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Greet the pilots, meet the plane and fly with her on these luxury Spitfire flying packages! For these truly indulgent aviation experiences you will be heading to IWM Duxford in Cambridgeshire - a truly fascinating venue for any aviation fan, especially those with a passion for World War Two aircraft.
On both experiences you will have a very full itinerary for the day. The aircraft you will see and get up close to is the Spitfire MH434 Mk IXB, she now flies under her code name ZD-B and you'll hear all about her colourful flying life from when she was built by Vickers in 1943, to her preservation at the IWM today. Duxford is a very appropriate home, as it was the base of number 19 Squadron, the first to receive the R J Mitchell designed Spitfire aircraft to go flying - just as wartime loomed.
The main highlight of these very full packages has to be the moment you are sitting in the historic Dragon Rapide enjoying your flight , when suddenly you hear the unmistakable sound of that glorious Merlin engine - and then she comes into view. A splendid, genuine Second World War Spitfire is flying directly level with you making for a superb aerial show out of the window for around 15 minutes.
Once you've landed, the Spitfire flying made have ended, but the fun continues with a Champagne reception and ground tour of the Spitfire and the Dragon Rapide. This is when the pilots of these wonderful flying machines will be in attendance, so you can questions and find out just what it's like to pilot these magnificent vintage planes. You are also welcome to take photos during the tour, giving you a once in a lifetime chance to get some impressive close ups, as well as a posing for a professional photograph of you next to the Spitfire that is included. You will then head for a tasty lunch at Winco Joe's restaurant, after which you are free to explore the IWM Duxford.
If you decide to go for the Air Commodore version of these Spitfire flying experiences, you get the added bonus of a guided tour around the Battle of Britain exhibition, ops room and control tower, as well as an amazing flight in a Tiger Moth, another favourite wartime classic aircraft, along with a signed logbook and photo too. These Spitfire flying days at the very fine IWM Duxford are truly outstanding days out for those passionate about aviation.
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