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It’s nearly December, and that means that the annual struggle to think of exciting Christmas gift ideas is once again upon us. If you’re buying for someone who already has everything, why not treat them to some great memories instead? For some inspiration, here’s our pick of some amazing aviation experience days for an unforgettable Christmas gift.

A flying lesson

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Flying Lessons

Ideal for anyone who enjoys jetting off on an airliner on holiday, our hands-on light aircraft flying lessons let them experience a flight in a small aeroplane, such as a Cessna 152 or a Piper Warrior. Time and weather conditions permitting, they’ll get to take the controls and fly the aircraft themselves, as well as enjoying some sightseeing. You never know, they might enjoy it so much that they want to learn to fly – in which case this lesson will count towards the hours they need to get their pilot’s licence.

A day out at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford

tiger moth cockpit

There’s always something fascinating to see at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, and not just among the amazing exhibits in its sprawling hangars (where you’ll find an early Concorde, Spitfires, a Vulcan bomber and much more). It’s very much an active airfield, and in addition to being able to explore aviation history, the lucky recipient of our fantastic Day Out at Duxford voucher will get togged up in a leather flying jacket, helmet and goggles and take to the skies in a vintage Tiger Moth aircraft.

A flight in an airliner of yesteryear

Dragon Rapide

Treat someone special to a nostalgic sightseeing flight on a de Havilland Dragon Rapide, an early airliner seating up to eight passengers. This unique experience takes place at Duxford, and after their flight over the Cambridgeshire skies, they’ll have FREE entry into the Duxford Imperial War Museum – the UK’s largest aviation museum.

An adrenaline rush


Are you looking for a Christmas gift to excite an adrenaline junkie? If so, you can’t do much better than an aerobatic flight. They’ll experience the thrill of loops and rolls on a flight that’s a bit like a rollercoaster ride without the rails. Not for the faint-hearted!

Gliding in the mountains

Gliding in the Mountains

For a more sedate form of flying, gliding fits the bill perfectly. With no engine, all you hear is the sound of the wind whistling, leaving you to enjoy the views in peace. Our glider flights start at just £49, but if you have a slightly bigger budget you could treat them to a mini gliding course in the stunning setting of the Black Mountains in Wales.

Our flying experience vouchers are available as e-vouchers that you can print yourself and slip into their Christmas card, or you can order a physical voucher, which comes in a gold envelope that will look festive under the tree. You can even customise your voucher by including a message – just write your message in the comments box when you place your order. Browse our flight experiences and score some extra brownie points with a fabulously original Christmas gift idea!