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Sightseeing Flight Over London

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Take a pleasure flight over London in a de Havilland Dragon Rapide which during the 1930s was one of the most luxurious compact airliners in service. Used by the rich and famous, including King Edward VIII, this sightseeing flight over London lets you experience flying from a bygone era.

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Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Experience Details

Now you can sample some of the flavour of the golden age of flying for yourself in this meticulously restored example of the much-loved vintage British aeroplane. Each of the eight seats in the passenger cabin has its own window on the world and you can look forward to superb views as the aircraft flies at just 1,500 feet and a gentle 90 knots.

Once onboard, you will take off from Duxford and head down towards London with its panorama of historic sites and modern landmarks. You'll pass over the 2012 Olympic Village, over Tower Bridge, past the Houses of Parliament and see Buckingham Palace from your seat. It's not just the views that have the 'wow factor' on this experience, the fact that you are looking down on them from an historic Dragon Rapide makes it all the more special

At the end of your Dragon Rapide flight over London you will be able to buy souvenirs of your journey. What's more, admission to the Imperial War Museum, Duxford is also included for every flyer, so you can make it a proper aviation-themed day out. Friends and family wanting to come and watch your big day can do so, when they buy a general admission ticket, which are offered at reduced prices.

Who is suitable for this experience?

Maximum weight limit is 20 stone, this activity is suitable for all ages. Passengers will need to be able to climb a couple of steps to get into the vintage aircraft. Flat shoes and comfortable clothing are recommended.


Flights take place March - October every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday. All flights departs from and return to Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire, adjacent to junction 10 of the M11. Don't forget the experience includes free entry to the Imperial War Museum, Duxford and half price entry for accompanying spectators.


Spectators are welcome to come and watch take off and landing however it is necessary to enter the museum to watch the flight. There is a restaurant and cafe on site providing food and refreshments.


After take-off from Duxford, the Dragon Rapide will turn south and follow the course of the Lea Valley towards London. It won't be long before the world famous landmarks appear on the horizon, the vision gives a true period feel as you look out through the struts and double silver wings of your aircraft. Approaching the city from the east, you will first recognise modern structures, such as the O2 Arena and the towers of Canary Wharf. Up the River Thames, historic London reveals itself with Tower Bridge, St Paul's and, with permission from air traffic control, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. With the gentle speed of the aircraft, there is plenty of time to enjoy the bird's eye perspective.

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