Frequently Asked Questions
Please find below a list of the questions we’re asked most often here at Classic Wings. If there is anything else you’d like to know about our flights, our fleet or how we work, please contact us.
Is there an age limit?
There is no age limit for flights in the Dragon Rapide, but on all other activities there is a minimum age of 16 years, and a minimum of 18 years of age for the Spitfire.
Are there height restrictions?
There are no height restrictions for flights in the Dragon Rapide, but there is a max. height restriction of 6’ 4” for the Tiger Moth and 6’6″ for the Spitfire.
Are there weight restrictions?
Yes. Max weight for the Dragon Rapide is127kg/ 20 stone, max weight for the Tiger Moth is 115kg/18 stone. Max weight for flights in a Spitfire is 105 kg/16.5 stone
What clothes should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothes and closed shoes (no sandals). You will be provided with a leather flying jacket and headset on the day for the Tiger Moth, and if it’s a cold day you may want to bring some warm gloves
Do we operate aerobatics?
Flights in the Tiger Moth are not aerobatic. However depending on the weather, and the individual pilot on the day, aerobatic manoeuvres may be possible in the Harvard, and the Spitfire may be able to perform its signature Victory Roll.
Over which area does the Tiger Moth fly?
It does not fly over any specific area. The instructor chooses a suitable area over which to carry out the flying lesson, usually away from towns and villages.
What happens if the weather is bad?
If the weather is not suitable for flying on the day you have booked, we will re-book your flight for an alternative date to suit you.
However please note that we cannot compensate for any hotel bookings or travel expenses incurred.
Do I need insurance?
Your flight insurance is already included in the price of your voucher.
Does my voucher expire?
Your voucher will be valid for 12 months from the date of purchase- however please note that our flying season is from March to October inclusive (with the exception of Harvard flights and Trial Flying lessons in the Cessna which have some limited availability during the winter). The expiry date shown is the date before which your flight must take place.
Can my voucher be extended?
You can extend your voucher for an extra twelve months for payment of an additional fee (currently £25)
Can I give my voucher to someone else?
Yes. All vouchers are transferable.
Can I exchange my voucher?
Yes, you can exchange it for a different type of flight, but you will need to pay any difference in cost.
Can I get a refund on my voucher if I don’t want to use it.
No, unfortunately vouchers are sold on a non-refundable basis, unless it is returned within 14 days of purchase. If your flight date is cancelled due to bad weather we will rebook your flight but cannot issue a refund.
Can I cancel or change a booking?
At least 7 days notice is required if you wish to cancel or change a booking, otherwise the booking is forfeited and no recompense is payable. Under certain circumstances the flight can be re-booked upon a payment of £50 cancellation fee.
Can I bring friends and family with me to watch?
The voucher holder has free entry to the museum and you can bring as many people as you want with you. However they will need to come into the Museum at the same time as you to watch you fly but will benefit from a 50% discount on the entry fee. If you have any guests arriving after you, please ask us for an entry code which will allow them the 50% discount. All customers taking a Flight in a Spitfire with us are able to bring one guest free of charge, with the others paying half price.
Are there any discounts available for group bookings?
Yes we usually give a 10% discount to groups of 8 or more
Where is Duxford
The Imperial War Museum at Duxford is 8 miles south of Cambridge, just off Junction 10 of the M11.
Are there facilities for the disabled?
Yes there is good access for the disabled and wheelchairs are available at the Main Entrance. We are also able to offer flights in the Rapide to disabled passengers, depending on the extent of the disability.
What are Duxford’s opening times
In the Summer (March to October) 10.00 am to 6.00 pm In the Winter (all other times) 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. There is a “Fast-Track” entry point for all Classic Wings customers.
Is there a restaurant on site?
Yes, there is a restaurant and a cafe
What can I see at Duxford?
As well as being an airfield, Duxford houses a huge collection of historical aircraft, together with an impressive land warfare exhibition. The collection covers 85 acres and includes such gems as Concorde, the Lancaster, the Blackbird, the Spitfire, the B17 and hundreds more. A visit to Duxford is a day out in itself so leave plenty of time to look around. See their website on www.iwm.org.uk for more information.
Can I fly a Spitfire at Duxford?
Yes you can! We offer flights in a Spitfire, or alternatively you can fly in our Dragon Rapide with the Spitfire flying in formation alongside you.