A must for anyone who enjoys the history of aviation
Expert instruction from a qualified pilot
Take the controls and pilot the plane during your flight
IWM Duxford is Britain's largest living and working aviation museum. Home to classics like Spitfires, a B17, the prototype Concorde and a Lockheed Blackbird, it is the ultimate spot in which to fly a light aircraft. Begin on the ground with a briefing of flying and safety techniques, before climbing aboard a dual-controlled two-seater training plane with a fully qualified instructor. It's then 'chocks away' for a 30 minute flight, during which (at the pilot's discretion) take over the controls and experience the thrill of flying a plane. Once back on the ground you can learn more about the plane you have flown, along with others like it, since the experience also includes free entry into the museum itself.
Operates on Saturday, Sunday and Monday dates during the season from February to October (when flights take place from Duxford).
Maximum height is 6'4''. Maximum weight is 16 stone. There are no age restrictions. Disabled customers are welcome (depending on ability), but personal helpers must be on hand to assist the passenger in and out of the aircraft.
Flying is weather dependent and it is crucial you call the weather line (after 8.30am please) on the day of the flight. If the flight is cancelled because of the weather, it will be re-booked for an alternative date or time.
The flight lasts around 30 minutes from chocks-off to chocks-on. Please arrive 45 minutes before the flight time to be kitted out and briefed.
Numbers on the Day
The briefing may be shared, but only you and your qualified pilot are in the aircraft during the flight. The museum is very popular and can get busy on summer weekends and school holidays.
Visitors are welcome and can get half price entry rates to the museum. Please note that all spectators have to enter the museum to watch any take off. A camera and a pair of binoculars come in handy. Pets are not permitted at the airfield.
Bring sunglasses and tie back long hair.
Flying time can count towards a Private Pilot's Licence (PPL). To qualify for a PPL you need 35 hours of dual control and 10 hours solo flying. MUST take the booking confirmation letter on the day in order to guarantee participation.