Fly With A Spitfire Experience

Birthday gift? Retirement gift? Christmas gift? If there is someone special you know who has a passion for the Spitfire - our flights with this legendary aircraft are perfect for you. Our Fly With A Spitfire experiences some call aerial artistry - others flying theatre. When our Spitfire TD314 St George comes into view, flying within waving distance, it’s as if you are in a dream – the grace and pace of the Spitfire as she manoeuvres around you is breath taking. Air to air photo shoots like this don’t get any better! Take your Fly With A Spitfire experience from Headcorn Aerodrome, Kent (former RAF Lashenden) or from Sywell Aerodrome, Northants.  

Meet The Spitfire Pilots >

Flt Lt Antony Parkinson MBE

Flt Lt Antony Parkinson MBE, known as Parky, joined the RAF at the age of 18. He became the first pilot to gain 1000 hours flying the Euro Fighter Typhoon and has also flown over 1000 hours on the F4 Phantom and the Tornado F3 for which he was the display pilot in 2000 before joining the Red Arrows for the 2001 to 2004 seasons flying the Hawk. Parky also flew the F16 for 3 years with the Royal Netherlands Air Force and has over 6500 flying hours in total. Parky has been flying with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight since 2007 as the Operations Officer and one of the fighter pilots. Flt Lt Antony Parkinson was awarded an MBE in recognition for his work on the Typhoon and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Parky is now the Main Pilot for all Spitfire Operations with Aero Legends.

Fly In A Spitfire Experience

Our Fly In A Spitfire experience is a thrilling CAA approved WW2 flight experience of a lifetime in a rare two-seater T9 Spitfire. A highly experienced Spitfire pilot will guide you through this unforgettable Spitfire flying experience. This flight experience is the most affordable 'Fly In A Spitfire' option in the UK - book now for 2017 and 2018 flights. Take your Fly In A Spitfire experience from Headcorn Aerodrome, Kent (former RAF Lashenden) or from Sywell Aerodrome, Northants. Why not prepare for take off and take our interactive Spitfire Cockpit tour HERE.

Flt Lt Charlie Brown

Flt Lt Charlie Brown joined the RAF in 1981 and in his 30 year flying career as an RAF pilot has flown the Tornado GR1, Jet Provost, Chipmunk, Bulldog, Tucano, Firefly and Tutor. Charlie is currently stationed at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire and is a member of the Central Flying School Examining Wing. In his spare time he is also the Chief Flying Instructor at the RAF Cranwell Flying Club. In 2014 Charlie reached 1000 flying hours in Spitfires, which he described as 'a real privilege'. For many years he has been a regular participant at Duxford air shows. He is a highly experienced Spitfire display pilot. Charlie is now the Head of Training with Aero Legends.
Aero Legends has linked up with the Battle Of Britain Memorial Trust for a number of new initiatives for those who pay a visit the Memorial this year. Representatives from the Battle of Memorial Trust joined VIPs at the unveiling of the new Aero Legends two-seater Spitfire NH341 which is expected to become another Aero Legends regular visitor this year to the skies above the stunning Memorial and Museum at Capel-le-Ferne. On March 11th 2017, Jules Gomez, who manages The Wing and the Battle of Britain Memorial site, was joined by staff member Paul Oram and long-standing volunteer Brenda Halls at the inaugural flight of Spitfire NH341 (DB-E). The photo shows Brenda, Jules and Paul with “Parky” (second from right) in front of NH341. “It was a fantastic day and a great experience,” said Jules. “Our thanks to Aero Legends for the invitation and for the joint initiatives they are setting up with us here at Capel.”
I just wanted to email you, to thank you for a fantastic day yesterday. Everyone at Aero Legends was really friendly, helpful and attentive throughout the day, and Parky was an absolute pleasure to talk to. All 3 of us were blown away by it, which surpassed our expectations…….a truly fantastic experience and a memory all 3 of us will treasure, particularly having the experience together.
Fly With A Spitfire – Chris, John & John Read

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It with the heaviest of hearts and the greatest sadness that we inform you of the passing of Flt Lt Rodney Scrase DFC. Rodney passed peacefully away yesterday evening with his family at his side.

Rodney Scrase DFC flew Spitfires with No 72 and No 1 Squadrons. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1944. When he was released from service he had taken part in invasions of North Africa, Sicily, and Italy, as well as being an instructor of air to air gunnery in Egypt. He finished the war-flying escort missions with No 1 Squadron from Manston Airfield.

We had the pleasure of meeting Rodney on numerous occasions, including flying him in our de Havilland Devon with Flt Lt Antony Parkinson two years ago. Goodbye and godspeed, you go with our eternal gratitude.
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Rest easy, Rodney...and, thank you.

Thank you Rodney👍

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PART 4: ‘Parky’ in his own words. By Nick Oram.

Following his recent retirement from the RAF and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Flt Lt Antony Parkinson MBE, or ‘Parky’ as he is universally known, joined Aero Legends in the autumn as our main Spitfire Pilot. In preparing this Q&A article with Parky my challenge was to try to condense his remarkable RAF career into a short piece. And so, the phrase ‘always leave your audience wanting more’ seemed appropriate.

Customers flying in, or alongside our Spitfires with Parky, or Flt Lt Charlie Brown, have a real opportunity to see two masters of their craft putting the iconic Spitfire through its paces. As one customer remarked, and we agree; “you can never get bored of that!”

Why did you decide to join the RAF Parky?

I genuinely can't remember when I first decided to join the RAF! From a young age I'd always been in to making model aircraft and watching the big war movies of the time which must have sowed the seed.

Who has been your greatest influence in life?

My late grandfather, Horace 'Rayce' Parkinson was a WW1 pilot then flying instructor. He converted to the RAF when it was formed on 1st April 1918. He died when I was very little, but I have kept his RAF wings in my No1 jacket pocket throughout my career.

What have been your RAF highlights?

I have been so enormously lucky with my flying career. So many highlights but getting selected to fly the F16 on exchange, display the Tornado F3 and 4 seasons with the Red Arrows are right up there. But the ultimate highlight has been my time on BBMF and Aero Legends flying the wonderful Spitfire.

What is your favourite Spitfire?

BBMF's Spitfire IIa P7350. She flew in the RAF's greatest battle honour, the Battle of Britain, and is a delight to fly. But Aero Legends two Spitfires TD314 and NH341 are both fabulous machines!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I'd like to be flying with Aero Legends for as long as possible. I get immense pleasure introducing people to the wonders of Spitfire flying!

I recently met Geoffrey Wellum DFC – and you rang!?

A very strange coincidence as I wrote this knowing you were with Geoffrey Wellum DFC! And that I'd phoned Geoff that morning for a quick chat! The youngest Battle of Britain pilot and author of ‘First Light’ - in my opinion the greatest aviation book ever written (still available folks – get a copy).

I've been so fortunate to get to know Geoffrey over the last decade and see his humility, charm and humour at first hand. Learning more about the characters on 92 Squadron and his time in the RAF after the war are a few of the moments I will treasure forever. I'm sure there's another book there!

Join Parky in a Spitfire, or try one of our other flight experiences in 2018. See or call the team on 01622 812830.

KEEP LIKING US! Coming soon. Find out more about the war time history of Headcorn Aerodrome (Official).
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