Ultimate Spitfire Training

Ultimate Spitfire Training

There’s Spitfire training and then there’s the ultimate in Spitfire training. This amazing aviation package is most definitely the latter as you will realise that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take to the skies in a Spitfire a Harvard and a Tiger Moth all on the same very magical day.

Back in the day young pilots being put through flight training would often take their very first flights in a Tiger Moth. Many then progressed to handling more power by flying an aircraft such as the Harvard T6. All this training was leading to the ultimate in flying machines – the Spitfire. Already a legend in its own lifetime this was the pinnacle for many a pilot and remains so today. This incredible experience allows you to follow that same pilot training pattern.

Flight Lieutenant Charlie Brown is Head of Training for this specialist flight school. He has gathered a select band of pilots to provide the ultimate in Spitfire training. His team has many many hours of experience on a huge roster of aircraft from fast jets in the Forces to commercial airline work. Charlie himself passed 1000 hours in a Spitfire back in 2014. Put simply these are the instructors who train instructors and pilots on the Spitfire.

These ultimate Spitfire training days are offered at Headcorn in Kent and Sywell in Northamptonshire. Both are exceptional locations offering the freedom of uncontrolled airspace. Headcorn boasts direct access to all the famous Battle of Britain locations from Capel-le-Ferne to the White Cliffs. As for Sywell the saying goes ‘you can always fly well at Sywell’. This private aerodrome saw many an RAF pilot train here in the run up to and during WW2.

And those young bucks would have been flying the exact same types of aircraft you will be on this incredible experience. Tail-dragging fun is the order of the day with the much-loved Tiger Moth. Then there’s the brilliant Harvard. Both sessions in these planes are trial lessons so as soon as take off is dispensed with it’s over to you to take control.

Then it’s time for the big event. The moment you get to fly in the back seat of a Spitfire. Training done you’ll be brimming with confidence and wide-eyed with anticipation as you clamber into the cockpit of Mk TIX Spitfire NH341. Elizabeth as she’s known served with the famous 411 Grizzly Bear squadron and flew many a successful mission over Normandy in 1944. Several decades later and it’s time for you to take up the challenge in this beautifully restored plane.

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Mk26 Spitfire Hangar Tour Oxfordshire

Mk26 Spitfire Hangar Tour Oxfordshire

See a different type of Spitfire on these Mk26 Spitfire tours! What do you do if you love Spitfires but you don’t happen to have a spare couple of million pounds to buy a restored one? Well you do what Mike O’Sullivan did – design and build one from scratch!

These modern Spitfires are flying scale versions of the legendary WW2 fighter plane that we know and love. The Spitfire Mk26b is the third version produced in kit form by the manufacturer Supermarine Aircraft the company that Mike O’Sullivan went on to create. At 90% scale to the original these new Spitfires look the same handle the same and sound the same. They even have a similar power-to-weight ratio of RJ Mitchell’s iconic design. Just goes to show that sometimes a great invention can never be bettered.

Our fascinating Mk26 Spitfire tours give you the opportunity to visit the production facility at Enstone Airfield home to the official UK supplier of these scale Spitfires. Tours are hosted by members of the in-house team all of whom are passionate about aviation and these incredible kits. They’ll explain how the Mk26b came about (there was a Mk25 and a Mk26 before) and what it takes to build one of these Spitfires (metalworking skills and a whole lot of aviation grade rivets are essential!).

Being shown around the aircraft you’ll see just how close to the original Spitfires the Mk26bs are. Regardless of whether you think these modern-built Spitfires are ‘real’ or not there’s no denying the quality of the workmanship the passion and the desire to be as authentic as possible behind every single one of them.

You’ll also hear the story of the Spitfire the importance the aircraft had in the Second World War and why it is such an iconic and important aircraft even today. It’s also a great opportunity to be able to ask all those Spitfire questions you’ve ever wanted to ask but didn’t know who to ask. These guys love their Spitfires (so much so that ACE Squadron has been formed here at Enstone Airfield) and they’ll be only to pleased to answer your questions.

Last but not least these Mk26 Spitfire tours will show you that a flying Spitfire can be for the many and not just the few. You will still need pretty deep pockets but what a project to undertake! You might even be tempted by the end of these tours…

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Adopt a Spitfire

Adopt a Spitfire

Adopt a Spitfire and become a fully-fledged member of ACESquadron! Based at Enstone Airfield this passionate team is building a tribute Spitfire squadron and they need you to support them. By buying this great value Spitfire adoption kit you’ll be helping Britain’s newest Spitfire squadron to fly.

The Mk26B is a 90% scale Spitfire for the 21st century. It’s the brainchild of Mike O’Sullivan the owner of Supermarine Aircraft. He and his band of merry aviators technicians and engineers are building flying and maintaining a fleet of 12 Mk26Bs to fill the skies with of Britain once again with that famous elliptical wing-shape that was so influential in the skies during WW2.

A hangar at Enstone Airfield in Oxfordshire is where the magic is happening. Each rivet each wing strut and every engine is lovingly worked by the highly skilled team whose work you’ll be sponsoring when you adopt a Spitfire through Into The Blue.

Coming to you in a rather dashing metal tin your kit includes loads of Spitfire info and everything you need to register your adoption. Once you’ve registered as a supporter of the Mk26B Spitfire project you’ll receive your personalised Spitfire adoption certificate and an invite to arrange a visit via the online website to tour the hangar.

It’s totally fascinating stuff and it’s really interesting to hear how everyone involved is so passionate about celebrating and commemorating everyone from the factory workers and the test pilots to the RAF High Command and the numerous Spitfire squadrons around the UK through this project.

By buying a Spitfire adoption kit you will not only be supporting a really worthy cause but also getting yourself an invite to have a really good nosey around a very special hangar. If you know anyone who loves their classic aviation they will adore this adopt a Spitfire kit that’ll welcome them into the ACESquadron.

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White Cliffs Spitfire Flights

White Cliffs Spitfire Flights

Could these be the ultimate Spitfire flights? You will be the sole passenger on these coastal Spitfire flights. You’ll head over the White Cliffs or Beachy Head following the exact same flight path many a Battle of Britain fighter pilot would have done. Prepare yourself for a truly epic experience in the legendary Spitfire.

There are two itineraries to choose from. The White Cliffs of Dover Spitfire flights give aviators a 55 minute flying experience time with 45 airborne while the Beachy Head Spitfire flight offers a 45 minute total time and 35 minutes in the air. Both coastal Spitfire flight paths are steeped in history.

You’ll be departing from Biggin Hill Airport in Kent home to one of the principal fighter bases for Spitfires during the Battle of Britain. It’s a fitting departure point for these ultimate Spitfire flights as you head south towards the coastline.

On the Beachy Head tour you’ll fly to this well-known peninsula between Bexhill and Brighton with its RAF Bomber Command Memorial. It’s emotive stuff flying over Beachy Head in a Spitfire. As the inscription carved into the clifftop memorial explains: “Beachy Head was the major operational route outbound from the UK for the airmen of RAF Bomber Command when taking the war to the enemy.”

Whilst you circle in the air in your Spitfire thoughts of those young fighter pilots are bound to fill your mind. As the memorial poignantly reminds us: “For many Beachy Head would have been their last sight of England. Remember them.”

On the White Cliffs Spitfire flights you’ll head over the Kentish Downs towards Dover and those famous white chalk cliffs that stand proud 500ft above the English Channel. Picturesque doesn’t even begin to describe this corner of the world. Put a stunning Spitfire into this backdrop and it’s even more impressive. And you’ll be able to watch it all back after your flights as both of these ultimate Spitfire packages include on-board digital video footage for you to keep.

Your White Cliffs itinerary will also include Capel-le-Ferne where the Battle of Britain Memorial Centre is. The focal point here is the statue of the anonymous airman sitting looking out to sea. Carved out of White Cliffs chalk stone sculptor Harry Gray has created a wonderful centre piece that is stunning in its simplicity and yet so moving in its context. From the air the statue takes on another allure as you can clearly see the blades of the carved propellor set into the ground.

Emotional intense evocative and amazing. Both our White Cliffs Spitfire flights and the Beachy Head Spitfire flights really are the ultimate experience for fans of this iconic aircraft as you fly as the fighter pilots would have flown in World War Two.

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Spitfire & Hurricane Dual Fighter Experience

Spitfire & Hurricane Dual Fighter Experience

This dual fighter experience is all about the Spitfire and the Hurricane as they fly together – with you alongside! You will be flying in formation with these two iconic warbirds leading the way in the skies above Kent. Two flight durations are available with flight paths over the coast or countryside as you choose between Leeds Castle and Capel-le-Ferne with ‘The National Memorial to the Few’.

You’ll be taking off from the airfield that was formerly RAF Lashenden. It’s steeped in aviation history having served as a World War One flight training school. In peacetime it became Shenley Farm once more before being made a strategic fighter base during WW2. From the Royal Canadian Air Force to the USAF various squadrons were based at Lashenden.

Nowadays it’s busy and popular General Aviation – especially on the days when the dual fighter experiences are taking place! Imagine the sweet engine sounds of the Spitfire Hurricane and your de Havilland Devon firing into life as you get ready for the most amazing aerial spectacle with you right up there in the thick of it.

As you fly the Hurricane and the Spitfire will be flying wing-to-wing with you. It has be to said the Spitfire is often the ‘poster boy’ of classic aviation but it was the workhorse Hurricane that was the backbone of the Battle of Britain campaign. We couldn’t possibly pitch one against the other but which one will be your favourite? Needless to say they are both truly iconic in our eyes.

If taking photos is your passion you will be spoilt. As both fighters weave around above and below you it’s the perfect set-up to capture some amazing air-to-air images. You’ll have a super view of the duo of warbird fighter planes from your seat as each passenger has a window seat in the de Havilland Devon. And once back at base there’s always time to take static snaps of the Spitfire and Hurricane on the ground so you can get all those lovely detailed close-up shots too.

For classic aviation fans who love both the Hurricane and the Spitfire this dual fighter experience is the ideal choice. Not only do you get to see these lovely aircraft up close out on the apron you’ll also be right up there next to them as you all fly together. You’re in for a stunning aerial adventure either over the lovely Leeds Castle or the Battle of Britain Memorial on the Capel-le-Ferne cliffs which is just breathtaking when viewed from the air.

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