Battle of Britain Tour 2019 - Fly in a Spitfire!
19-24 September 2019
BATTLE OF BRITAIN TOUR 2019
The most famous aerial conflict in British history and now you can follow in the footsteps of those brave young pilots, who we now regard as the ‘few’. We start from Lord Dowding’s office at the headquarters of Fighter Command during this intense period, visit the underground bunker’s that served as operations rooms and attend the Battle of Britain Airshow at Duxford aerodrome. The tour culminates in the opportunity for you to either fly in or alongside the legendary Supermarine Spitfire.
"The gratitude of every home in our Island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the World War by their prowess and their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
20 August 1940.
Spitfire's at Duxford Aerodrome in the build up to the Battle of Britain
Thursday. Your Battle of Britain tour commences this afternoon with a private screening of the iconic 1969 movie - 'Battle of Britain', followed by our welcome drinks and dinner at the RAF Club's central London location.
A private showing of the 'Battle of Britain' movie kicks off your tour in style
After the movie it's time to enjoy dinner at the historic RAF Club in Pall Mall
Friday. We have a private guided tour of Lord Dowding's office and RAF Bentley Priory, Fighter Command’s HQ during the Battle of Britain. After lunch we move on to RAF Uxbridge and visit the original 11 Group Ops Room bunker. Dinner this evening will be at an undisclosed 'secret' location, with a special guest.
RAF Uxbridge Operations Room, as it was at the height of the battle in the Summer of 1940
Saturday. After checking out of our London hotel we make our way the short distance to the RAF Museum at Hendon for a very special look at the Battle of Britain 'Fighter Four'. Established in 1968 as the landmark legacy of the RAF’s 50th anniversary, the award-winning RAF Museum is a National Museum in North-West London. Today we are privileged to be guided around original examples of the four fighters that were the key aircraft of the Battle; Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1A, Hawker Hurricane Mk 1, Messerschmitt Bf109E-4/B ‘Emil’ and Fiat CR42 Falco (Falcon).
The 'Fighter Four' collection at the RAF Museum, all orginal survivors of the Battle of Britain.
Late afternoon it's time to head North as we transfer to our Cambridgeshire hotel for the next few nights. The Quy Mill Hotel & Spa – a stylish AA 4 Silver Starred Hotel full of character and charm. Once an historic watermill, Quy Mill Hotel & Spa is a secluded haven which offers delightful hotel accommodation in Cambridge, superb food and unfailing courtesy. It is the only hotel in Cambridgeshire to be awarded the Silver Star award by the AA, recognising a superior level of quality and high standards of service and cleanliness. In the evening we have exclusively hired the Mill Room at Quy Mill for our group dinner.
The Quy Mill Hotel & Spa, your destination for the second half of the Battle of Britain Tour.
Sunday. The annual Battle of Britain Air Show brings to life Duxford’s finest hour as an important WWII fighter station defending Great Britain from aerial attack in 1940. In the sky you will witness the sights and sounds of a mass Spitfire flypast and an afternoon of entertaining aerial displays and dogfights from iconic aircraft of the Battle of Britain including Hurricanes, Spitfires, Messerschmitts and the last surviving airworthy Bristol Blenheim.
On the ground you can visit the award-winning museum and interactive exhibitions. Take a step back in time and immerse yourself in Duxford’s heritage – the first Spitfires flown in operation served here. Learn the stories of the people who lived and worked on this crucial wartime RAF airbase.
Here's the 2018 Battle of Britain Airshow trailer to whet your appetite!
The Twynhams Tours package gets you to the heart of the action with flight-line access and a full day of VIP hospitality. Our exclusive ‘Airside Suite’ has incredible views across the airfield from our private balcony. An exquisite menu with complimentary bar makes this the only way to spend your day!