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Headcorn Aerodrome

Headcorn Aerodrome is based near Ashford in Kent, and is perfect for those Vintage Flying enthusiasts looking to take to the skies above the South East of England, with both Tiger Moth biplanes and the all time military fighter great that is the Spitfire available to either fly in or alongside from this airfield. All that, plus you can start making your journey towards earning your PPL (Private Pilot's Licence) right here with our 30 Minute Flying Lesson in a fixed wing aeroplane. Find out more information on Headcorn Aerodrome and what flying experiences are available to book there today on the FlyDays website.
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Headcorn Aerodrome
Shenley Rd
Ashford
TN27 9HX

Runway
09/27
Dimensions(m)
1797x40
Surface
Asphalt
TORA(m)
Unlicensed
LDA(m)
Unlicensed
AMSL
618 ft
Restaurant Restaurant
Hangarage Hangarage
Runway True Runways
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Flying Experiences at Headcorn Aerodrome

30 Minute Flying Lesson - Nationwide Venues Experience from flydays.co.uk
30 Minute Flying Lesson - Nationwide Venues
Choose a location from one of the available Nationwide flying clubs to have a 30 minute Flying Lesson. There is no better way to take the first steps ...
£99.00
60 Minute Biplane Flight Experience from flydays.co.uk
60 Minute Biplane Flight
Take to the skies in the ultimate vintage aircraft with a 60 Minute flight in a faithfully restored iconic biplane, available to book at one of a gre ...
£579.00
30 Minute Biplane Flight Experience from flydays.co.uk
30 Minute Biplane Flight
Chocks away, chaps, as you get to take a retrospective flight like no other on a 30 Minute Flight in a stunning and fully restored vintage Biplane at ...
£299.00
15 Minute Biplane Taster Experience from flydays.co.uk
15 Minute Biplane Taster
There’s just something magical about a vintage biplane that modern aircraft just can’t hold a candle to. And if you’ve ever dreamt about flying one, ...
£159.00
60 Minute Biplane Flight for Two in Kent Experience from flydays.co.uk
60 Minute Biplane Flight for Two in Kent
Experience the unforgettable thrill of flying in the Thruxton Jackaroo, a magnificent biplane that offers a unique two-person flight experience. We a ...
£659.00
45 Minute Biplane Flight for Two in Kent Experience from flydays.co.uk
45 Minute Biplane Flight for Two in Kent
Prepare to go chocks away in a biplane with a most unusual name - the Thruxton Jackaroo - on this 45 Minute Biplane Flight for two at Headcorn Aerodr ...
£519.00
30 Minute Biplane Flight for Two in Kent Experience from flydays.co.uk
30 Minute Biplane Flight for Two in Kent
Introducing the Thruxton Jackaroo, a magnificent bi-plane that is available for two-person flights. We are pleased to offer a 30 minute flight experi ...
£359.00
15 Minute Biplane Flight for Two in Kent Experience from flydays.co.uk
15 Minute Biplane Flight for Two in Kent
Vintage biplane fanatics will be in their element with this unique 15 Minute Flight for Two in a Thruxton Jackaroo biplane! Located at Headcorn Aerod ...
£189.00

Flying Experiences in South East

45 Minute City of London Helicopter Tour for Four Experience from flydays.co.uk
45 Minute City of London Helicopter Tour for Four
If you're looking for a unique way to experience London, consider booking a Private Helicopter Tour. This tour is perfect for groups of four and offe ...
£849.00
Top Gun Experience for Two - Saturdays Experience from flydays.co.uk
Top Gun Experience for Two - Saturdays
Will you fly with 'Goose' or 'Iceman' on this Saturday experience for two to fly a 'Top Gun' sortie with a fighter pilot in a military training aircr ...
£1395.00
Top Gun Experience for Two - Weekdays Experience from flydays.co.uk
Top Gun Experience for Two - Weekdays
You'll be 'Maverick' and 'Goose' on this Friday experience for two to fly a 'Top Gun' sortie with a fighter pilot in a military training aircraft. Ta ...
£1195.00
30 Minute Flying Lesson - Nationwide Venues Experience from flydays.co.uk
30 Minute Flying Lesson - Nationwide Venues
Choose a location from one of the available Nationwide flying clubs to have a 30 minute Flying Lesson. There is no better way to take the first steps ...
£99.00
30 Minute Helicopter Lesson - Nationwide Venues Experience from flydays.co.uk
30 Minute Helicopter Lesson - Nationwide Venues
Available nationwide, these 30-minute helicopter flying lessons are available at a whole host of locations and are completely flexible, meaning it is ...
£259.00
Indoor Skydiving for Two - Special Offer Experience from flydays.co.uk
Indoor Skydiving for Two - Special Offer
Looking for an unusual but fun flying experience day for you and a friend, family member or loved one to enjoy together? We think you'll be excited a ...
£139.98
Indoor Skydiving for One - Special Offer Experience from flydays.co.uk
Indoor Skydiving for One - Special Offer
This is your chance to discover the thrills and adrenaline of body-flying on this exciting indoor skydiving experience for one, available to book at ...
£69.99
Extended iFLY Experience Experience from flydays.co.uk
Extended iFLY Experience
If you've ever been on one of our exciting iFLY Indoor Skydiving experiences before - or perhaps you just want to book more time suspended in a verti ...
£99.99

Information About Headcorn Aerodrome

Located deep in the heart of the Kent countryside, and under half an hour's drive outside of Ashford, Headcorn Aerodrome is based near the village and civil parish of Headcorn. It's in close proximity to the M20 motorway, and has a history behind it that goes back over a century.

It was opened on land on Shenley Farm in 1911 by a family that had recently emigrated from Canada. Much to the disgruntlement of the locals, it was expanded to closely resemble the wide open prairies of their homeland.

In 1914, with the outbreak of World War I, it was earmarked and acquired by the Royal Flying Corps for use as a training school. The airfield was then handed back after the war, and reverted to being a working farm, until 1927, when the current owner's great great grandfather bought the farm at auction on the opening (and only bid) of £6000 (around £480k today)!

The youngest son of the man who bought it used it to fly his BE2 bi-wing First World War bomber plane, as he was a pilot. But in 1942, with the arrival of World War II, the farm was once again requisitioned, this time by the Airfields Board, who used rubble from the Blitz to fill in ponds which now form part of what is the runway today.

At this point, the RAF renamed it to RAF Lashenden, which was a deliberate tactic to confuse the enemy - because Lashenden is actually to the south west of the field where Headcorn now is. Over the course of the next three years, numerous squadrons from the Royal Canadian Air Force, the United States 9th Air Force and the (Pioneer Mustang) Fighter Group occupied the airfield, up until its closure with the end of World War II in June 1945.

After WWII, the late parents of the current owners recommenced flying from Headcorn once again in the 1950s, buying a second-hand wartime hangar from Newport Pagnell in 1963 that was taken down and rebuilt at the airfield. As the 1960s and 1970s came and went, aerobatic display teams and parachuting also took place here, and in 1972, Headcorn Flying School was opened.

Fast forward to the present day, and it's quite fitting that the main experiences that are available to book here are well connected with Headcorn's military heritage. Chiefly, a range of Vintage Flying sessions from 15 minutes to 60 minutes, taking flight in iconic biplanes such as the Tiger Moth and the Stampe.

Passenger flights in the legendary Spitfire are also available to book at Headcorn, giving you the chance to fly alongside a fully working and faithfully restored Spitfire in close formation in the clouds high above the world renowned "Garden of England".

And of course, for those looking to start their own aviation journey, there is a 30 Minute Flying Lessons available to book for as little as £99, which will see you learning the basics of flying a 2 seater light aircraft such as a Cessna or Piper. And best of all, the experience from this will also count as the first step towards obtaining your Private Pilot's Licence. So those seeking Flying Experiences in the South East of England - particularly vintage ones - would do well to discover Headcorn Aerodrome!

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