What is the history of the Spitfire?
Our aircraft is a modern manufactured ‘tribute to the Spitfire’ aircraft made by Supermarine Aircraft Ltd and resembles a MK IX. Whilst not an original or wartime Spitfire it embraces the classic lines of that iconic British aircraft.
Our Spitfire fly’s in the colours of 609 (West Riding) Squadron of the RAF and carries (with their permission) the wartime badge of the Squadron depicting two crossed hunting horns with the motto ‘Tally Ho’.
RAF markings, including roundels, are also carried with the permission of the Royal Air Force.
Does the Spitfire have a Merlin engine?
No. The MK 26 is powered by an 8 cylinder aero engine specifically made for this aircraft.
Can I cancel my flight?
Yes – right up to the point where we take off.
Can anyone be a passenger?
Pretty much the answer is yes.
If you are fit enough to drive a car, you do not suffer from any serious medical condition, and you have not got a cold or sinus infection, then your health should be adequate to fly.
Before flying, you will be required to sign a medical declaration regarding your fitness to fly. Please read the medical declaration form carefully before signing as it identifies several medical conditions where medical advice will be required before you can fly. Apart from your physical health, you should also have the mental capacity to remember some straightforward emergency procedures, and a degree of physical strength to execute them. If you are in any doubt, please obtain further medical advice.
You will have to confirm that you are in good health, are not on medication that would hinder normal passenger flight and also the Spitfire has weight and height limitations. When you apply we will confirm you suitability for flight.
How long will the flight take?
From wheels up to wheels down – a minimum of two full hours of flight time. Besides seeing the sights and looking over those elliptical wings with the proud RAF roundels displayed, Ben may perform some of the aerial manoeuvres that so epitomises the fighting spirit of the wartime Spitfire (victory rolls and wing overs) as the Normandy countryside flashes below you.
Is flying in the Spitfire dangerous?
With certain activities, such as flying as an airline passenger one has a legitimate expectation of a very high level of safety. However some adventurous activities, such as parachuting, rock climbing, bungee jumping or motor sport present a higher level of personal risk which participants readily consent to as part of the recreational value of taking part. Flying as a passenger in a Spitfire or other ex-military aircraft is an adventurous activity and comes with an increased level of risk.
Will I be insured in the event of an accident?
We carry insurance covering both pilot and passenger. As this is not a fare paying flight the insurance has a standard limit. Guests could consider adding the flight to their travel insurance and there are several companies who do cover flying in a private aircraft.
Who is the pilot?
Ben is an experienced pilot who purchased a MK 26 Spitfire in 2004. In 2008 he undertook an aerobatic flying course – although he limits flying with a passenger to mainly standard flight manoeuvres.
Who are The Spitfire Manor Experience?
We operate as a small private company that we set up to support and enhance the awareness of the battle of Normandy, celebrate Spitfire’s legacy and to honour the brave men and women who flew, built and serviced this icon of British history in Europes countries darkest hours.
Where else will this Spitfire be seen
Our Mk26 Spitfire will attend air events throughout the year, WWII ceremonies (VE day, June 6th, Arnhem etc) and other displays without cost to the organisers in order to promote awareness and stir the memories of these historic aircraft.
Also ‘The Spitfire Manor Experience’ will make donations to the RAF benevolent fund and other armed forces related charities.