The ex-RAF base of Biggin Hill was an active Fighter Command airfield during the Battle of Britain and was home to Spitfire squadrons. Now you can
take off from Biggin Hill in a Supermarine Spitfire and fly over Kent's 'Battle of Britain country' and experience what it must have felt like to fly in this iconic aircraft on one of these
Spitfire passenger flights.
Biggin Hill Airport, Kent
Two seater Spitfire flights are now a reality! Following changes in the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) rules these Biggin Hill Spitfire flights mean the impossible is now possible, thanks
to this very special Spitfire T9 that will be operating tandem flights from this legendary airport that was one of the principal fighter bases in the Battle of Britain.
So what about the Spitfire you'll be flying in? Well, two seater Spitfires are incredibly rare. Over 20,000 single seat Spitfires were built, with only a few dozen remaining airworthy today.
Supermarine did come up with the concept of a two seater training version of the plane, but none were ever ordered and only one was built. But there followed several instances of
'unofficial' conversions, so after the Second World War Supermarine launched the idea again and a handful of Spitfire Mk IXs were converted into two seaters, called TR9s.
Resplendent in her invasion stripes, G-BMSB (serial number MJ627, code 9G-P) was owned by Maurice and Peter Bayliss for many years before being bought by RV Aviation Ltd. This plane has an
amazing log book, having flown numerous ground attack, bomber escort and patrol missions during the war including being credited with the downing of an enemy Messerschmitt Bf 109 on
September 27th 1944. After being damaged and put into storage the aircraft was bought by Vickers Armstrong in 1950, MJ627 was one of the Spitfires converted to a tandem and sent to the
Irish Air Corps before retiring in 1960. The Bayliss family breathed life into the old girl when she was fully restored and took to the skies again in 1993, exactly 50 years since she
Imagine what it'll be like to sit under your bubble canopy in the rear cockpit, waiting with bated breath as the Merlin engine kicks into life. All we can say is that we're pretty sure the
date you got to fly in a Spitfire TR9 over the famous RAF chapel of Biggin Hill and through the Kentish skies will be indelibly inscribed in your mind and your heart for ever.
Who is suitable for this experience?
Flying in a Spitfire carries certain elements of risk which will be clearly explained prior to your flight, on the day you'll also be shown a detailed video explaining these risks, if you
decide not to proceed or cannot fit safely inside the cockpit you will be offered a full refund.
Minimum age is 18. There's no maximum age limit, however, you need to be healthy and agile
enough to climb into the aircraft and safely experience the dynamic nature of the flight - if you have any concerns over your suitability you should consult your GP.
A maximum weight limit of 110 kilos /17 stone applies and you will be weighed on the day. Passengers dimensions must allow unrestricted movement of the control column.
The aircraft can usually accommodate passengers up to 6'6".
You should not participate if you are on prescription medication, suffering from a cold, are pregnant or suffering from any condition affecting your breathing or consciousness.
Please do not drink alcohol prior to the flight.
Flights operate on selected weekdays throughout the year. The first flights are scheduled to begin from February 2015. All flights are subject to weather conditions, aircraft
serviceability and air traffic. Aircraft MJ627 / G-BMSB is normally used for flights however the operator reserves the right to use other two seat Spitfires. Weekends and bespoke dates may
be arranged but may be subject to an additional fee.
Up to 3 guests can join you to enjoy the tour of the Heritage Hangar and observe take off and landing from the hangar.
- A detailed pre-flight briefing covering the aircraft, equipment and in flight safety procedures.
- A 30 minute flight experience in the rear seat of a two seater Spitfire (approximately 20 minutes airborne).
- Guided tour of the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar for up to three guests.
- Q+A session with the hangar team with close up access to the aircraft being restored.
- Take off from ex-RAF Spitfire station Biggin Hill and fly over Kent's 'Battle of Britain Country'.
- Feel and experience the effects of your hands on the controls (at the pilots discretion).
- Hear radio commentary from your pilot, air traffic control and ground crew.
- In flight video recording of the flight on SD card / USB stick.
- Flight debrief and opportunity to take photographs with the aircraft.
- Souvenir flight suit patch to take home.
- Helmet, flight suit and parachute are provided for the flight.
- Allow spending up to four hours at the venue.
- This activity is fully approved by the CAA as a flight experience.
- You may be able to extend the duration of your flight, additional charges will apply and this must be arranged in advance.
- Cameras are not permitted on-board the aircraft however video recordings of the flight are taken (content of video recordings cannot be guaranteed).
- You and your guests may be joining a small group of other VIP visitors on the day however all briefings and flights are conducted exclusively 1:1.
- You should wear clothing suitable for fitting beneath a flight suit and sturdy footwear e.g. boots or training shoes, leather soled shoes are not suitable.
- Biggin Hill is also home to St Georges RAF Chapel of Remembrance, entrance is free and makes a fantastic addition to your day (opening times vary).