Spitfire flight experience

Fly in a Spitfire, the iconic fighter from World War 2.
Yes this is your chance to take to the skies in one of the last remaining examples of this rare but incomparable airplane.

Alasdair’s recommended Spitfire flight experience

20 Minute Flight In A Wwii Spitfire - Virgin Experience Days Voucher PictureVirgin experience days Logo 20 Minute Flight In A Wwii Spitfire - Virgin Experience Days Voucher £2750.00
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The Supermarine Spitfire, to give it its full title, is the British fighter plane that was responsible for so many Allied victories during the Second World War and although over 20,000 of these machines were manufactured and put into service, there remain a mere handful – around 50 planes – airworthy and capable of leaving the ground.

Many more have been preserved for ground exhibition and can be seen at airfields and museums throughout the world. And while just looking at one of these close up can be enough to send a thrill up the spine, there is absolutely nothing to compare with taking a ride in one of these rare bad boys.
And as time passes, you can bet that the number of airworthy Spitfires will decline, despite the best efforts of enthusiasts, so if taking to the skies in this iconic fighter is one of your dreams, then don’t hang about too long. Take it while you can.

To check out the full range of Spitfire experiences, have a a look at the complete list of those available in the UK from the top experience providers. The list is refreshed daily and the prices are bang up to date.

30 Minute Classic Spitfire Experience In Newcastle-upon-tyne PictureBuyagift Logo 30 Minute Classic Spitfire Experience In Newcastle-upon-tyne £27.30
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Virtual Reality Spitfire Simulator PictureInto the blue Logo Virtual Reality Spitfire Simulator £39.00
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60 Minute Spitfire Flight Simulator PictureVirgin experience days Logo 60 Minute Spitfire Flight Simulator £59.00
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30 Minute Spitfire Simulator Flight In Bedfordshire PictureRed letter days Logo 30 Minute Spitfire Simulator Flight In Bedfordshire £60.00
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2 For 1 Ww2 Spitfire And Messerschmitt Flight Simulator Experience PictureBuyagift Logo 2 For 1 Ww2 Spitfire And Messerschmitt Flight Simulator Experience £70.00
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60 Minute Spitfire Or Messerschmitt Flight Simulator - Virgin Experience Days Voucher PictureVirgin experience days Logo 60 Minute Spitfire Or Messerschmitt Flight Simulator - Virgin Experience Days Voucher £95.00
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Spitfire Simulator Warwickshire PictureInto the blue Logo Spitfire Simulator Warwickshire £99.00
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Spitfire And Messerschmitt Simulator Dogfight For Two In Bedfordshire PictureRed letter days Logo Spitfire And Messerschmitt Simulator Dogfight For Two In Bedfordshire £105.00
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60 Minute Spitfire Simulator Flight In Bedfordshire PictureRed letter days Logo 60 Minute Spitfire Simulator Flight In Bedfordshire £105.00
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Smart Leisure Vip Spitfire Tour & Sit In A Spitfire PictureInto the blue Logo Smart Leisure Vip Spitfire Tour & Sit In A Spitfire £111.00
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2 For 1 Ww2 Spitfire And Messerschmitt Flight Simulator Extended Experience PictureBuyagift Logo 2 For 1 Ww2 Spitfire And Messerschmitt Flight Simulator Extended Experience £125.00
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Extended Spitfire And Messerschmitt Simulator Dogfight For Two PictureRed letter days Logo Extended Spitfire And Messerschmitt Simulator Dogfight For Two £190.00
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Wing To Wing With A Spitfire Experience  Squadron Leader PictureInto the blue Logo Wing To Wing With A Spitfire Experience Squadron Leader £399.00
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Castle Ashby Spitfire Tour PictureInto the blue Logo Castle Ashby Spitfire Tour £399.00
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Leeds Castle Spitfire Tour PictureInto the blue Logo Leeds Castle Spitfire Tour £399.00
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20 Minute Fly Alongside A Spitfire - Castle Ashby Tour - Virgin Experience Days Voucher PictureVirgin experience days Logo 20 Minute Fly Alongside A Spitfire - Castle Ashby Tour - Virgin Experience Days Voucher £419.00
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Fly Alongside A Spitfire And Battle Of Britain Hurricane - Leeds Castle Tour PictureVirgin experience days Logo Fly Alongside A Spitfire And Battle Of Britain Hurricane - Leeds Castle Tour £499.00
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Fly With A Spitfire Kent PictureInto the blue Logo Fly With A Spitfire Kent £579.00
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Dambusters Spitfire Tour PictureInto the blue Logo Dambusters Spitfire Tour £789.00
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Fly Alongside A Spitfire White Cliffs Of Dover Tour PictureVirgin experience days Logo Fly Alongside A Spitfire White Cliffs Of Dover Tour £799.00
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40 Minute Fly Alongside A Spitfire - Dam Busters Tour - Virgin Experience Days Voucher PictureVirgin experience days Logo 40 Minute Fly Alongside A Spitfire - Dam Busters Tour - Virgin Experience Days Voucher £809.00
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20 Minute Flight In A Wwii Spitfire - Virgin Experience Days Voucher PictureVirgin experience days Logo 20 Minute Flight In A Wwii Spitfire - Virgin Experience Days Voucher £2750.00
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Fly In A Spitfire Over The English Channel PictureRed letter days Logo Fly In A Spitfire Over The English Channel £2750.00
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Two Seater Spitfire Flights & Heritage Hangar Visit PictureInto the blue Logo Two Seater Spitfire Flights & Heritage Hangar Visit £2750.00
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White Cliffs Spitfire Flights PictureInto the blue Logo White Cliffs Spitfire Flights £3750.00
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Spitfire Pilot Training Day PictureInto the blue Logo Spitfire Pilot Training Day £5495.00
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Exclusive Spitfire Day PictureInto the blue Logo Exclusive Spitfire Day £22000.00
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The Supermarine Spitfire

Introduced in 1936, the Spitfire was manufactured by the Supermarine company, a subsidiary of Vickers Armstrong to the design of Reginald Mitchell. Mitchell designed a number of aircraft before his tragically early death from cancer at the age of 42, and this is by far his most famous, intended to be a short-range, high-performance reconnaissance and interceptor plane. Mitchell’s life is depicted in the film The First of the Few, and Mitchell is famous for remarking when hearing that the RAF had named his plane “Spitfire” that it was “just the sort of bloody silly name they would choose!”

Oddly enough, it was the Spitfire that was to become synonymous with British air-power, even though the Hawker Hurricane played a greater role in some of the famous conflicts such as the Battle of Britain in 1940. Either way, the Luftwaffe soon learned to fear and show appropriate respect to these amazing little airplanes. And starting its life with a Rolls Royce powerplant producing a mere 1030 horse power, developments throughout its life cycle ended up providing the machine with Rolls Royce Griffon engines producing well over twice that power (2340 hp) and giving a significantly more powerful and fearsome weapon of war.

Can I fly the Spitfire myself?

Well the bad news is that no, you can’t take the controls. The surviving airplanes are much too rare and important for that, as well as requiring a fair degree of skill to handle them. While this fighter can perform amazing feats in experienced hands, it was not regarded as a particularly easy plane to learn to fly.
BUT the good news is that you can go up in one as a passenger, piloted by an expert. It’s not cheap, but it certainly is a rare experience and good value for money even so.
Your experience will take between five and six hours, with about half an hour in the plane itself – some twenty minutes actually in the air. It’s just the two of you in the plane, you and the pilot, so you’ll get preferential treatment and one on one guidance from your experienced flyer pilot.

You’ll notice that “Spitfire flights” are advertised at a few hundred pounds rather than the thousands of my recommended experience. You’ll find, however, that what happens in practice on these less costly experiences is that you go up in another classic plane – typically a de Havilland Dragon Rapide, or something similar, and fly alongside a real Spitfire so you can see it in the air up close and personal.
This is a fantastic experience in itself, and if your budget runs to hundreds rather than thousands, is not to be missed. But if you can possibly run to it, buy the flight inside the actual Spitfire itself while you have the chance. You’ll be glad you did.

And just to whet your appetite, here’s a Youtube video of one of these bad boys in action.
Enjoy!!

Author: Alasdair

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