Leeds Castle Spitfire And Hurricane Dual Fighter Experience
After making your entrance into our original WW2 Dispersal hut, Aero Legends staff greet you at the main reception and proceed with your check-in. Headcorn Aerodrome has free parking and good facilities. With excellent viewing areas alongside the grass runway, a café and licensed ‘Wings’ bar, we encourage your family and friends to savour the atmosphere and share your day.
We fly our Leeds Castle Spitfire And Hurricane Dual Fighter Experience guests in an ex-RAF 1946 de Havilland Devon (Subject to serviceability on the event day), 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 of both the Spitfire and Hurricane.
Flying in formation will be Spitfire TD314 (Subject to serviceability on the event day). Built at Castle Bromwich in late 1944 and fitted with a Merlin 70 as a High Level Fighter (HFIXE). She was one of the last high back Spitfires built as the production line switched to low back aircraft in February of 1945. She was delivered to 33 MU at Lyneham on 30th March 1945, transferring later that month to 30 MU before a further move to 6 MU where she was prepared for service with 183 (Gold Coast) Squadron at Chilbolton on the 24th June 1945. TD314 moved to 234 (Madras Presidency) Squadron at Bentwaters on 26th July 1945, it is in these squadrons colours that she is currently finished with the squadron codes of FX-P. Whilst with 234 squadron it is possible that TD314 took part in the 1945 Battle of Britain flypast over London. Acquired by Aero Legends TD314 has been named “St. George” which is prominently displayed on the fuselage.
Also flying in formation will be the Battle of Britain Veteran Hurricane P3717 (Subject to serviceability on the event day). Built in 1940 as one of 544 Hurricanes built as part of the 3rd production batch. She was delivered to 253 Squadron at Kirton in Lindsey on the 13th of July 1940 and was flown by Pilot Officer W M C Samolinski. The unit then transferred to its new base of operations, RAF Kenley, on the 29th August 1940. P3717’s Battle of Britain was brief. After landing and refuelling at Kenley on the 29th the aircraft of 253 were scrambled at 16.00 for a standing patrol. This however proved uneventful. 10.50 am the following day saw a squadron scramble to counter the 3 incoming waves of Albert Kesselring’s Luftflotte 2. Samolinski and P3717 were in the thick of the action and a running fight developed across the south of England. This culminated in Samolinksi and P3717 being credited with the destruction of a Bf110 over Redhill in Surrey. P3717 however was so badly damaged in this action that she had to be returned to Hawkers for significant repairs. The rework at Hawkers saw her rebuilt to Mk2 configuration and sent to Russia. Owned by Hugh Taylor and operated by Bygone Aviation Ltd.
The Aircraft In The Air
Soon after take-off you will be thrilled as the Spitfire and Hurricane draw alongside. Now you are flying in the very airspace where some of the most intense battles were fought. The sight of the Spitfire and Hurricane being put through their paces takes your breath away and your heart races as you imagine the emotions of the pilots in ‘the long hot summer of 1940’. The backdrop is Leeds Castle and the surrounding countryside. You will have a breathtaking vision of Leeds Castle, rising majestically from the moat as it has done for over 900 years.
After each flight our passengers have the opportunity to walk from their aircraft to view the iconic aircraft at close quarters, and take those very special close up photographs. Each passenger will receive an aircraft squadron print, which you can ask the pilot to sign if you wish.
Terms & Conditions
Flights can take place in both fixed wing and rotary aircraft, and we reserve the right to use one type or the other for the purposes of providing our customers with a photographic platform from which to view, observe, photograph or film the accompanied aircraft. We reserve the right to deliver your flight with any Spitfire or Hurricane, in any authorised passenger aircraft suitable and serviceable for the purpose on your event date, to any location should weather or circumstances not permit flight to your chosen destination. For a full list of Terms & Conditions Tours Terms-and-Conditions, Cancellation Terms-and-Conditions, General Terms-and-Conditions