Leeds Castle Spitfire Tour

Leeds Castle Spitfire Tour

Book your seat on a Leeds Castle Spitfire tour and make an historic aviation fan very very happy indeed! While the stunning Spitfire is flying over lovely Leeds Castle a de Havilland Devon will be airborne at the same time. This is your chance to be on that plane for unparalleled views of both the castle and the Spitfire.

You and just seven other passengers will be boarding the wonderful 1950s Devon with the very exclusive mission of tailing a Spitfire in the air. As if that wasn’t thrilling enough the whole scenario will be played out in the airspace above around and over Leeds Castle. That’s one seriously stunning backdrop for any flight let alone one with a Spitfire next to you.

As you circle around the castle swathed in acres of green fields towering trees and that glossy moat it’s a great opportunity to take photos of this most picturesque location that’s a favourite tourist destination. But while you’re snapping keep an ear out for that Merlin engine. As the noise grows get ready for the moment the Spitfire comes into view and then leads the charge.

These are the very skies where endless dogfights took place during the Battle of Britain pitching the Messerschmitts of the Luftwaffe against the RAF’s Spitfires. As the fighter commands battled to defend the British shores aircraft such as the Spitfire and Hurricane were key to our aerial defences. Thankfully all is calm on the western front for these sorties making them all together more leisurely outings for all involved but you can just imagine what it must have been like as a young RAF pilot in a Spitfire.

Once you’ve taken off it’s just a quick hop northwards towards the village of Leeds for the Devon to get into position ready for the arrival of the star of the show. You’ll be in the air for around a total of 20-minutes on these Leeds Castle Spitfire tours giving you plenty of time to admire both the castle and the plane and take lots of photographs too.

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Fly with a Spitfire Kent

Fly with a Spitfire Kent

Join in with these very special Spitfire flights from Headcorn Aerodrome in Kent by flying right up there beside that glorious fighter plane! Everyone loves the Spitfire. For many it’s the symbol of the Second World War and a poignant reminder of those who gave their lives for us. These experiences focus on the Battle of Britain over the skies of Kent.

Both the plane you’ll be flying in and the Spitfire will be departing from Headcorn airfield. Formerly RAF Lashenden this was where hundreds of missions were flown by Spitfires and Mustangs at the height of the war between 1942 and 1943. Even today the vestiges of the WW2 squadrons based here remain and there’s a fascinating wartime museum. It’s hugely significant that Headcorn is the base for these Spitfire flight experiences.

You will be boarding a de Havilland Devon for your flight. These were the people carriers of the sky in the post-war years with the Devon ferrying military personnel whilst civilian passengers flew in services operated by the Dove which was the commercial version of this hugely popular aircraft. Flying in it today is quite a sensation – made all the more thrilling when you’re escorted in the air by a Spitfire!

Once airborne out of Headcorn you’ll head towards the Kent coast. With the Spitfire joining you the flight path takes you to the cliffs at Capel-le-Ferne. This is where the hugely emotive and provocative stone-carved Battle of Britain Memorial stands with its contemplative airman looking out to sea. It really is remarkable to look down on this from air especially with the Spitfire flying along with you. Don’t be surprised if you feel really emotional at this point…

Those on the extended 40-minute flights will continue to track the Spitfire towards the White Cliffs of Dover and South Foreland Lighthouse whilst the 30-minute flight turns back at this point. And as you head back to base there’s time to reflect on the day you got to fly at the same time as these historic Spitfire flights out of Headcorn literally side-by-side with this wonderful aircraft. Just magical.

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Castle Ashby Spitfire Tour

Castle Ashby Spitfire Tour

Take an iconic fighter plane flying over Northamptonshire add an historic military passenger plane and you’ve got yourself a Castle Ashby Spitfire Tour! Departing from the lovely Art Deco-styled Sywell Aerodrome these Spitfire experiences will see you fly alongside the great Spitfire.

It’s a real honour to be an active part of these Spitfire flights out of iconic Sywell. As the World War Two fighter plane takes off you’ll be ready and waiting cruising over the Northamptonshire skies in your ex-RAF passenger plane. As the tension mounts your pilot will inform you whether it’ll be all eyes to the left or the right as the impressive Spitfire swoops alongside you.

It’ll catch your breathe 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 photos ever as you take advantage of these amazing air-to-air photography opportunities.

And what a subject matter –  this Mk IX Supermarine Spitfire is now in fine form after languishing unrestored in storage for many years. TD314 was built at Castle Bromwich in late 1944. After being sent to various squadrons around the UK she found herself assigned to the South African Air Force in 1948. Abandoned by 1954 she was bought in 1969 but stored until she resurfaced in the UK in 2009. Now fully rebuilt to her original splendour you might recognise this Sywell Spitfire as the cover star of the Haynes Spitfire Restoration manual!

As for where you’ll fly on this amazing experience you’ll be heading in a southerly direction right over the rather lovely Castle Ashby House and estate. The traditional seat of the Marquess of Northampton this private house and estate village is currently the home of the Earl of Compton. The gardens including a delightful walled garden are open to the public – but nothing beats the view as you look down on them Spitfire by your side. And as you return to Sywell you’ll be thinking what a superb backdrop Castle Ashby is for these Spitfire tour flights! 

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Dambusters Spitfire Tour

Dambusters Spitfire Tour

Chocks away for a very special Dambusters Spitfire flight! This is vintage military aviation at its very best as you fly over historic Eyebrook Reservoir in a de Havilland Devon accompanied by a Spitfire.

It’ll be a magnificent MkIX Spitfire that’ll be joining you in the air. Beautifully restored and maintained TD314 now flies under the moniker ‘St George’ and it’s a superb example of this impressive fighter plane. And whilst the St George is undoubtedly the star of the show the plane you’ll be flying in for this tour is actually quite special too…

The de Havilland Devon is the military equivalent of the Dove civil passenger plane. It boasts a very retro 1950s style harking back to the decade when post-war air travel was quite literally just starting to take off. G-DHDV flying under the serial number VP981 has a fascinating flying history. This included a stint as the personal air transport for Sir Basil Embry when he was Commander of Allied Forces Central Europe based in France.

After a final role as the crew plane for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight from 1985 this graceful Devon was retired from military life. For her new lease of life operating de Havilland Devon flights alongside the St George Spitfire she has kept her resplendent RAF livery.

What’s more the cabin configuration inside couldn’t be better for observing the Spitfire flying beside you. Carrying a maximum of just eight passengers in a one by one configuration every seat is a window seat and they are really large windows at that – nothing like the commercial jets of today!

This all means you are guaranteed fabulous unobstructed views from the de Havilland Devon  as the glorious Spitfire glides effortlessly into view. The back drop of Eyebrook Reservoir is highly appropriate too. This is where Dambuster training sessions took place in May 1943 prior to the raids. All in all your Dambusters Spitfire flight lasts around 40 minutes and once back in the hangar try and make time to visit delightful on-site Aviation Museum – a must for historic aviation fans.

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Exclusive Spitfire Day

Exclusive Spitfire Day

It’ll be just you your group and a whole hangar of priceless warbirds on this Exclusive Spitfire Day! This very special group Spitfire day package gives you private access to one of the world’s most renowned yet discrete WW2 fighter plane collections – and includes up to ten flights in a genuine Spitfire too!

Aimed at team days out incentive campaigns corporate events association outings and the ultimate in family gatherings these exclusive Spitfire days are really very special. Can you imagine being the only VIP guests for the entire day at this fabulous Biggin Hill hangar? You can invite up to 25 to be present on the day with a very lucky eight of you being lined up to take a trip in the Spitfire.

The flights will be more incredible than you could ever imagine. For 30 glorious minutes you will be treated to the ultimate in classic aviation experiences. The Spitfire is a superlative aircraft and having the very rare chance to take a trip in an equally rare two seater version is a thrill like no other. Surely this has to be a seriously unrivalled prize gift or reward?

And just because these aeroplanes are literally worth many millions of pounds doesn’t mean they are treated with kid gloves. Once airborne if you’re up for it (and at the pilot’s discretion on the day) you could be in line for a couple fancy aerobatic moves like a victory roll to give you a very real glimpse of what formidable aerial fighters these planes were.

Back at base in the hangar it’s utterly fascinating. From the moment you step in to reception you’ll see it’s a veritable treasure trove of wartime and aviation memorabilia. Rather appropriately a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable aviation historian will be on hand to host your exclusive guided tour of the double-sized hangar home to not just a handful but a multitude of Spitfires and fellow wartime aircraft.

And don’t forget this isn’t simply a nice display of static aircraft. This is what we’ve coined a ‘living museum’ where the exhibits are or will be air worthy and regularly take to the skies. Indeed during your group Spitfire day you’ll see it’s a normal working day for the team of skilled technicians restoring and maintaining the planes. Watching the work in progress really does bring the realm of world war two aircraft to life.

As you can see from our full details this exclusive Spitfire day is all-inclusive and very comprehensive. As the whole day at Biggin will be dedicated to you and your group you really will make the most of all the facilities including function room and a superb viewing balcony giving you commanding views across the apron. We think this package combining flights with VIP tours on a full-day exclusive basis really is the one of the most unique things to do in London!

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