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F3 Tornado Experience for One - Cheshire

F3 Tornado Experience for One - Cheshire

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Minimum Age: 13 years

About the experience

Get ready to don your flying gear and embark on an exhilarating adventure at the Tornado Heritage Centre, nestled near Chester. The Centre boasts a fully restored and pristine Panavia F3 Tornado, with serial code ZE966 and the call sign VT, retired from service in 2007 after gracing the skies since 1990. This remarkable aircraft played an active role during the Gulf war, soaring through the skies on long-duration combat air patrols (CAPs), often in tandem with the Boeing E3D Sentry. Designed to safeguard UK airspace, this Tornado was formidable force capable of engaging multiple targets simultaneously. With a range extending over 300 nautical miles from its base, it could patrol for more than three hours without faltering. But the magic doesn't stop there; visitors to the Heritage Centre are granted exclusive access to this legendary aircraft and the passionate individuals who maintain its legacy. Immerse yourself in the ambiance of an authentic RAF squadron building as you slip into genuine flying suits. A cockpit tour of the Tornado promises an up-close encounter with aviation history, offering insights into its operational intricacies. But the real thrill awaits as you step into the Tornado flight simulator, a rare gem in the aviation world. Used for practicing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and replicating cockpit conditions, this simulator provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the adrenaline of piloting an F3 Tornado. It's the only working example of its kind in existence, making your journey back in time all the more extraordinary. Don't miss out on this chance to fulfil your dreams of being a Tornado pilot. Book your adventure today and prepare to be whisked away on a flight of nostalgia and excitement!

  • Sit in an ex-RAF F3 Tornado at this Heritage Centre near Chester
  • Guided tour of the aircraft and actually sit in the cockpit
  • Experience training in the Tornado Procedures Trainer Sim
  • An unmissable experience for aviation fans

  • A warm welcome, registration, and safety briefing
  • Tornado video presentation
  • Educational lecture on flying clothing and ejection seat/survival equipment
  • Introduction and tour of the F3 Tornado, as well as access to the cockpit
  • A 25 minute session in the Simulator with circuits and approaches at RAF Leuchars 
  • Genuine RAF flying suits and gloves are provided for use


  • Minimum age 13
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by a participating or spectating adult
  • Participants must be physically able to enter the cockpit and simulator and be able to operate the controls

  • Selected Saturdays and Sundays from May to September
  • Morning and afternoon sessions available 
  • It is recommended to book well in advance due to popularity

Minimum Age: 13 years

  • Spectators are welcome to come along for an additional charge of £5pp with a maximum of three permitted.

  • Refreshments can be purchased from the onsite 'Chocks Away Diner'


  • Flintshire
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