The Silver 2014 Experience
- Fly to the Battle of Britain National Memorial, Capel le Ferne, Folkestone.
- See the giant 80m propeller set on the cliff top.
- 30 minutes flight across Battle of Britain country – 20 minutes with the Spitfire.
- Signed picture as a memento of your day with us.
- Optional hosted ground viewing of the Spitfire is £50 per person.
- Allow at least half a day to enjoy this experience.
- Complimentary entry to the Battle of Britain Museum, Hawkinge.
This experience offers enthusiasts an aerial tour of thirty minutes, of which twenty will be with the Spitfire. You will be greeted by the Action Stations staff at the main reception at Lydd Airport, and having checked in, you will be able to enjoy the atmosphere at one of the most exhilarating flying events in the classic aviation world today. With its’ excellent facilities and viewing areas, you and your family can enjoy the flying of the Spitfire through the day at Lydd. Refreshments are available in the café and the licensed Biggles Bar.
With free parking and disabled access and facilities (Lydd is wheelchair friendly) you can park, relax and enjoy your day with us. You are encouraged to bring family members/ close friends to our events to share your enjoyment of the day. This is a day of celebration for the Spitfire!
You will fly in a Piper Chieftain, which is a twin engined executive aircraft – each passenger has their own luxurious leather seat, positioned next to a large panoramic window from which to view the Spitfire in flight (click here to see the panoramic view from inside the Chieftain). Soon after take-off you will be thrilled to see the Spitfire draw alongside, and marvel at the clear views of this legendary fighter! Now you are flying in the very airspace where some of the most intense aerial battles were fought in ‘the long, hot summer of 1940’. The sight takes your breath away. Flying down the coast you will be moved by the sight of the Spitfire on one side, and the French coast in the distance on the other - merely seven minutes ‘Spitfire time’ away. Imagine yourself as a young pilot at the time – what emotions he must have felt in the moments before he flung his machine into battle. Now in 2014, the sight of Charlie Brown in the Spitfire drawing alongside takes you back to those days – it’s almost as if you are flying in The Battle of Britain!
The Battle of Britain Memorial
The highlight of this tour is to see the wonderful sight of the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel -le-Ferne, near Folkestone. Set in the cliff top this 80 metre propeller, with the statue of the Lone Pilot sitting in the middle is a tribute to The Few who fought so valiantly in the Battle of Britain. As we circle overhead you will enjoy the spectacle of the Spitfire flying with you, and the Memorial as the backdrop – a photographer’s dream shot! We fly in a figure of eight pattern so that passengers on both sides of the aircraft are presented with this magnificent view. Once the aircraft have flown their signature ‘figure of eight’ flight around the Memorial, it’s back to Lydd. The spectacular coastline is the ideal backdrop for the Spitfire - the beaches at Hythe, Dymchurch and Camber show off the camouflage of BM597 to great effect.
Memento of the Day
Once back at Lydd, you will be escorted from your aircraft back to the lounge for the de-brief and presentation of your mounted picture of the Chieftain flying with the Spitfire, signed by Charlie Brown and Steve Burt, the originator of the ‘Fly with a Spitfire’ experiences.
Aircraft Ground Viewing (Optional at extra cost)
During the event the Spitfire requires refuelling and maintenance checks, and at certain times we can showcase her to a number of people to view the aircraft at close quarters, and take those very special close up photographs. The viewings are hosted by an HAC staff member, who will answer all your questions about the aeroplane. These viewings are for 20 minutes, which is plenty of time to get those special shots and ask those burning questions about this iconic aircraft.
Free Entry to Battle of Britain Museum, Hawkinge!
For all those lucky enough to have a valid (on the day) Fly with a Spitfire or Hurricane Experience ticket, this will give you free entry to this excellent museum. Just present your tickets, give your name, and contact details and you’ll gain access to one of the most comprehensive collections of artefacts and memorabilia on the Battle of Britain in the world. It is on the site of the former RAF Hawkinge, one of the frontline fighter airfields in the Battle of Britain. Hawkinge is approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Lydd Airport.
Why not make a weekend out of your visit?
Now you are down here in the Battle of Britain country, as well as flying with us, and having visited the Battle of Britain Museum, you will appreciate visiting the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel - le – Ferne. This is the National Memorial to the Few, and having flown over it on your flight, you will certainly want to go and find out more about the Few and their endeavours, which are remembered at this iconic Memorial. Approximately 15 minutes’ drive from Hawkinge, and entry is free, but please donate generously – it is after all run by volunteers. For those who really can’t get enough time with the Spitfire and Hurricane, let’s point you in the direction of Manston, another ex-Battle of Britain airfield. Here you find two museums – the Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum, and the RAF Manston Museum. Manston is steeped in history – not only were Spitfires and Hurricanes based here, but also the attack on the German battle fleet with six Swordfish aircraft (Operation Fuller) was launched from here. Manston was the airfield from which the Gloster Meteor, the first operational jet fighter with the RAF was first flown on active service. Manston is approximately a 30 minutes’ drive from the Battle of Britain Memorial.
Airfix - the home of sticky fingers!
Still have time for more? Well there is one more treat in store! The Hornby Airfix Centre , near Ramsgate. If like many of us your interest in the Spitfire was initiated through building Airfix kits, then a visit to this excellent place is a must. Not only can you buy all the latest kits and tackle, you can visit the display areas and see kits that have been made properly! There is an excellent café there serving refreshments and lunches - I noticed a good selection of traditional puds on offer on my last visit!
Where else to go and where to stay?
Well we have a list of hotels, pubs and restaurants that are updated each year, and for 2014 we will be updating again in December. However it is safe to say that no matter if you are young or old, single or a couple, mad about the Spitfire - or not, East Kent is a truly magical place to come and stay awhile. Not only is the place itself stunningly beautiful, it enjoys a good climate, excellent pubs and restaurants - Canterbury is a World Heritage Site, and with castles and vineyards aplenty, what more could we entice you with?
My team and I are here to make sure that you have a truly memorable time with us and we welcome the opportunity to help you with your booking and arrangements for your visit.
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