Action Stations staff will greet you both at the main reception at Lydd Airport and accompany you to the FAL Executive Lounge. Here you will be formerly welcomed with a champagne reception hosted by Director of Action Stations, Steve Burt.
Lydd has free parking, disabled access and facilities. With excellent viewing areas, a café and licensed ‘Biggles’ bar we encourage your family and friends to savour the atmosphere and share your day.
We fly our guests in a Chieftain, a twin-engine executive aircraft with luxurious leather seats and clear, non-reflective panoramic windows. There are excellent photo opportunities. Click here to see the view from the Chieftain.
In the Air
Soon after takeoff you will be thrilled as the Spitfire draws alongside. Now you are flying in the very airspace where some of the most intense battles were fought. The sight of the Spitfire being put through its paces takes your breath away and your heart races as you imagine the emotions of the pilots in ‘the long hot summer of 1940’.
This is particularly poignant when the cliff top Battle of Britain Memorial comes into sight: an 80m propeller with the statue of the Lone Pilot placed in the middle. We fly our signature ‘figure of eight’ pattern to ensure all our guests enjoy the magnificent view of the Memorial acting as a backdrop to the Spitfire: a perfect photo opportunity.
The spectacular British coastline enhances the whole experience, with the beaches showing off the camouflage of BM597 to great effect.
The dazzling chalk of the White Cliffs of Dover as a backdrop for the Spitfire is an unforgettable sight. You will be mesmerised.
From the Memorial you then soar along the coast taking in Samphire Hoe, Dover Harbour, Dover Castle and the Twin Sisters aerials – vital for spotting incoming enemy aircraft.
The Spitfire still racing alongside, you fly past the South Foreland lighthouse. The coast unfolds towards Deal, Sandwich and Thanet as we take you all the way to the Thames Estuary, with views of the World Heritage city of Canterbury and its famous Cathedral. The return to Lydd Airport crosses the magical landscapes of the North Kent Downs and Romney Marsh.
After landing you will be escorted back to the lounge and presented with a mounted picture of the Spitfire flying alongside the Chieftain. You have the option for this to be signed by our Spitfire pilot, Charlie Brown.
Private Spitfire Viewing and Meet the Pilot
The Platinum Experience exclusively includes a private viewing for you both with the other passenger on the aircraft. In addition, our vastly experienced and knowledgeable pilot, Charlie Brown, will accompany you, answering questions and discussing aspects of the aircraft. He will also be available for photographs, should you wish. There are opportunities to take close-up photographs or simply enjoy the proximity of this iconic craft.
Battle of Britain Memorial
We cordially invite our Platinum Plus guests to meet Director Steve Burt at the Memorial for a one hour conducted tour. During the Battle of Britain, over 3000 men fought in the airspace in which you will have just flown with BM597 and Charlie. Over 500 lost their lives. This visit, the re-telling of some of pilots’ stories and a final refreshing cup of tea together, is often felt an appropriate ending to our day.
Battle of Britain Museum
This excellent museum is a 30-minute drive from Lydd. Present your Experience Ticket (date must be same day) and contact details to gain access to a comprehensive collection of artefacts and memorabilia about the Battle of Britain. A perfect way to enhance your special day.
Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne
Hornby Airfix Museum at Ramsgate
We appreciate that many of our customers have travelled a long distance to visit. Please contact us for information on local hotels, pubs, restaurants and East Kent attractions.