Love the roar of a Spitfire flying over head, the sight of a biplane or are you a massive World War enthusiast? Then Duxford Airfield is the place to visit! Get up close to some of the most distinct wartime flying machines, even have a flight in one!
Duxford Airfield is home to both the Imperial War Museum and American Air Museum, hosting some of the ultimate iconic aeroplanes in the country. Therefore it is definitely one of the most exciting places for you or your loved ones to take to the skies! Choose between a classic 1930’s open cockpit Tiger Moth or the pre-war airliner, Dragon Rapide.
Dragon Rapide Flight Cambridge£99.00 – £399.00
Tiger Moth Flight Experience at Duxford, Cambridgeshire£169.00 – £299.00
Relive history as you experience the thrill of flying in a real vintage bi-plane. Choose between an original De Havilland Tiger Moth or the stunning pre-war airliner, Dragon Rapide. Taking off from former RAF Duxford, you’ll travel north and explore the sights of Cambridgeshire. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Spires of Cambridge University, the twists of the River Cam and the stunning sights of the Gothic architecture of Ely Cathedral.
The Tiger Moth is a 1930’s open cockpit biplane mainly used as a primary trainer for RAF cadets and occasionally as a light bomber during the Second World War.
Now used for civil operations with private owners and flying clubs. The Tiger Moth is a fabulous plane to experience the open cockpit feel with the wind in your hair.
The De Havilland Dragon Rapide was one of Britain’s first short-haul airliner accommodating 8 seats.
In 1934, it became popular with the airliners and private civil operators being used to link customers between London, the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Many times, the Dragon Rapide was used as an Air Ambulance.
This aircraft will really take you back in time and experience aviation as it was.
One of Air Experiences favourite quotes:
‘Everybody who has ever flown in a Tiger Moth has fallen in love with it’ – Roald Dahl, Going Solo.
FREE entry to the Imperial War Museum
Along with your flight at Duxford, you will also get FREE entry into the Imperial War Museum. On top of that, your friends and family will receive half price entry.
The IWM Duxford is the biggest premier Air Museum in Europe, housing every type of historic aircraft from the First World War to present, both civil and military. These including Concorde, The Submarine Spitfire, The hurricane and The Vulcan. Many of which are in flying condition.
We highly recommend you set a whole day aside for your visit and bring comfy shoes as there is so much to see. With plenty of restaurants, bars and ice creams available and views of the airfield – what better place to watch classic warbirds fly whilst you’re having your lunch!
History of Duxford Airfield
Duxford Aerodrome was built in 1917 by German prisoners-of-war and became one of the earliest RAF stations established.
RAF Duxford remained fully operational after the First World War as a training base before coming fully active again during WWII. You would had seen over 60 spitfires and hurricanes take to the skies everyday to deter the Luffwaffe from the UK shores.
Today, former RAF Duxford is owned by the Imperial War Museum. It is site to the Imperial War Museum Duxford, and the American Air Museum. It also houses The Fighter Collection and the Historic Aircraft Collection (two private operators of airworthy vintage military aircraft). Whilst you explore, keep an eye out for the SR71 Blackbird, B-52 Stratofortress, plus tons and tons more!
If you would like to discover more about Duxford’s history click here.
How to find Duxford airfield?
Just a stones throw away from Cambridge via the M11 and Stevenage via the A505, this classic WWII airfield is easily accessible.
If you’d like to book a flying lesson at Duxford Airfield, or you’d like to treat someone to the ultimate flying experience, take a look at our Vintage Flying Lessons. Prices start from just £99, making it a fun and affordable present for those difficult-to-buy-for people!
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