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Experiences on Vintage Planes
In addition to Tiger Moths and Chipmunks, there are also Spitfires in this impressive collection. If you've ever wanted to learn to fly like a fighter pilot but don't have the budget for one, this is an excellent solution.
Exciting Flights on a Vintage Plane
You can get a true sense of what it's like to learn how to fly in the past by participating in one of our experience days, which utilise aircraft that were originally used by the RAF for instruction. Once in the air, you'll get a sense of what it was like for the pilots who weren't ready to take on the missions they would later confront.
Spitfire Flight Experiences
Another great experience is to take the controls of a Spitfire. This iconic, single-seat fighter was once at the forefront of British aerial combat during World War II. It helped to repel some of history's most infamous enemies and brought hope where there was resistance. Fly a SpitFire over the English Channel and get a taste of that power yourself.
Tiger Moth Flight Experiences
The Tiger Moth was the first aircraft to be designed for homebuilt purposes. The open cockpit makes it easy to imagine life in a time when this biplane ruled the skies, and you can experience some of its power with one of our experiences on a vintage plane.
Tiger Moths were often used as primary training planes during World War II. They proved so capable and versatile that they were still in military service up until the early 1960s, and you can fly one for yourself on a vintage plane experience.
Take to the Skies with Vintage Planes
Flying is a wonderful way to escape your day-to-day problems and rediscover what makes this thing called life worth living. Whether you want to learn how to fly, or just get your blood pumping, taking a trip on one of these vintage planes will be an experience that sticks with you forever.
What are vintage flight experiences?
Vintage flight experiences allow you to take to the skies in classic historical aircraft from the pioneering days of aviation. You’ll fly in open cockpit biplanes, Golden Age warbirds, and other rare antique planes from the 1920s to 1940s for a truly nostalgic flight.
What types of vintage planes can I fly in?
Popular vintage aircraft include the Tiger Moth biplane, Boeing Stearman, De Havilland Dragon Rapide, Supermarine Spitfire, and North American Harvard. Many are ex-military training aircraft from WW2 or barnstorming planes from the 1920s/30s. Each flight is a chance to ride in a piece of living aviation history.
Where do these flights take place?
Vintage flight operators are located at airfields and small airports across the UK. Major hubs include Duxford Airfield, Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, and Sywell Aerodrome. When purchasing a gift voucher you can select a location near you.
What happens during the flight experience?
After a pilot briefing, you’ll don a leather flying helmet and goggles and climb aboard the vintage aircraft. As the propeller spins to life, you’ll take to the skies, often performing aerobatics like loops and barrel rolls. Then comes an exhilarating open cockpit landing back on the grass runway.
Do I need any prior experience to fly?
These flights are suitable for first-timers. The pilot will provide instruction before and during the flight. No pilot’s licence is needed – just an adventurous spirit! It’s a hands-on experience, but the pilot remains in control at all times.
Is there an age limit or health restrictions?
There’s typically a minimum age of 10-14 years. Under 18s require parental consent. The upper limit is around 85 years depending on medical fitness. Those with back problems or pregnancy may be restricted from aerobatic flights. Check with the provider.
What aircraft safety features are in place?
Vintage aircraft are maintained to strict safety standards. All pilots are highly trained with spare aircraft on standby. Open cockpits mean a high level of visibility and headsets allow communication with the pilot. Seatbelts and aircraft-grade helmets maximize safety.
How long does each flight last?
Flights are usually around 20-40 minutes airborne. This gives enough time to take-off, complete aerobatic manoeuvres if desired, and land back at the airfield. Longer flights may also be available at an additional cost.
What does a vintage flight experience gift voucher include?
Typical vouchers include a scenic or aerobatic flight in your chosen vintage aircraft at a selected location. Some may include mementos like printed photos. Redemption is flexible based on availability. Add-ons like longer flights are often available to tailor the experience.
Where can I buy a vintage flight gift voucher?
Simply choose the location, aircraft type, flight duration, and delivery method. E-vouchers can be sent instantly by email, while physical vouchers come neatly presented for easy gifting. Prices start from £100 upwards.