The graceful Spitfire fighter plane has got to be one of Britain’s best-loved planes. A true hero of the Battle of Britain (along with the likes of the Hurricane and the Lancaster Bomber) the Spitfire epitomises the bravery of those who fought for their country. Out of hundreds built, several are still flying and delighting crowds at airshows every year. Of course, being single-seaters there’s no room for passengers in Spitfires, but there are ways of getting up close to these wonderful flying machines…
Joining a Spitfire flight in a helicopter as Spitfire flights are 30ft away from you is a totally unique and privileged way to see the glory of the Spitfire in flight. Imagine being airborne in the executive helicopter when suddenly you hear the unmistakable roar of the Merlin engine and the stunning Spitfire flies up alongside you. You’ll have plenty of time to take photos as the Spitfire stays in level flight with you.
The full VIP Spitfire experience is the ultimate gift for aviation fans, as not only do you get to fly alongside the Spitfire, you will also enjoy a private flying display from the World War two aeroplane. Truly superb and a real once in a lifetime thing to do.
The flying season for these planes is generally from Spring to Autumn, so timing is key when it comes to organising your Spitfire flying dates for 2012. If you choose September, you might be lucky enough to be able to take part in the 72nd Battle of Britain anniversary event which will of course, feature this magnificent aircraft, plus the likes of the Hurricane too.
To give you and idea of what the experience would be like, there are some short, but very well edited video clips available on the site. As you’ll see, you have an incredible view right into the cockpit of the plane as you look down – and there are not many people who can say they have done that!
More details on the Supermarine Spitfire flying experience can be found on this site set up by enthusiasts who love the Spitfire as much as we do. As you can see, the event takes place around Kent coastline from Manston airfield, itself a former RAF airfield that played a significant role in the Second World War. The site also features some great photos of the day for you to browse.
The Spitfire Society is a registered charity that was set up by former Spitfire pilot Group Captain David Green in 1984, with the initial aim of reuniting and linking people around the world whose lives have somehow been touched by the famous World War Two fighter plane. The society publishes a regular journal and the team hosts and promotes various events throughout the year.
We highly recommend this website for anyone who wants to find out more information on the background to this wonderful plane, with detailed photos, videos, news, events and keep up to date for you to read about.