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Dambusters Helicopter Tour

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Take a helicopter tour of the Peak District as you fly to the dams at Derwent Valley where No. 617 Squadron trained in their Avro Lancasters during March 1943 in preparation for 'Operation Chastise', more commonly known as the Dambusters raid. Your voucher also includes a carvery meal to complete your Dambusters helicopter tour experience.

£169 per person
Dambusters helicopter tour & lunch
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Owler Bar, Derbyshire

Experience Details

Sightseeing and history combined on this Dambusters helicopter tour. Setting off from a location between Sheffield and Chesterfield in a luxury helicopter, you will follow the same flight path as the pilots from No. 617 Squadron in their Lancasters took over the iconic double dam and take in some of the most recognisable sights of the Peak District too.

To put your Dambuster day out in perspective, we go back to March 1943, when No. 617 Squadron trained for a top secret mission. The training was conducted along the Derwent Valley. It turned out the mission was the now famous "Dam Busters" raid, officially known as 'Operation Chastise', on the Ruhr Valley in Germany and this tour brings this significant moment in history to life.

As well as seeing the dams from the air these helicopter sightseeing tours give you the opportunity to fly back to base in a southerly direction, taking in Chatsworth House and the superb Derbyshire countryside that surrounds it. Once back to base, you are invited for a carvery meal at the Moorlands Pub, making it an ideal family day out.

On this tour not only will you be flying over some truly beautiful countryside on the day but you'll also get an insight into what it may have felt like for those heroes practicing for their daring Second World War operation.

Co-Pilot seat upgrades can be reserved in advance for an additional charge payable direct with the supplier (subject to availability).
Additional meals can be purchased on the day with the supplier.

Who is suitable for this experience?

Minimum age six.
Under 18s must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Maximum height 6ft 3ins.
Weight restrictions: maximum 18 stone.


Selected weekend dates from March to October.


Spectators are welcome to come and watch the take off and landing.
The helicopter takes off from the Moorlands Carvery Pub, so spectators can head inside after the take off.


  • Pre-flight safety briefing.
  • Flight time of approximately 30 minutes.
  • Carvery lunch at The Moorlands (extra meals can be paid for locally for friends and family).
  • You will be sharing your helicopter ride with up to six other passengers.

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