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Castle Ashby Pleasure Flight

  • Flight in a vintage RAF de Havilland Devon over Castle Ashby House
  • 20 minute experience over beautiful Northamptonshire scenery
  • Unique views of Castle Ashby House
  • Large window per guest for superb photo opportunities
  • Fly from Sywell Aerodrome in Northampton
  • Family welcome – excellent viewing of the runway and aircraft
  • FREE car park and picnic area, FREE museum, two restaurants, kids play area
  • Buy a Pleasure Flight for yourself or a loved one as a gift
  • Fly on any Pleasure Flight date listed on our DATES page
  • We process your order, you get an email voucher, then call us to book a date

  • Description

    Castle Ashby Flight Itinerary

    Aero Legends staff greet you at the Aero Legends main reception and proceed with your check-in. Sywell Aerodrome has free parking and good facilities. We encourage your family and friends to savour the atmosphere and share your day in the extensive viewing areas, cafe, bar and the fascinating Sywell Aviation Museum. You could consider a night at the superb 54 room Aviator Hotel with restaurant and bar, situated just a walk away from the event, within the airport.

    Your Aircraft
    We fly our Castle Ashby Pleasure Flight guests in an ex-RAF 1946 de Havilland Devon, famously used by Air Chief Marshall Sir Basil Embry as his personal transport during his time as Commander Of Allied Forces, Central Europe. In 1985 the aircraft joined the Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) at RAF Coningsby, where the aircraft was used as a crew transport in support of the BBMF Lancaster, Spitfires and Hurricanes. The Devon and its non-military sister the Dove were exceptionally successful, proving reliable and economical in service. They became one of the best selling British aircraft of the 1950's. The Devon is a comfortable aircraft inside, with roomy seats and large panoramic windows. There are excellent photo opportunities.

    In the Air
    We will fly you across beautiful Northamptonshire to magical Castle Ashby and the surrounding countryside. You will have a breathtaking view of Castle Ashby House, nestled amongst 35 acres of extensive gardens. The Elizabethan/Jacobean house with a serpentine park dates from 1574 and was created by the Earl of Northampton. Queen Elizabeth I's first visit to the house was in 1600.
    The purring Gipsy Queen piston engines and comfortable interior are a throwback to the golden years of British aviation. Visitors to Castle Ashby House will watch you from below as you circle above with the best view possible.