Tiger Moth Lessons North Weald

Tiger Moth Lessons North Weald

Now booking: Tiger Moth flights out of North Weald Airfield! Take off in a vintage Tiger Moth biplane from this historic airfield just north of Epping. With a full range of flight durations available we’ve got an experience to suit you.

We are offering 15 30 45 and 60-minute Tiger Moth flights from North Weald. Sitting pretty in the north Essex countryside this is a great little general aviation airfield. It’s steeped in history too having been created as RAF North Weald in 1916 and served as a strategic fighter base in WW2 and beyond.

Various squadrons have been based at North Weald over the years and everything from Hurricanes and Bristol Blenheims to Gloster Meteors and de Havilland Vampires were commonplace in these skies above Epping. These days the airfield sees its fair share of vintage aircraft flying including these lovely Tiger Moths.

The operator running these flights out of North Weald has a trio of Tiger Moths to choose from. You may not know in advance which particular Moth will be flying during your day but all are beautifully restored to be the flying beauties they truly are.

Everyone (even captains on those fancy high-tech modern airliners) love the Tiger Moth. There’s something just so magical about this tail-dragger open-cockpit biplane. It has bags of charm and is so pretty. It wasn’t just about looks though the Moth was the primary trainer for many an Air Force for many a year.

This Epping team will tell you that’s because the Moth is: ‘a robust aircraft that is generally docile and forgiving in normal flight’. But we have to add that does not make this plane boring to fly – far from it in fact as you’ll find out for yourself on these experiences.

And don’t forget all Tiger Moth flights at North Weald are treated as trial lessons which means you get to have a go at flying the plane just like all those keen young RAF pilot trainees in years gone by. Once your pilot instructor has handled take off and reached level flight it’s over to you! Reserve your slot now before they all get booked up – Moths generally only fly between March and October.

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Ex-RAF Chipmunk Trainer Enstone Airfield

Ex-RAF Chipmunk Trainer Enstone Airfield

Book a Chipmunk experience out of Enstone Airfield! Fly for 30 45 or 60 glorious minutes in a genuine ex-RAF Chipmunk trainer at an ex-RAF airfield. Your flight will replicate those bygone days of aviation when the Chipmunk was the training aircraft for young air cadets.

Ever since being introduced into the Canadian and Royal Air Forces in 1946 the DHC-1 Chipmunk plane was always a hit with young pilots who were learning their first tricky moves in the sky. Some might affectionately call the Chipmunk ‘the poor man’s Spitfire’ referring to the fact that they handle almost as well. And indeed those who have flown Chipmunks agree that they are a beautifully balanced light and responsive aircraft.

Of the 13000 Chipmunks built there are around 500 airworthy examples in the world today. This fully-restored Chipmunk flies in her resplendent RAF trainer colours under the registration G-BXDI serial number WD373.

This Chipmunk’s first mission in 1952 was as an RAF trainer for the Nottingham University Air Squadron. Moving base to RAF Hurn (now Bournemouth Airport) WD373 gave many air cadets their first taste of flying for many years. Now she’s a civilian based at Enstone Airfield near Chipping Norton delighting all who fly in her.

For your aerial expedition you’ll be wearing a flying suit and a headset so you can communicate with your instructor pilot. Chipmunks have a tandem seating configuration so you will be sitting in the front seat with the amazing view over the propellor.

As the Enstone team says: ‘Our objective is to keep this icon gracing our skies for as many years to come and we want you to be a part of it’ so how could we refuse! We’re very proud to be able to offer these flights so that everyone can experience the Chipmunk at Enstone. Book your flight slot now and get ready for ‘chocks away’ in this much-loved vintage plane.

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Tigers and Tracks Action Day

Tigers and Tracks Action Day

For the ultimate classic military and aviation day out we’ve got Tigers and Tracks at Duxford! This is a unique and very atmospheric day that combines vintage aviation military tanks and old school sightseeing too. This Duxford activity day gives you a lesson in a vintage Tiger Moth a trip onboard a Dragon Rapide the chance to drive an armoured caterpillar-tracked military vehicle and lots of brilliant little extras added on.

The day starts thoroughly as it means to go on with one of those exclusive extras – a welcome and briefing for your experience day in the superb control tower. It’s all very civilised too with tea and biscuits (try not to get crumbs in the radar!) being served whilst your hosts who will accompany you throughout are introduced to you.

Participants of this wonderful Duxford experience day will then be split into small groups to rotate around the activities. For those starting on the tanks you’ll be taken to Duxford’s military testing ground where the Armoured Personnel Carrier awaits. Getting to grips with a fully-tracked vehicle takes a certain amount of co-ordination as it’s so different to driving a car but all great fun – especially if it’s muddy out there on Duxford’s purpose-built track.

After the tank there’s the Tiger. Everyone just loves this plucky little military trainer plane. You’ll certainly look the part too with the loan of the big flying jacket vintage helmet and goggles included. And remember you’ll be actively encouraged to take the controls once you’ve attained straight and level flight after take off so it will actually be you flying this classic little bi-plane.

A move from military to civil aviation follows with a sightseeing flight on the delightful Dragon Rapide. Harking back to the early days of commercial airliners and passenger air travel this is a fabulous way to look down on IWM Duxford spotting the Tiger Moth and APC tanks from the air as you head over the Fens and Cambridge centre.

On the ground a buffet lunch is included for all taking part on this military day as well as a Champagne reception when logbook-style certificates are presented. You will also have the privilege of a short private tour of parts of the IWM. It could be a wander around the Battle of Britain hangar the chance to see some specific exhibits or explore behind the scenes. The whole Tigers and Tracks day at Duxford is an absolute must for military and classic aviation fans filled with chat questions and plane watching as well as you doing the flying and driving all at this historic location.

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Auster Warbird Flight Northumberland

Auster Warbird Flight Northumberland

It’s chocks away for Auster flights out of Eshott Airfield in Morpeth! This high-wing monoplane is something of a hidden gem in the world of vintage aviation and we think you’ll love it. Steeped in history the Auster is a brilliant little plane that’s fantastic to fly in.

Your Auster flight experience will take place at Eshott Airfield the home of 57OTU squadron during WW2 which was tasked with training fighter pilots. Just like the Auster this airfield is also steeped in history and you’ll quickly find yourself immersed in the atmosphere of the airfield.

You’ll start your day in an incredibly rare WW2 Fordson truck where you’ll be briefed by your pilot on this beautiful aircraft the route you’d like to take and the weather. One thing’s for sure you’ll have the chance to see some of the most stunning coastline that the UK has to offer – only this time it will be from your seat in the Army observer aircraft!

Once you’ve talked through everything and have a flight plan you’ll be kitted out with a military flying suit before making your way out for your Auster flight. VF516 will be waiting for you on the very same pan Spitfires flew from in the Second World War. Built in 1951 this fully restored Auster aircraft still proudly flies in her silver grey Mk10 Forces training colours reminiscent of her active role in the Forces.

You’ll climb and settle into your seat ready for the in-aircraft briefing on the controls. After that this delightful aircraft will come into life with the sound of the 1940s as the engine starts. After some checks your pilot will taxi to the runway and before you know it you’ll be in the skies above Northumberland in the lovely Auster!

Family and friends are welcome to join you for the briefing and will be able to get up close to VF516 on the ground. We’re super pleased to be able to offer flights in this delightful Auster from Eshott. With lots to see from the wild coastline to the likes of Warkworth Castle and Alnwick (the seat of the Duke of Northumberland) a flight in this World War Two Auster in this wonderful part of the world is sure to charm you!

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Classic Tiger Moth Flights Berkshire

Classic Tiger Moth Flights Berkshire

Looking for Tiger Moth flights in Berkshire? Book your slot flying out from White Waltham Airfield in a 1943 DeHavilland DH82 Tiger Moth. With a 20 or 30-minute flight time to choose between there’s lots to do and see in the air in this rather lovely vintage aircraft.

This particular Tiger Moth is a bit of a star. She can be seen soaring through the skies over White Waltham in episode 4 series 1 of the acclaimed Netflix show ‘The Crown’. Captain Peter Townsend the divorced suitor to Princess Margaret played by Ben Miles takes Prince Philip (played by Matt Smith) up for a lesson.

The rather swoonsome Group Captain Townsend did indeed steal Margaret’s heart but they never married. And Prince Philip did indeed have his pilot’s licence and he actually took lessons at White Waltham which is where you will also be flying in this wonderful show-stopper of a Tiger Moth.

Built by Morris Motors at Cowley in 1943 this Moth served for many years with the French Air Force before returning to England in 1970. Since then she has passed through the hands of several owners and is now the pride and joy of Robin Russell. Robin flew Phantoms in the RAF executive jets and commercial airliners for easyJet and also holds CAA display pilot accreditation.

Since retiring flying his Tiger Moth from White Waltham is his passion. And it is indeed Robin who is at the controls in ‘The Crown’ flying scene. He loves nothing better than climbing into the cockpit of his Moth DE992 resplendent in RAF camouflage colours to show his passenger just how special these planes are.

Light agile and lively they are a joy to fly. All the sensations of open-cockpit flying are there. As you soar at 2000ft you’re high even to get a superb elevated of the Berkshire countryside whilst still being able to make out all the swimming pools of the gardens around White Waltham’s airfield.

Fuel on stick back throttle set and contact! Before you know it you’re up and away in this stunning Tiger Moth. You get to wear a genuine Irvin leather flying jacket for these experiences and you even have the opportunity to take control of the aircraft once you’ve reached cruising height on these Tiger Moth flights over Berkshire.

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