What can I expect on the day
For the ultimate classic military and aviation day out we've got Tigers and Tracks at Duxford! This is a unique and very atmospheric day that combines vintage aviation, military tanks and old school sightseeing too. This Duxford activity day gives you a lesson in a vintage Tiger Moth, a trip onboard a Dragon Rapide, the chance to drive an armoured caterpillar-tracked military vehicle and lots of brilliant little extras added on.
The day starts thoroughly as it means to go on with one of those exclusive extras - a welcome and briefing for your experience day in the superb control tower. It’s all very civilised too, with tea and biscuits (try not to get crumbs in the radar!) being served, whilst your hosts, who will accompany you throughout, are introduced to you.
Participants of this wonderful Duxford experience day will then be split into small groups to rotate around the activities. For those starting on the tanks, you’ll be taken to Duxford’s military testing ground, where the Armoured Personnel Carrier awaits. Getting to grips with a fully-tracked vehicle takes a certain amount of co-ordination, as it’s so different to driving a car, but all great fun - especially if it’s muddy out there on Duxford’s purpose-built track.
After the tank there’s the Tiger. Everyone just loves this plucky little military trainer plane. You’ll certainly look the part too, with the loan of the big flying jacket, vintage helmet and goggles included. And remember, you’ll be actively encouraged to take the controls once you’ve attained straight and level flight after take off, so it will actually be you flying this classic little bi-plane.
A move from military to civil aviation follows, with a sightseeing flight on the delightful Dragon Rapide. Harking back to the early days of commercial airliners and passenger air travel, this is a fabulous way to look down on IWM Duxford, spotting the Tiger Moth and APC tanks from the air as you head over the Fens and Cambridge centre.
On the ground, a buffet lunch is included for all taking part on this military day, as well as a Champagne reception when logbook-style certificates are presented. You will also have the privilege of a short private tour of parts of the IWM. It could be a wander around the Battle of Britain hangar, the chance to see some specific exhibits, or explore behind the scenes. The whole Tigers and Tracks day at Duxford is an absolute must for military and classic aviation fans, filled with chat, questions and plane watching, as well as you doing the flying and driving, all at this historic location.
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