A go in a spitfire? It's not going to happen, but you can definitely build your own!!
* The classic plastic kit made famous by James May
* Includes paint, brushes, and glue
* Despatched in a jiffy, in a jiffy bag
* Price includes post and packing and VAT
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About Flights in Spitfires
The Spitfire is the most famous British fighter of World War II and has an enduring appeal for
aviation enthusiasts everywhere.
Production of some 40 different variants of the Spitfire took place throughout WW II and after. They served in
every combat area, operating as fighters, fighter-bombers, reconnaissance aircraft and carrier-based fighters with the
CAN I ARRANGE A FLIGHT IN A SPITFIRE?
There is only a handful of 2-seater Spitfires in the world, and just three of these are flying in the UK.
In addition, to be able to offer trial lessons, any aircraft must have a public category licence, and the instructor
too must be licensed to take paying passengers. Presently these two conditions are not met for any Spitfire in the UK.
So, unfortunately, the chances of arranging a flight in a Spitfire are pretty slim. However it is possible to arrange
solo displays for individuals; for more information see the Grace
Spitfire website or Anthony Hodgson's PT462 website.
The third 2-seat Spitfire is based at East Kirkby and owned by a private collector; it too is occasionally flown at displays.
Join our campaign to get aviation enthusiasts into the cockpit of Spitfires again!
FLY WITH A SPITFIRE
Yes. We really do mean it. This is your chance to get up close to one of these wonderful flying machines in the air.
Whether young or not so young, who doesn't feel an emotional link with this magnificent aircraft. Whether from personal
experience; parents/grandparents tales or war time films it really is hard to not to feel something when we see these
wonderful machines in action. Add the sound of being up close and it is almost too much to bear - a very emotive
From the comfort of an executive helicopter you will be flying alongside BM597, the Mk Vb Spitfire of the
Historic Aircraft Collection, normally flown by Charlie Brown, one of the most experienced Spitfire pilots
in the world. As we fly, the Spitfire will chase our helicopter across the Kent countryside - a thrilling
sight as she flies by close enough to exchange a wave with the pilot!
Marvel at her manoeuvrability even 70 years on, she takes your breath away. With a little imagination,
you will feel what it must have been like to meet up with a Spitfire - either as friend or foe.
Our 'Fly with a spitfire' experiences go from two bases in Kent and start at just £441.25:
Fly alongside a Spitfire £441.25
Battle of Britain Memorial flight with Spitfire £566.25
White Cliffsand Memorial flight with Spitfire £813.23
Extended White Cliffs experience with a Spitfire £1,310.06
WHAT'S THE NEXT BEST THING I CAN FLY?
There are alternatives that we can offer which will give anyone a fantastic experience.
If the interest is in historical aircraft then you could arrange a
flight in a Tiger Moth.
If you are seeking the sense of speed, agility and the g-forces that an aircraft can
offer, then we have an
unbeatable choice of aerobatic flights led by ex-RAF flighter pilots and UK aerobatic champions. Or,
you might wish to fly the most powerful aircraft in our collection, the mighty WW II Harvard
"Texan" - this is the demanding aircraft that every Spitfire pilot has to master first.
Find out more about flying a Harvard
If you are determined to fly, and you want achieve an experience as close as possible to the unattainable
reality of a Spitfire flight, then you need to select a flight in an Extra 300
- rated by many pilots as easier to fly and even more delightful than the original Spits.
Spitfire Mark I/II
Single engine fighter from 1938. Length 282mm, Wing Span 348mm with 82 parts.
Revell 1:32 scale model kit
HISTORY OF THE AIRCRAFT
See also: light aircraft.
Martin Davidson, James Taylor
The Battle of Britain, 1940, was one of the most famous air battles in the history of
warfare and it is a story of ruthless organisation, brilliant control and command. But at its
heart is one particular figure, a legend ever since. The RAF fighter pilot. And one particular
plane - a piece of machinery that has almost mythic historical glamour - the Supermarine
Spitfire. Accompanying a Channel 4 series of the same name, "Spitfire Pilot" reintroduces us
to the few that flew in the Battle of Britain and includes interviews with 25 of the 35
remaining veteran Spitfire pilots. Combined with a historical narrative of the events
surrounding the Battle of Britain, the reader learns what is was like to fly a Spitfire and to
experience combat flying at its most visceral. Illustrated with over 80 photographs and
contemporary archive material, "Spitfire Pilot" provides a vivid portrait of the fighter boys
and their finest hour, their planes (including Spitfires, Hurricanes and Messerschmitts) and
Fighter Command - RAF versus the Luftwaffe.
Pen and Sword Books are proud to be re-issuing this the only book that the legendary 'legless' ace Douglas
Bader (immortalised by the film Reach For The Sky) wrote. He tells the inspiring story of the
Battle of Britain from the viewpoint of 'The Few'. Using superb illustrations he traces the
development of the Spitfire and Hurricane and describes the nail-biting actions of those who
flew them against far superior numbers of enemy aircraft. As an added bonus, other well-known
fighter aces including Johnnie Johnson, 'Laddie' Lucas and Max Aikten contribute to Douglas's
book, no doubt out of affection and respect. This is a really important contribution to RAF
history by one of the greatest - and certainly the most famous - pilot of the Second World War.
Ian Duncan Smith (Foreword), Group Captain W.G.G. Duncan Smith
Group Captain Duncan Smith flew and fought in front-line operations continuously from the Battle of Britain
through the struggle for Malta, the invasion of Italy and the liberation of France. In this
personal and exhilarating account, the reader experiences first hand the dramatic story of the
air war from the cockpit of the now legendary spitfire.
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