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Beachy Head Spitfire Experience

Beachy Head Spitfire Experience

Product ID: 11704
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London Biggin Hill Airport
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Minimum Age: 18 years

Maximum Weight: 108.00 kg

About the experience

Thanks to the crucial role it played in the Battle of Britain during WWII, it is undeniable how the Spitfire has continued to be held in such high esteem amongst vintage flying enthusiasts of all ages, and this unique flying experience will offer you the once in a lifetime opportunity to take flight in a Spitfire over a stretch of the Kent coastline known as Beachy Head. Understandably, given the age of the Spitfire and how many are still in working, airworthy condition - a number that is sadly declining with the advancing of time - it makes this flying experience one that you won't get to do everyday, and truly one to treasure the memories of. And your experience will certainly be an evocative one, as it starts and ends at Biggin Hill Airport, one of the most recognisable and well known Spitfire bases during WWII. You'll head south from there towards the coastline, to Beachy Head, situated on a peninsula between Brighton and Bexhill, poignantly marked by an RAF Bomber Command Memorial, in recognition of this area being an outbound route for the airmen of RAF Bomber Command when heading to fight the enemy in the skies. As the memorial movingly reminds you: "For many, Beachy Head would have been their last sight of England. Remember them." You'll feel a whole mixture of emotions on this unforgettable flight, which is why this the ultimate experience for Spitfire lovers to book onto.

  • Fly over Beachy Head
  • Chance to take the controls during your flight
  • Includes video, certificate and factory tour

'Beachy Head' Spitfire Flight

  • A 45 minute flight experience in the rear seat of a combat veteran MKIX Two Seater Spitfire (10 Minutes for preparation, taxiing and pre-flight checks and approximately 35 minutes airborne)

All Spitfire experiences include:

  • A detailed pre-flight briefing covering the aircraft, equipment and in flight safety procedures
  • Approximately 10 minutes for preparation, taxiing and pre-flight safety checks
  • Tour of the Spitfire Factory for the pilot and up to four guests
  • Unlimited guest spaces, giving you access to the garden area, viewing platform and 1940's style dispersal lounge
  • Q+A session with the hangar team with close up access to the aircraft being restored
  • Take off from Ex RAF Spitfire Station Biggin Hill and fly over Kent's 'Battle of Britain Country'
  • Feel and experience the effects of your hands on the controls (at the pilot's discretion)
  • All flights include the opportunity to do Victory Rolls and other manoeuvres
  • Hear radio commentary from your pilot, air traffic control and ground crew
  • In-flight video recording of the flight on SD card
  • Flight debrief and opportunity to take photographs with the aircraft
  • Souvenir flight certificate, flight suit patch and pilot notes to take home
  • Helmet, flight suit and parachute are provided for the flight
  • Allow spending up to four hours at the venue


  • Flying in a Spitfire carries certain elements of risk which will be clearly explained prior to your flight, on the day you'll also be shown a detailed video explaining these risks, if you decide not to proceed or cannot fit safely inside the cockpit you can exchange your experience or request a refund
  • Minimum age is 18
  • There's no maximum age limit however you need to be healthy and agile enough to climb into the aircraft and safely experience the dynamic nature of the flight - if you have any concerns over your suitability you should consult your GP
  • You should not participate if you are on prescription medication, suffering from a cold, are pregnant or suffering from any condition affecting your breathing or consciousness
  • A maximum weight limit of 108 kilos (238 lb) applies and you will be weighed on the day
  • The aircraft can usually accommodate passengers up to 6'6"
  • Passengers dimensions must allow unrestricted movement of the control column
  • The operator reserves the right to refuse the flight if for any reason they feel you are unsuitable to participate
  • Please do not drink alcohol prior to the flight

  • Up to 4 guests can accompany you on your Spitfire Factory tour and observe the engine start up and shut down of the aircraft
  • Additional Tour spaces can be booked in advance or on the day for £49 per person
  • Unlimited guest spaces, giving you access to the garden area, viewing platform and 1940's style dispersal lounge
  • Sorry - no pets allowed

Minimum Age: 18 years

Maximum Weight: 108.00 kg

  • Flights generally operate 7 days a week all year round
  • Sessions usually run at 08.00, 10.00 and 12.00 with later flights also available in the summer months
  • All Flights and routes are subject to weather conditions, aircraft serviceability and air traffic
  • MK IX 2 Seater Spitfire MJ627 / G-BMSB is normally used for flights however the operator reserves the right to use other two seat Spitfires

  • This activity is fully approved by the CAA as a flight experience
  • You can extend the duration of your flight or add a formation chase plane directly with the operator, additional charges will apply
  • Hand held cameras are not permitted however on-board video recordings of the flight are taken (content of video recordings cannot be guaranteed)
  • You and your guests may be joining a small group of other VIP visitors on the day
  • Pre flight briefings are usually delivered as part of a small group, all flights are conducted exclusively 1:1
  • You should wear clothing suitable for fitting beneath a flight suit and sturdy footwear e.g. boots or training shoes, leather soled shoes are not suitable
  • Biggin Hill is also home to St Georges RAF Chapel of Remembrance, entrance is free and makes a fantastic addition to your day (opening times vary)
  • Additional bespoke flight options can be arranged e.g. another guest flying alongside in formation with the Spitfire or exclusive celebrations or corporate events. Please contact us with your requirements

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