Standby Spitfire Tour Headcorn – Itinerary
Aero Legends staff greet you at the Aero Legends 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 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
Soon after take-off 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’.
The Standby Spitfire Tour Headcorn backdrop is Leeds Castle and the surrounding countryside OR the Battle Of Britain Memorial and coastline OR the Battle Of Britain Memorial and coastline as far as the White Cliffs Of Dover. You may be offered any one of those destinations on a Standby ticket – you can refuse an experience offer up to three times, after which your ticket will no longer be valid.
During the event the Spitfire requires refuelling and maintenance checks, and at that time we can showcase her to our flying guests who wish to view the aircraft at close quarters, and take those very special close up photographs. The viewings are hosted by staff members, who will answer all your questions about this iconic aeroplane.