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On these spectacular passenger flights out of Headcorn and North Weald airfields, you will be flying beside this glorious fighter aircraft. Everyone loves the Spitfire and after take off, as the tension mounts, your pilot will inform you whether it'll be all eyes to the left or the right, as the iconic Spitfire swoops alongside you... and you fly with a Spitfire.

£399 per person 20 minutes
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£579 per person 30 minutes
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£789 per person 40 minutes
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Location

Essex at North Weald Aerodrome
Kent at Headcorn Aerodrome


Experience Details

Choose from a 20, 30 or 40 minute flight as you accompany the Spitfire in the air as a passenger in an aircraft or helicopter. This is certainly no ordinary passenger flight though, as you will be escorted in the air by the stunning Spitfire. As the Second World War aircraft takes off, you'll be ready and waiting, cruising over the skies of Essex or Kent.

It'll catch your breath that very first moment you look directly across to the formidable Spitfire. It seems almost within touching distance. A couple of seconds to gather your composure and it's time to capture some of the finest air-to-air photos ever, as you take advantage of your unprecedented proximity to this iconic aircraft in flight.

Both Headcorn (Lashenden) and North Weald are former RAF air bases. At Headcorn hundreds of sorties were flown by Spitfires and P-51 Mustangs at the height of the war between 1942 and 1943. Even today, the vestiges of the Second World War squadrons based here remain and there's a fascinating wartime museum. North Weald has been resonating with the sound of aircraft since 1916. From First World War aircraft, followed by Hurricanes, Spitfires and Blenheims in the Second World War, to the Cold War jet fighters, North Weald, with its amazing views of London, has seen it all.

When you fly with a Spitfire you’ll be in the very skies where endless dogfights took place during the Battle of Britain. As Fighter Command battled to defend Britain, aircraft such as the Spitfire and Hurricane were pitched against the Messerschmitt Bf 109s of the Luftwaffe. You can just imagine what it must have been like as a young RAF pilot in a Spitfire.

Choose from:
  • 20 minute flight experience with 10 minutes alongside the Spitfire.
  • 30 minute flight experience with 20 minutes alongside the Spitfire.
  • 40 minute flight experience with 30 minutes alongside the Spitfire.

Who is suitable for this experience?

Height restrictions: Minimum 4ft 6ins, maximum height 6ft 4ins.
Maximum weight 18 stone.


Availability

Selected weekend dates between April and August.
Dates and session times are subject to weather conditions and availability at your chosen venue.


Spectators

Spectators are welcome, with excellent views of the runway and aircraft.


Itinerary

  • Fly alongside a Spitfire in close formation.
  • Flights are taken in a multi-seat certified passenger aeroplane or helicopter.
  • Ground viewing of the Spitfire with plenty of photo opportunities.
  • Staff on hand to answer all your questions about the aircraft.
  • Experiences generally last 3-4 hours.
  • All flights are 'chock to chock' so include taxi time.
  • At no point do you fly in the Spitfire.
  • Free car parking and picnic area.
  • Onsite restaurants and childrens area.
  • At no point do you fly in the Spitfire.
  • Participants should allow for a whole day for the experience 9am-7pm, experiences generally last half a day and this is a precaution to allow for weather conditions.
  • Opportunity to 'Sit in a Spit' the iconic Spitfire Mk IX (TD314) for an additional charge of £65 payable on the day.

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