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Fly With a Bristol Blenheim

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Flying from the Imperial War Museum, Duxford these very special wing-to-wing flights enable you to fly alongside the only airworthy Blenheim. On this fly with a Bristol Blenheim experience you will take your seat in a vintage de Havilland Dragon Rapide as the Blenheim joins you over the Cambridgeshire countryside.

£529 per person
Bristol Blenheim experience
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Location

IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire


Experience Details

There are eight seats onboard the de Havilland Dragon Rapide for passengers and each one is a window seat, so you will be afforded incredible views of the Blenheim as you fly in formation - perfect for capturing incredible air-to-air photos of this much-loved bomber.

Developed as a passenger aircraft in the 1930s, the Royal Air Force commissioned a military version from manufacturers Bristol. By the start of the Second World War there were 1,089 Blenheims in service. Each aircraft flew with a crew of three: the pilot, the navigator/bomb-aimer and the wireless radio operator/air gunner. Technical advancements meant the Blenheim was soon outmoded, suffering heavy losses, but was still very much involved in the war.

Flying under serial number L6739, this imposing Blenheim was rebuilt as a ‘short-nosed’ Mk I version and first flew after restoration in 2014, delighting IWM Duxford visitors and air show crowds around the country ever since.

On these Bristol Blenheim wing-to-wing flights you’ll enjoy access to the Imperial War Museum, a meet and greet with the pilots, your 30-minute Dragon Rapide flight, a professional photo of you next to the aircraft and even a Champagne toast, to the day you met and flew with the only airworthy Bristol Blenheim in the world.

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.


Availability

Flights are limited to just 3 or 4 dates a year.


Spectators

You are welcome to bring friends and family along however they will need to enter the museum to view the flight.
Entry to IWM Duxford is compulsory for participants and accompanying guests.
Guests will enjoy half price entry to the site, children under 5 go free.
There's a cafe on site.


Itinerary

  • Fly wing to wing in close formation with the Bristol Blenheim in a de Havilland Dragon Rapide.
  • Meet and greet with the pilots.
  • Ground viewing of the rare Bristol Blenheim.
  • View the IWM Duxford's historic and rare aviation collection.
  • Actual flight time in the Dragon Rapide is approx 30 minutes with the Blenheim flying alongside for approx 10 minutes.
  • All quoted flight times are chock to chock.
  • Souvenir photograph alongside the Bristol Blenheim.
  • Glass of Champagne.
  • Allow three hours for this experience, plus time to view the rest of the museum.

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