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Fly with a Spitfire at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford which was home to the very first Supermarine Spitfire squadron in 1938. As you take to the skies in a de Havilland Dragon Rapide that iconic shape will come into view giving you a unique perspective of this famous aircraft. This Duxford Spitfire experience also includes free entry to the IWM Duxford.

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Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Experience Details

Calling all Spitfire fans - prepare to take part in these flights with a difference! This experience takes place at the Imperial War Museum Duxford which was a Royal Air Force aerodrome and home to No. 19 Squadron who received the very first Spitfires during 1938. A very appropriate venue for getting up close with a Spitfire on a very special flight out of Duxford.

Your experience starts with a meet and greet in the original 1940s control tower where the itinerary for the day will be explained to you. You may find it hard to concentrate though, as Duxford is a working airfield, with many flights coming in and out each day. You might see one of the Spitfire's contemporaries taking off or landing.

It's then time for your departure from Duxford. Flights onboard the de Havilland Rapide to track your Spitfire are like stepping back in time to the birth of commercial aviation as this was the first airliner of its type. Built in the 1930s Rapides were also used in the Second World War (1939 - 1945). These aircraft carried out passenger and communication duties, making it the perfect choice of plane. And so, as you climb above Duxford airfield on your 30 minute flight, the moment you will have been waiting for, the Spitfire arrives…

You will be in flight with the Duxford Spitfire flying alongside you for around 15 glorious minutes. From your truly privileged position inside the main cabin you will be able to watch, listen and photograph the Spitfire in elegant flight right next to you. The cabin configuration of the Rapide means that every passenger gets a window seat, so you will all have plenty of opportunity to take some breathtaking photos of this iconic aircraft that, along with RAF Duxford, played such an important role in the Battle of Britain and the Second World War.

After your Spitfire flight you have the rest of the day to enjoy the many aircraft, which includes the Avro Lancaster, Hawker Hurricane and Avro Vulcan, on display at the IWM Duxford. Complimentary same-day entry to the museum is offered to all those who have been on these very special Duxford flights.

Please note you do not get to fly in the Spitfire on this experience.

Who is suitable for this experience?

Maximum weight 18 stone.
Maximum height 6'6".
Under 16s must be accompanied on the airfield by an adult.
You may be in a small group of up to 8 people.


Flights take place on selected weekends each month from April through to October.
All flights are weather dependent but don't worry if your flight is cancelled you can rebook for a convenient time.


You are welcome to bring family and friends along, however, they will need to enter the museum to view the flight. Your guests will enjoy a 50% reduced entry rate and children under 5 go free. There are a couple of places to eat/drink on site.


  • Introduction and safety briefing in the original 1940's control tower.
  • Fly wing to wing with the Spitfire in a de Havilland Dragon Rapide.
  • Souvenir photograph alongside the Spitfire.
  • View the Imperial War Museum, Duxford and its historic and rare aviation collection.
  • Actual flight time in the Dragon Rapide is approx 30 minutes with the Spitfire flying alongside for approx 15 minutes. All quoted flight times are chock to chock.
  • Allow three hours for this experience, plus time to view the rest of the museum.

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