitfire
• Participants should allow for a whole day for the experience 9am-7pm, experiences generally last half a day and this is a precaution to allow for weather conditions
• Opportunity to 'Sit in a Spit' The iconic Spitfire Mk IX TD314 for an additional charge of £65 payable on the day
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