The Flight Itself
Arriving at the airfield you will walk airside to the waiting Spitfire, where Ben will carry out the pre-flight checks. These inspections are made before every flight and will be explained as they are undertaken.
Climbing into the cockpit he will help you strap in, then it’s flying helmets on, headsets plugged in and an intercom check before the prestart checks.
After the Spitfire’s 8 cylinder engine is warmed up, there are a few more checks then it’s ‘Chocks away’ and we will taxi out to the runway – and the waiting skies.
Lining up for take-off from the grass airfield, the throttle is then pushed wide open and the Spitfire will quickly climb over the lush Normandy countryside. With undercarriage and flaps retracted we will rapidly climb at over 2500 feet per minute as we bank over to see the first of our historic D Day battle grounds.
During the run up and entire flight, you will be in direct contact with the pilot.