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Warbird Hangar Tour & Spitfire Experience

Dates

23 September 2019

Warbird Hangar Tour & Spitfire Experience

Our Warbird Hangar Tour & Spitfire Experience gives you behind-the-scenes access to world leading Spitfire experts, the Aircraft Restoration Company at Duxford Aerodrome. The ex-WWII Battle of Britain airfield, now home to the Imperial War Museum has numerous exhibitions celebrating flight through the ages and is the perfect location to immerse yourself in everything related to vintage aircraft.

Your day starts with a briefing by one of ARC's leading engineers and then moves on to a guided hangar tour of the Aircraft Restoration Company and Historic Flying hangars. You’ll get to see where the warbirds are restored from the ground up, serviced, maintained and operated from.


Your Spitfire Hangar Tour Experience culminates with a photo opportunity in an original Supermarine Spitfire

After a light buffet lunch, it's time for the highlight of your Battle of Britain tour. Depending on your chosen tour package, either climb into the rear cockpit of an original WW II Supermarine Spitfire for a 20-minute Flight Experience or take your seat in a classic airliner to fly alongside a Supermarine Spitfire Mk1.

TWO-SEAT SPITFIRE PASSENGER FLIGHT
Take to the skies in THE aircraft that won the hearts of both pilots and public in the Battle of Britain. it's a symbol of Britain’s refusal to give up in the Country's darkest hour. The Spitfire is an icon and a joy to watch, imagine what flying in one feels like! Twynhams Tours and our colleagues at ARC will create a moment in time you’ll never forget in an original Spitfire that saw action in World War II.



It's impossible to put this incredible flying experience into words, so here's a short video from our recent Spitfire flights.


FLY WING-TO-WING WITH A SPITFIRE EXPERIENCE
Travel back to the thirties in style in the de Havilland Dragon Rapide vintage airliner and enjoy a graceful sightseeing flight over Cambridge in one of the last flying Rapides in the world. Each of the eight seats on board has a large window, perfect for viewing the landscape below and allowing you to fully appreciate the graceful lines of the WWII Supermarine Spitfire that will join us during the flight.

Literally 'out of the blue' the Spitfire appears alongside in close formation, it feels like you could almost touch it's wingtips, an evocative and awe inspiring piece of aerial choreography that few people ever get the chance to experience. The Spitfire pilot will perform graceful arcing turns and spend time on both sides of the Rapide, gives everyone a chance to take plenty of photos! Finally peeling away in true Battle of Britain style to reveal its legendary elliptical wing shape as it returns to base.


Once your tour and flight is complete there's ample opportunity to take a look around the IWM and as this is a live airfield, you may be able to catch all-sorts of classic aircraft practising displays, departing or arriving back at base. Finish off the perfect day with afternoon tea and cakes and one last chance to catch any warbirds in action before heading home from a truly unforgettable aviation experience.

 

WARBIRD HANGAR TOUR & SPITFIRE EXPERIENCE REVIEWS 2019

"Had the most amazing day today with Matt and Cat of Twynhams Tours ... the Warbirds hangar and restoration facility, guided by young Joe, was both informative and inspiring. Seeing the literal nuts and bolts, the struts and spars that eventually become these magnificent aircraft set the scene perfectly for the photo op sitting in the Spitfire. And that's where and when the boy in me truly came forward and the stories of my youth became real ... the anecdotes of my grandparents, the childhood books of my teens and earlier found form. As a veteran of the British Army I understand the brothers in arms 'thing' ... that need to fight for the guy next to you but today I found something new an honest appreciation of the work our boys did in these machines ... with no real protection from their enemy but their resolve, skill and faith in their ground crews to ensure their victory and safe return.

The flight experience that followed a delicious lunch was just breathtaking. A great little jaunt across Cambridgeshire in a DH Dragon Rapide with a Mk1 Spitfire in close formation ... there was more than enough time to both film and still shoot the Spitfire (from both sides, above and below) as it slipped from one side to the other of our plane ... the highlight being when we were presented with that iconic battle of britain image of the underside as she peeled away and slid groundward before levelling off below us, deftly demonstrating the effectiveness of the camoflage against the fields below.

Thank you Matt and Cat for this unique experience. Your attention to detail is beyond compare. I highly recommend this weekend tour package of hangar tours and wing to wing flight experience. More than a dream come true."
MC - July 2019

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Monday 23 September 2019

Warbird Hangar Tour & Fly With A Spitfire Experience

Warbird Hangar Tour & Fly With A Spitfire Experience - Duxford Aerodrome

This classic aviation tour package includes behind the scenes access to world renowned warbird restoration specialists, a Warbird Hangar Tour and a passenger flight in a vintage Dragon Rapide in formation with an original WWII Supermarine Spitfire.

Warbird Hangar Tour & Flight alongside an original WWII Supermarine Spitfire:
30-minute 'Fly Alongside a Spitfire' Experience* in a Vintage Dragon Rapide airliner
Guided hangar tours of two classic aircraft hangars
Photo opportunity in an original Supermarine Spitfire
Tea/coffee & refreshments on arrival
Light lunch & afternoon tea
VIP parking


*Timings and your full itinerary will be confirmed 14 days in advance of the event. Price is per person and includes VAT. Subject to weather conditions. Should it not be possible to fly then a refund will be made to the full value of the individual flight booked. Subject to the standard T & C’s available from our website. 'Buy Now' prices shown are per person and you will need to buy a full package for every person in your group. For further information or to make a telephone booking please call our booking hotline 0800 5999 077 between 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday.

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Our ticket allocation is getting low

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£495.00 Prices are PER PERSON and
include VAT where it is applicable
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Monday 23 September 2019

Warbird Hangar Tour & 2-seat Spitfire Experience

Warbird Hangar Tour & 2-seat Spitfire Experience - Duxford Aerodrome

This classic aviation tour package includes behind the scenes access to world renowned warbird restoration specialists, a Warbird Hangar Tour and a passenger flight in an original WWII Supermarine Spitfire.

Your Warbird Hangar Tour & Flight in an original WWII Supermarine Spitfire includes:
30-minute '2-seat Spitfire' Experience' (20 minutes airborne)*
Guided hangar tours of two classic aircraft hangars
Photo opportunity in an original Supermarine Spitfire
Tea/coffee & refreshments on arrival
Light lunch & afternoon tea
VIP parking

 

Spitfire Flight Experience – Passenger Requirements & Restrictions
Please read the following carefully, it is very important that you meet these requirements. If you arrive on the day with a flight booked and don’t meet the requirements, you will not be able to fly. If you have any concerns about suitability please call us on 0800 5999 077 when making your booking.
Restrictions
1.    Minimum age 18 Years old. You may need to provide photographic ID Passport/driving licence.
2.    Maximum Height 6ft 6 inches (198cm), no minimum height.*
3.    Maximum weight 230 lb (105Kg) You will be weighed and measured on the day.*
You need to be healthy and agile enough to climb into the aircraft and safely experience the dynamic nature of the flight – if you have any concerns over your suitability you should consult your GP. You should seek advice if you are on prescription medication, suffering from a cold, are pregnant or suffering from any condition affecting your breathing or consciousness. It is generally accepted that if you are fit enough to hold a private driving licence you should be fit enough to participate in this activity. Passenger dimensions must allow full and unrestricted movement of the control column.

 

*Timings and your full itinerary will be confirmed 14 days in advance of the event. Price is per person and includes VAT. Subject to weather conditions. Should it not be possible to fly then a refund will be made to the full value of the individual flight booked. Subject to the standard T & C’s available from our website. 'Buy Now' prices shown are per person and you will need to buy a full package for every person in your group. For further information or to make a telephone booking please call our booking hotline 0800 5999 077 between 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday.

Ticket Availability

Our ticket allocation is getting low

Buy now
£2895.00 Prices are PER PERSON and
include VAT where it is applicable