Goodwood Aerodrome's origins can be traced back to land on the Goodwood estate in West Sussex, which was donated by the then Duke of Richmond, Freddie March - himself an amateur racer and aircraft engineer - to aid with Britain's military efforts in World War II.
Active as RAF Westhampnett from 1940 to 1946, used by both the Royal Air Force as well as the US Army Air Forces. It was also where Douglas Bader made his final wartime flight from, during which he was forced to abandon his Spitfire which had been struck somewhere above Northern France. A bronze statue stands in tribute to him on the airfield site to this day.
Following the end of WWII, the airfield was handed back to the Goodwood estate, and in 1948, March hosted Britain's first post-war motor racing at a permanent venue - which as we all know, still continues to this day at the nearby Goodwood Motor Circuit.
These days, where aviation is concerned, Goodwood Aerodrome boasts a lively Flying School, and for our Flying Experiences in the South East of England, it's where a series of special Top Gun themed Aerobatic Flights packages are available to book on selected weekdays and Saturdays.
Those who have always fancied themselves emulating the high octane on-screen antics of Tom Cruise's much loved character in either the original 80s classic blockbuster, or the recent Top Gun: Maverick sequel that hit cinemas last year, will love getting the opportunity to fly in the Firefly T67.
In this military training aircraft, you'll be in both an aerial dogfight, and experiencing the effects of aircraft controls and aerobatic manoeuvres to perform air combat against your opponent. All in all, it's an airborne experience that is definitely for those who feel the need for speed!