• 40 minute airborne flight in a two seater WWII Spitfire
• 45 minute airbourne trial lesson in a T6G Harvard
• 45 minute airbourne trial lesson in a de Havilland Tiger Moth
• Complete the training progress of aircraft as per a WWII pilot
• Plan your flights with your pilot and instructor
• Headset communication in all flights
• Full safety briefings and all equipment is provided
• Squadron print signed by the pilot after your flights
• High definition multi-camera and intercom audio video footage is provided
• Staff on hand to answer all your questions about the aircraft
What Can I Expect
There’s Spitfire training and then there’s the ultimate in Spitfire training. This amazing aviation package is most definitely the latter, as you will realise that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take to the skies in a Spitfire, a Harvard and a Tiger Moth all on the same, very magical, day.
Back in the day, young pilots being put through flight training would often take their very first flights in a Tiger Moth. Many then progressed to handling more power, by flying an aircraft such as the Harvard T6. All this training was leading to the ultimate in flying machines - the Spitfire. Already a legend in its own lifetime, this was the pinnacle for many a pilot and remains so today. This incredible experience allows you to follow that same pilot training pattern.
Flight Lieutenant Charlie Brown is Head of Training for this specialist flight school. He has gathered a select band of pilots to provide the ultimate in Spitfire training. His team has many, many hours of experience on a huge roster of aircraft, from fast jets in the Forces, to commercial airline work. Charlie himself passed 1000 hours in a Spitfire back in 2014. Put simply, these are the instructors who train instructors and pilots on the Spitfire.
These ultimate Spitfire training days are offered at Headcorn in Kent and Sywell in Northamptonshire. Both are exceptional locations, offering the freedom of uncontrolled airspace. Headcorn boasts direct access to all the famous Battle of Britain locations, from Capel-le-Ferne to the White Cliffs. As for Sywell, the saying goes ‘you can always fly well at Sywell’. This private aerodrome saw many an RAF pilot train here in the run up to and during WW2.
And those young bucks would have been flying the exact same types of aircraft you will be on this incredible experience. Tail-dragging fun is the order of the day with the much-loved Tiger Moth. Then there’s the brilliant Harvard. Both sessions in these planes are trial lessons, so as soon as take off is dispensed with, it’s over to you to take control.
Then it’s time for the big event. The moment you get to fly in the back seat of a Spitfire. Training done, you’ll be brimming with confidence and wide-eyed with anticipation, as you clamber into the cockpit of Mk TIX Spitfire NH341. Elizabeth, as she’s known, served with the famous 411 Grizzly Bear squadron and flew many a successful mission over Normandy in 1944. Several decades later and it's time for you to take up the challenge in this beautifully restored plane.
• Selected dates between April and October
• Dates and session times are subject to weather conditions and availability
• 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
• Height restrictions: No minimum, maximum height 6ft 6ins
• Maximum weight 16.5 stone
• Minimum age 18 (16 with parental consent)
• Participants must be able to walk 50 metres unaided
• 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 children's area
• All flights are 'airbourne' so include taxi time
• Mk IX Spitfire NH341 code DB-E is usually used for these experiences, with Mk IX Spitfire PV202 occasionally operating flights
• Headcorn Aerodrome, near Ashford, Kent
• Sywell Aerodrome, Northamptonshire