You don’t need to be a history buff or an aeroplane fanatic to get excited about this. Nothing will make you feel as much a part of the history of this country than taking a flight in a World War 2 Spitfire.
Until recently, you couldn’t fly in a Spitfire. Now you can. Last year, the Civil Aviation Authority lifted its ban on non-pilot passengers travelling in vintage military planes. It was quite a niche ban, that’s for sure, but until they abolished this nonsense, we hadn’t realised the immense pleasure they were depriving us of: flying in a World War 2 Spitfire.
Aero Legends offers two Spitfire flights. The first is a pootle through the skies sitting in the passenger seat, while a proper pilot – often an ex-RAF or commercial airline pilot – flies you around in the grandest fashion. You are not flying the plane, because the Civil Aviation Authority would never allow that much fun…
The second option is even more marvellous: the ultimate Battle of Britain flying experience. This involves flights in three wartime planes – the Tiger Moth, the T6 Harvard and finally, the Spitfire. This is an all around great experience to give you a taste of WW2 flight training. Probably a little shorter, mind, but still a good two hours in the air.
A flight in a Spitfire is a flight like no other – fun, adrenaline-filled, and laden with nostalgia. It’s quieter than you might expect, but as powerful now as it was during the war. There’s a reason pilots adore the Spitfire – and you’ll never want to come back down to earth.
Aero Legends at Headcorn Aerodrome in Kent, or Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire.
Seven days a week, 10am to 5pm, weather permitting.
What you need to know:
Book ahead for your preferred date, but remember that all flights are beholden to the weather. Aero Legends will check the forecast in the run-up to your flight, and if it looks like you might not be able to take off, they’ll let you know and reschedule for a later date.