What is a Spitfire?
The Spitfire needs little introduction, but put simply, it is one of the most recognisable British aircraft of all time. They were the Royal Air Force’s signature interceptor aircraft during World War II, used both here in Britain and in other Allied countries.
It was also the only aircraft that was in uninterrupted production throughout the Battle of Britain, with many variants and iterations produced with differing wing configurations, making it one of the most produced aircraft in British aviation history at that time, with over 20,000 units produced between 1938 and 1948.
The Spitfire is a single seat fighter aircraft, and was designed by R.J. Mitchell, then head of design at Supermarine Aviation Works, in 1928. Reaching speeds of up to 582 km/h, the Spitfire played a vital role in helping Britain during the Second World War.
For even though the common consensus was that the Hawker Hurricanes were far greater in number, the Spitfires were much faster than their contemporaries, as well as marking a much lower attrition rate and a higher victory-to-loss ratio because of its performance capabilities.
However, interception wasn’t the only role that Spitfires played, even after the war ended in 1945. They were also used for photo-reconnaissance, fighter and trainer purposes until as late as the 1950s.
Spitfires have a loyal and dedicated following, amongst both aviation and World War II enthusiasts. It is believed that about 60 Spitfires are still in good flying order, whilst others are on display in various museums and exhibitions around the world.
They have also been the subject of numerous books, media, art and even some restored and replica models. All of this adds up to a very special aircraft that is steeped in heritage.
What Happens on a Spitfire Experience?
A Spitfire experience is a flying experience like no other. We have put together a superb range of Spitfire flights and flying experiences to give you the chance to take to the skies in one of Britain's most famous and historical planes.
Flying in a Spitfire is a once in a lifetime opportunity. You will be able to get into the historical aircraft, seeing these mesmerising planes up close, and getting an understanding of what it was like to be a fighter pilot during the Second World War.
You will be flown over your chosen location, not only getting a stunning view of the world below but also coming to grips with the sensation buzz and thrill of what it is like to be in such a powerful plane.
Despite being over 70 years old, you will be astonished at how agile and fast this plane is. A Spitfire experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity; something to remember forever.
Where Can I Fly a Spitfire?
Finding a Spitfire Flight experience is closer to you than you may think. Rather suitably, it tends to be our airfields and airports with links to World War II that are the best place to experience flying them from.
This includes Robin Hood Airport in South Yorkshire, which of course is in close proximity to the Peak District National Park, the place where the Dambusters were famously trained up for their successful operation against German dams during WWII.
Or there’s London Ashford Airport, which despite its name, is actually on the south coast of Kent, overlooking the English Channel, the very same shorelines that squadrons were moved from for the D-Day landings at Normandy in June 1944.
Further north again, Liverpool John Lennon Airport was once an RAF base, known as RAF Speke, which was the site of a famous defeat in 1940 of a German Junker 88 plane by a British fighter aircraft in the fastest air combat attacks in the Battle of Britain.
Booking a Spitfire Flying Experience
Whether it’s to treat yourself or surprise a devoted Spitfire fan in your life, our Spitfire Flights and Flying Experiences are so easy to book here on FlyDays. Our open gift voucher makes a wonderful gift idea that can also be gift wrapped for additional fees for a personal touch.
They also offer better flexibility to go at a later time to suit you. But not to worry if you’ve got a forthcoming available date in mind, because you can also book directly onto this using our regularly updated Events calendar.