• Welcome with tea and coffee in the original pilot briefing room at the 1940's control tower with views across the airfield
• Pre-flight briefing from your instructor and a walk around of the Harvard T6 that you'll be flying in
• A flight experience in the T6 Harvard where your pilot will demonstrate the controls and then give you the chance to take control yourself
• During the flight you'll join in formation with a Mk IX Spitfire and then chase across the skies above Duxford
• Listen in on the inflight radio communications between both pilots and air traffic control
• Whole day access to the 300 acre IWM Duxford site with a private guided tour of the historic and rare aviation collection
• Souvenir photograph alongside the Spitfire
• The Harvard flight duration is 30 minutes in total during which you'll be joined by the Spitfire for approximately 15 minutes (All flight times are 'chock to chock')
• Allow three hours for this experience, plus the rest of the day to view the museum
What Can I Expect
Take off into the nostalgic world of the 1940s with this incredible warbird flight! This experience will see you fly a WW2 plane from historic Duxford. And is if that wasn't enough of a thrill for one day, once airborne and cruising nicely, you'll be joined by a genuine Spitfire to fly in formation with this most iconic aircraft.
Here at IntotheBlue.co.uk we are all about making marvellous memories and providing brilliant experiences and this very special Harvard flight has to be up there with one of the most amazing days out we offer. If you love Second World War aircraft and you love flying, you will simply be in aviation heaven on this day.
The whole set up at Duxford is incredible. As soon as you arrive on site you will be plunged into the world of wartime aviation. Even the pre-flight brief takes place in the original wartime control tower, giving you superb views across the runways and the aprons. Of course, Duxford is still very much a working airfield, so you'll probably see a fair few movements whilst you're in the tower. A great precursor to your flight, as we think you'd agree.
So you've heard all about what your day entails, now it's time to meet the magnificent Harvard. Designed and built by North American Aviation, the prototype first flew in 1935 and the model was finally retired off in 1985. Working hard as an advanced trainer in WW2, this trusty steed saw many a trainee fighter pilot in the hot seat and it's easy to imagine how they felt when you step into the cockpit and taxi off to the hold ready for take off. The nerves are there, the anticipation is there, as is the desire to do a good job taming this beast of a trainer.
During your flight you will get the chance to take control of this warbird, as this experience is treated as a lesson, not just a sightseeing sojourn. Having said that, you'll soon realise you're not alone in the air and that incredible Merlin engine roar will have craning your neck to see where the Spit is. As she comes into your sights, all eyes will be on her. Take in the air-to-air view of this wonderful old war girl, after all it's not every day you're up in one great warbird flying alongside another great one is it?
After flying formation for several delicious minutes, you peel off and head back to base. As your warbird flight comes to end you'll be able to reflect on the whole amazing experience. Not for too long though, as you've got a guided private tour of the IWM Duxford next, with your host showing you around and explaining some of the 200-plus aircraft to you over the 300 acre-site. We think this is a truly memorable experience that includes flying one American warbird and getting up close to a British one too. Brilliant stuff.
• Flights take place on regular weekends and selected weekdays from May to October
• All flights are weather dependent but don't worry if your flight is cancelled you can rebook for a convenient time
• Maximum weight 18 stone
• Minimum age 16, maximum age 80
• You must be agile enough to step up onto the wing and climb into the cockpit
• You are welcome to bring friends and family along however they will need to enter the museum to view the flight
• Your guests will enjoy a 50% reduced entry rate
• There are a number of cafe's on site
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Voucher holders also get free entry to IWM Duxford with discounted entrance for accompanying friends and family
• A visit to Duxford is a day out in itself so leave plenty of time to look around
• IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire
• The venue is just off the M11 making it easily accessible from London