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Your chance to experience Spitfire flights from privileged positions both on the ground and in the air. Whether you're going airborne to fly side by side these most majestic of Second World War fighter aeroplanes, or you actually get to go up in a very rare two seater TR9 Spitfire, these are truly magical experiences with the Spitfire as the star of the show.Whichever of our Spitfire flying activities you choose, you can be assured that this will make for a truly unforgettable gift for any fan of classic RAF aircraft. It's also your opportunity to take some super air-to-air photos of this iconic plane as she roars alongside and past you in the skies above. The ultimate Spitfire experience is, of course, actually flying in one. Start saving the pennies… Read more...
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Designed to be quick, sleek and agile the Supermarine Spitfire was a formidable foe in the air. When tendering for a new aircraft, of particular interest to the RAF was – among other things - having a fighter that could reach high speeds at 15000ft. As a result of this, and with the help of the Rolls Royce Merlin Engine, the first Spitfires to roll off of the production line could reach top speeds of 362mph. Over the course of its production, the stop speed of the spitfire was greatly improved. For example, by the time the later models were produced, such as the mk18 in 1945, the aircraft was powered by the Rolls-Royce Griffon engine. This gave the Spitfire much more fire power, allowing it to reach speeds of over 400mph.
The Supermarine Spitfire was designed by RJ Mitchell as a formidable attacking weapon in the war torn skies. Prototypes first flew in March 1936 and the aircraft went into full production in 1938. The last working Spitfire retired in 1961, but this plane has never been forgotten and never will, thanks to the very deep pockets and determination of classic and wartime aviation fans.Out of over 20,000 built, (many of which were assembled at the Cowley Plant in West Bromwich), there are only around 50 airworthy examples left today. And yes, every time one of these fabulous World War Two fighters takes to the skies, those lucky enough to see it by chance are bound to stop, stare in sheer admiration with a proud smile on their face.Even those too young to remember what it was like in wartime Britain will know all about this famous aircraft. After all, you don't have to be an RAF veteran to have a lump in your throat when you hear the throaty purr of that finely tuned Rolls Royce Merlin engine. Many agree she simply epitomises the bravery of those who fought (with many paying the ultimate price) for freedom.
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Of course, the Spitfire wasn't alone. In military aviation there were also the Hurricanes, the tough workhorses of the skies. Each plane played a vital role in the Battle of Britain that raged over the British and French coastline between July and October 1940. And this critical point in World War Two is still remembered today with the BoB Memorial Flight, which most commonly sees the trio of the Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire fly regularly together.We also offer a land military vehicle equivalent in our tank driving experiences, the Chieftain tank being the most popular selection. However, there’s no denying the one thing we all would love to do is fly in a two seater Spitfire.There are only a handful of these super rare two seaters around the world (they are actually converted MkIXs). We are lucky enough to exclusively offer tandem Spitfire flights and one of them is ready and waiting at historic Biggin Hill Airport to take you on the most amazing and evocative passenger ride ever.But if this unique experience is out of your price range, you can still get close to these wonderful aeroplanes, with Spitfire flights and visits for all budgets. Book in to tour the Heritage Hanger where the dedicated and quite frankly ridiculously talented team strips down and lovingly restores warbirds, or go for the full monty experience with a personal Spitfire flying display (how cool is that!?). Whichever of our wonderful Spitfire experiences you choose, we are sure you'll be captivated and moved by the day you met the Spit.
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