Spitfire 80th Anniversary Weekend

On Saturday 5 March 2016 Aero Legends will be marking eighty years since the first flight of the Spitfire. The Spitfire 80th Anniversary Weekend of celebration at Sywell Aerodrome is to commemorate this momentous day in modern aviation history when a prototype Supermarine Spitfire first took to the skies on 5th March 1936.

In February 1936, the Spitfire prototype K5054 had its first engine runs at the Supermarine Aviation Works, Woolston, Southampton before it was dismantled and transported to Eastleigh airfield, where its was reassembled. On the afternoon of 5th March 1936 the prototype Type 300 Spitfire, bearing the serial number K5054 flew for the first time, piloted by Vickers chief test pilot, Capt. J. 'Mutt' Summers. Upon landing 'Mutt' was famously quoted as saying "I don't want anything touched". No major problems were identified and, although many months of testing and alterations lay ahead, the Spitfire had made a successful first flight.

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Aero Legends acquire Action Stations and deliver the best Vintage Flight With A Spitfire experience possible

Aero Legends Ltd has now acquired the Go Action Stations brand and launches the UK's first vintage RAF fly alongside a Spitfire experience. The first Aero Legends/Action Stations combined event took place on the 26th September 2015.

Passengers waiting to fly alongside a Spitfire were pleasantly surprised to be flying in an ex-RAF and BBMF de Havilland Devon vintage aircraft of the same era as the Spitfire. The Devon’s large panoramic windows enabled the best photographic opportunities ever seen on a fly alongside experience. The commercial passenger version of the Devon, named the Dove, was Britain's first successful post-war civil aircraft. Operating the de Havilland Devon and the Spitfire from the historic WWII Airfield known as RAF Lashenden (now known as Headcorn Aerodrome) provided the perfect backdrop for this event.

Passengers flew in authentic Battle of Britain airspace over some iconic land marks which included, Leeds Castle, Dover Castle, the Battle of Britain Memorial and the White Cliffs of Dover Coastline.

Action Stations and Aero Legends are now taking bookings for their 2016 Vintage Fly With A Spitfire events.

Give the Gift of a ‘Spitfire Smile’

For over five years now we have flown over four thousand Spitfire and Hurricane enthusiasts from all over the world. Many still contact us and remark how memorable and enjoyable their flight was with these classic fighters. Even their beautiful photographs are often surpassed by the vivid memories they recall of that very special day.

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Frequent Flier? Read about our new Loyalty Offers!

2015 is the fifth anniversary of Action Stations – in our first full year of flying in 2010, we flew 175 people, and this confirmed in my mind at least, our flights with the Spitfire had tremendous potential and others would follow in my early customers footsteps. Now, with over 4,000 customers flown, fortunately I was right.

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