Wing to Wing with a Spitfire

Flights from £399

Fly alongside a Spitfire
An Extraordinary Experience!

Fly in the Dragon Rapide, wing to wing with the iconic Spitfire* – one of the most famous aircraft in the world. Take a flight in the De Havilland Dragon Rapide, the first commercial airliner AND, and fly alongside the Spitfire, the icon of British aviation.

All the action takes place at IWM Duxford, Europe’s premier aviation museum, an important fighter base for the RAF, and home of the first Spitfire.

Spend the day immersed in the nostalgia of WWII and the Battle of Britain, surrounded by flying legends of the Second World War.
All the aircraft we fly on these events are genuine Second World War aircraft that would have participated in some way, either as fighters or trainers.

Fly gently over the Cambridgeshire countryside in the Dragon Rapide until a roar of the Merlin engine heralds the arrival of the iconic warbird beside you – a magical moment!

The experience is to fly in formation with a Spitire – which is definitely the way to view this superb aircraft. We can offer flights IN a Spitfire too – click here for details.

YOUR ACTIVITY ALSO INCLUDES:

* Entrance to the Imperial War Museum Duxford (voucher holder)
* Discounted entrance to the museum for others.

Availability – Dates are limited and the experience takes place on specific dates of the year.
Spectator Information – Please note spectators must enter the Imperial War Museum to watch the activities, but will receive a 50% discount on the usual entrance fee.
Restrictions – Max weight: 18stone. Min age: 14 Max age: none. Passengers must be able to climb up 3 steps to get into the Rapide and onto the wing to climb into the cockpit of the Tiger Moth.
Clothing Required – Wear comfortable clothes and flat shoes.
Weather Restrictions – All flights are weather dependent and therefore subject to suitable flying conditions. If a flight has to be cancelled it will be rebooked for an alternative date.
Other Information – Vouchers are strictly non-refundable unless returned within 14 days of purchase.

The appearance of MH434 off the port wing was just ‘one of those moments in life’ never to be forgotten – truly magical.

What can I say, I am still smiling from the experience, flying next to a spitfire at 2000 feet is difficult to put into words, a truly unbelievable time

Today we were able to see the most beautiful aircraft ever to fly, up close in the air. The tears flowed, the smile on my wife’s face will remain with me forever!

We offer a choice of three packages:

squadronleader-packageSquadron Leader Package

Price per person ~ £399

(Allow approx three hours for this experience. Flight time 30 mins)

• Meet in the Pilots’ Briefing Room based in the original 1940s Control Tower
• 30 minute flight in the 1940s de Havilland Dragon Rapide
• A breathtaking flight in close formation, wing to wing with the Spitfire as she cruises alongside the Rapide
• Professional photo of you beside the Spitfire
• Stay the day to view IWM Duxford’s historic and rare aviation collection

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Click Here for Full Squadron Leader Package Details

spitfire-flying-fullsquadronleader-packageGuests gather for tea & coffee in the Pilots’ Briefing Room based in the original 1940s Control Tower with superb views over the airfield and runway. Duxford is a live, working airfield so you never know what you might see flying on the day.

Highlight of the day is your 30 minute flight in the de Havilland Dragon Rapide, during which you will fly wing to wing with the Spitfire as she flies alongside in close formation with you, giving you the chance for some stunning air-to-air photography. You’ll even be close enough to wave to the pilot!

The Rapide is a fitting aircraft from which to see the Spitfire, being an aircraft used extensively the Second World War and renowned for her grace and reliability. Every seat has a window guaranteeing you suberb views of the Spitfire

After your flight, collect the photo of you taken beside the Spitfire.

Wing to Wing with a Spitfire : Squadron Leader Package ~ £399 per person

wingcommander-packageWing Commander Package

Price per person ~ £579

(Allow four hours for this experience. Flight time 30 mins)

UPGRADE to the Wing Commander Package to enjoy everything in the Squadron Leader Package PLUS the additional benefits of:

• A 40 minute flight in the Rapide taking in the City of Cambridge
• A celebratory glass of champagne in the1940s Control Tower
• A ground viewing of the Spitfire and Rapide for a close-up view of both aircraft giving you the opportunity to walk round and photograph every aspect of the aircraft
• Meet the pilots – find out more about these historic aircraft and the skills required to fly them
• Lunch in Wing Co Joe’s cafe
• A guided tour of the Battle of Britain Exhibition hangar

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I must thank you for a truly wonderful day on 25 June when flying alongside the Spitfire in the Dragon Rapide and and then to have a flight in the Tiger Moth. The personnel who looked after us couldn’t have been more friendly, helpful and attentive. The whole experience exceeded all my expectations and the photographs which I took will remind me of a fantastic day for the rest for the rest of my life.

Click Here for Full Wing Commander Package Details

Guests gather in the Pilots’ Briefing Room based in the original 1940s Control Tower, where RAF pilots might have gathered prior to being scrambled for a flying mission. This area is still very much as it was in 1940 and has great views over the airfield and runway.

Pose next to the Spitfire for a professional photo

Highlight of the day is your 40 minute flight in the de Havilland Dragon Rapide, during which you will fly wing to wing with the Spitfire as she cruises alongside and flies in close formation with you, displaying on both sides of the aircraft. You will fly gently over the historical City of Cambridge and surrounding countryside in the Dragon Rapide until a roar of the Merlin engine heralds the arrival of the iconic warbird beside you – a magical moment!

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Every seat in the Rapide has a window, giving you the chance for some stunning air-to-air photography as you cruise over the Cambridgeshire countryside, dotted with ex RAF wartime bases.

The Rapide is a fitting aircraft from which to see the Spitfire as she flies alongside, being an aircraft used extensively in the Second World War and renowned for her grace and reliability.

After your flight, meet in the Control Tower for a celebratory glass of champagne and collect your photo.

You’ve seen the Spitfire in the air and now is the chance for a ground viewing and close-up view of both aircraft, giving you the rare opportunity to walk round and photograph every aspect of the aircraft.

You will meet the Spitfire pilot who will talk to you about these historic aircraft and what it takes to fly them. Find out first hand how exciting it is to be at the controls of Britain’s most well known aircraft.

Finally, enjoy a private guided tour of the Battle of Britain exhibition hangar.

Lunch at Winco Joe’s restaurant is included in your package and friends and family can join you if they wish to buy lunch.

Stay the day to view IWM Duxford’s historic and rare aviation collection covering over 85 acres – 7 impressive hangars filled with extraordinary aircraft, interactive exhibitions, conservations hangars, and excellent facilities.

Wing to Wing with a Spitfire : Wing Commander Package ~ £579 per person

aircommodore-packageAir Commodore Package

Price per person ~ £789

(Allow a full day for this very special experience, to include both flights – 40 mins in the Rapide, 20 mins in the Tiger Moth)

UPGRADE to the Air Commadore Package to enjoy everything in the Wing Commander Package PLUS the additional benefits of:

A flight in the Tiger Moth, the RAF’s training aircraft for Spitfire pilots Don the leather helmet, jacket and goggles and on this flight you get to take the controls!
• An additional photograph of you in the Tiger Moth
• DVD of your flight in the Tiger Moth
• Log Book style record of your flight

The ‘Wing-to-wing’ experience I had last Saturday was truly memorable.  It was made extra special by everybody at Classic Wings doing their best to make it so. Firstly what can I say about the flight with the Spitfire – just WOW. Loved every minute.

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Click Here for Air Commadore Package Details

Guests gather in the Pilots’ Briefing Room based in the original 1940s Control Tower, where RAF pilots might have gathered prior to being scrambled for a flying mission. This area has superb views over the airfield and runway, and is a great place to watch as aircraft take off and land.

Spitfire-500Highlight of the day is your 40 minute flight in the de Havilland Dragon Rapide, during which you will fly wing to wing with the Spitfire as she cruises alongside and flies in close formation with you, displaying on both sides of the aircraft. You will fly gently over the Cambridgeshire countryside in the Dragon Rapide until a roar of the Merlin engine heralds the arrival of the iconic warbird beside you – a magical moment!

Every seat in the Rapide has a window, giving you the chance for some stunning air-to-air photography as you cruise over the Cambridgeshire countryside, dotted with ex RAF wartime bases.

The Rapide is a fitting aircraft from which to see the Spitfire as she flies alongside, being an aircraft used extensively in the Second World War and renowned for her grace and reliability.

Having seen the Spitfire in action in the air, you now have the opportunity to see the aircraft up close and personal during a ground viewing and walk around of both the Spitfire and the Rapide. Take photographs, examine the cockpit, look at the instruments and ask any questions you like.

Both pilots will meet with you to talk about these historic aircraft and what it takes to fly them. Find out first hand how exciting it is to be at the controls of Britain’s most well- known aircraft.

Relax at Wing Co Joe’s restaurant for lunch

tiger-350pxTime for your second flight – and this time you will be in the front seat. After a briefing from your instructor you will fly in a Tiger Moth, the RAF’s training aircraft for Spitfire pilots. Don the leather jacket helmet and goggles and imagine yourself as a wartime pilot getting your first taste of flying. On this 20 minute flight you get to take the controls!

Take home a DVD of your Tiger Moth flight

Pose for a photo seated in the Tiger Moth, ready for action.

Your instructor will give you a  Pilot’s Log Book style record of your flight

To complete your experience, there is then a guided tour of IWM Duxford’s Battle of Britain Exhibition – explore the people and machines involved in the Battle of Britain and step back to the days of the Blitz

 

Finally, it’s back to the Control Tower for a celebratory glass of champagne, where the pilots will sign your certificate if you wish, and you can collect the photo of you taken beside the Spitfire, plus your photo of you seated in the Tiger Moth, ready for action in helmet, jacket and goggles.

If there’s any time left after all that, you are free to explore IWM Duxford’s historic and rare aviation collection covering over 85 acres – 7 impressive hangars filled with extraordinary aircraft, interactive exhibitions, conservations hangars, and land warfare collections.

Wing to Wing with a Spitfire : Air Commadore Package ~ £789 per person