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Dambusters Spitfire Experience

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Flying aboard a de Havilland Devon this flight will take you to the Eyebrook Reservoir which was one of the practice sites for the famous Dambuster raids. Accompanying you on this trip is a true icon of the skies the Spitfire, which you also get to sit in on the ground. Flying next to the Spitfire for 30 minutes this Dambusters Spitfire experience will surely be a day you'll never forget.

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Sywell, Northamptonshire

Experience Details

Produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft, the Spitfire is a beacon of Britain's aerial supremacy before, during and after the Second World War. You'll get to see why from a seat on board a de Havilland Devon, an ex Royal Air Force passenger aircraft, as a Spitfire flies within smiling distance of your window. As you cruise along you'll be able to take in breathtaking views of the Eyebrook Reservoir, which stood in for the Mohne Reservoir when the Dambusters were training, and the surrounding countryside, while the Spitfire manoeuvres around your plane with characteristic ease.

On arrival at Sywell Aerodrome in Northampton you'll meet and greet the day's pilots as well as some of your fellow passengers before climbing aboard the de Havilland Devon.

During the 40 minute flight and once you're up to cruising speed the Spitfire will join you for 30 minutes of flying alongside and manoeuvres, and you'll be able to take some amazing air-to-air photos of the Spitfire as well as the Eyebrook Reservoir and the surrounding countryside as you pass by high in the sky.

Fancy an even closer view? You've got a sit in a Spitfire upgrade included, meaning you can realise your dream of sitting in the cockpit of the St George Spitfire Mk IX (be sure to get your photo taken!) and look around its workings as it sits regally on the airfield. Another opportunity for some quality photos.

Please allow 2 hours for this experience - the flight itself will last approximately 40 minutes.

Who is suitable for this experience?

Minimum age: 12 (under 18's need to be accompanied by a paying adult)
Minimum height: 4ft 7in
Maximum height: 6ft 3in
Maximum weight: 15 stone
There are no specific medical requirements but if in doubt please consult your doctor. You must be physically able to climb in and out of the aircraft.


This experience is available on selected dates throughout the flying season. Please note flying time in this classic aircraft is restricted to help preserve and maintain the aircraft, hence availability is strictly limited.

We recommend you book at least eight weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available. This is only a guideline and we advise you to book as early as possible to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on your voucher. All bookings are subject to availability.


Spectators are welcome, and facilities on site usually include the availability of hot drinks and snacks.


40 minute flight in an RAF de Havilland Devon.
Spend 30 minutes in close formation, wing to wing with the Spitfire.
Take in a stunning aerial view of the Eyebrook Reservoir, practice site for the Dambuster raids.
Sit in the Spitfire's cockpit as it sits ready on the Sywell airfield.
Experience gift pack including personalised voucher and message card.
Cancellation indemnity.

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