- Fly in a Second World War Spitfire, a once-in-a-lifetime experience
- In-flight recording and souvenir flight patch
- £2700 per person
Following changes in CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) rules, two-seater Spitfire flights are now a reality, and the TR9 Spitfire that will be operating tandem flights from Biggin Hill, one of the principal fighter bases in the Battle of Britain.
Two-seater Spitfires are incredibly rare, with only a few dozen remaining airworthy today. The plane you'll be flying in, resplendent in its invasion stripes, has an amazing log book, having flown numerous ground attack, bomber escort and patrol missions during the war – including being credited with the downing of an enemy Messerschmitt in September 1944. After being damaged and put into storage after the war, the aircraft was finally restored, taking to the skies again in 1993, exactly 50 years since it first flew.
Imagine what it'll be like to sit under your bubble canopy in the rear cockpit, waiting with bated breath as the Merlin engine kicks into life. You can be sure that the day you got to fly in a TR9 Spitfire over Biggin Hill and through the Kentish skies will be indelibly inscribed in your mind and heart forever.
- A detailed pre-flight briefing covering the aircraft, equipment and in-flight safety procedures
- A 30-minute flight in the rear seat of a two-seater Spitfire (approximately 20 minutes airborne) over Kent's 'Battle of Britain' country
- Access to the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar for up to three guests and Q&A session with the hangar team
- Get a feel for the controls (at the pilot's discretion)
- Hear radio commentary from your pilot, air-traffic control and ground crew
- In-flight video recording of the flight on SD card/USB stick
- Flight debrief and opportunity to take photographs with the aircraft
- Helmet, flight suit and parachute are provided for the flight and there's a souvenir flight-suit patch to take home
- Allow for up to four hours at the venue
Who is the experience suitable for?A
• Flying in a Spitfire carries certain elements of risk which will be clearly explained prior to your flight. On the day, you'll also be shown a detailed video explaining these risks – if you decide not to proceed or cannot fit safely inside the cockpit, you can exchange your experience or request a refund
• Minimum age: 18
• There's no maximum age limit, however you need to be healthy and agile enough to climb into the aircraft and safely experience the dynamic nature of the flight. If you have any concerns over your suitability, you should consult your GP
• You should not participate if you are on prescription medication, suffering from a cold, are pregnant or suffering from any condition affecting your breathing or consciousness
• A maximum weight limit of 108 kilos (17 stone) applies and you will be weighed on the day
• The aircraft can usually accommodate passengers up to 6'6"
• Passengers' dimensions must allow unrestricted movement of the control column
• The operator reserves the right to refuse the flight if, for any reason, they feel you are unsuitable to participate
• Please do not drink alcohol prior to the flight
When can I do this?A
• Flights operate on regular selected Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the year between March and November with sessions usually starting at 8.30am and 12.00pm
• Saturday Upgrade flights are usually available one Saturday per month
• Other bespoke dates may be arranged but may be subject to an additional fee
• All flights are subject to weather conditions, aircraft serviceability and air traffic
• Aircraft MJ627 / G-BMSB is normally used for flights, however the operator reserves the right to use other two-seater Spitfires
Where can I do this?A
• The historic ex-Second World War RAF Spitfire base at Biggin Hill Airport in Kent
• The airport is easily reached from London and the M25
Can I bring spectators?A
• Up to three guests can join you to enjoy access to the Heritage Hangar and observe the start up and shut down of the aircraft
• Sorry, no pets allowed
How does this work?A
All you have to do is pay for the experience and we’ll send a voucher through the post, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.
What about insurance?A
The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.