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DUXFORD, CAMBRIDGE FLYING EXPERIENCES
Vintage Flight Experience Over Duxford & Cambridgeshire
There’s no place like Duxford when it comes to the world of aviation! Duxford holds a wealth of knowledge, history and heritage of British aviation right back to the First World War.
For those who would love to experience flight like our ancestors, an open cockpit Tiger Moth bi-plane is the flight for you! Or go up in our 1930’s, 8-seater airliner Dragon Rapide, where you can look out the window and admire the beautiful sights of South East England. If you would like to treat yourself or that special someone to our Vintage flights, take a look at our Vintage Flying Experiences – it will definitely be a gift they won’t forget!
Prices start from just £99, making it a fun and affordable birthday present for those difficult-to-buy-for people!
Experiences at Duxford Airport
Duxford Airfield, Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QJ
Duxford is a spectacular place to step back in time and take to the skies in our vintage flight experiences. Get a hands-on taster flying lesson with your own pilot in our Tiger Moth flight experience or take a friend up with you and gracefully soar around in our 1930’s airliner, Dragon Rapide – the perfect way to share an experience with a loved one!
You will fly over some of the most historical sights of Cambridgeshire such as the prestigious Cambridge University dating back to the 12th Century. Admire its 31 university colleges from above including St Trinity College and gardens founded by Henry VIII, the Spires of King’s college Chapel and St John’s College.
Follow the flow of the River Cam North of the city where you will spot Castle Mound or better known as Cambridge Castle. Where once the fortress stood proud in the 11th century, by the 1800’s most of the structure had been damaged. Now site to the Shire Hall, housing as Headquarters to Cambridgeshire County Council.
To the East of the city centre look out for Cambridge Airport. Busy with high class business jets, this airport never stops – keep an eye out for big charter jets in the skies!
Duxford is a fantastic place to take a vintage flight with the best time of year to fly being spring/summer time. The warmer summer months will enable you be able to enjoy your open-cockpit tiger moth experience without having to have too many layers on!
What type of flights are there?
You can choose from:
20 minute Tiger Moth Flight
30 minute Tiger Moth Flight
40 minute Tiger Moth Flight
Sightseeing Tours in a Dragon Rapid
– Sightseeing Tour of Cambridgeshire
– Flight over Cambridge, Ely and Newmarket
– Flight over Landmarks of London
What will I see during my flight?
Duxford is a place jam-packed with history and plenty for your eyes to feast on.
In our variety of sightseeing tours, you can admire the whole South East of England in some of Britain’s most iconic war-time aircraft. Admire the prestigious University City of Cambridge, follow the flow of the River Cam and spot the pinnacles of King’s College Chapel. Or set south and see the famous panoramic skyline of London. Fly over the sights of the Capital including Big Ben, Tower Bridge and of course the London Eye!
What happens after my flight?
Once you’ve come back down to earth, enjoy free access into the Duxford Imperial War Museum (your guests will also get half price entry!). The IWM is a spectacular museum where you can get up close and explore the amazing variety of aviation history from the First World War up to present day.
Do I need to bring anything for my flight?
The main thing you have to bring is yourself and your Air Experiences voucher! For the flight itself, bring along a jacket as it can get cold in an open cockpit plane, a hat and sunglasses in-case it’s a sunny day and of course a camera.
What should I wear for my flight?
It’s usually best to wear jeans and a t-shirt unless it’s a hot day then we suggest shorts. Inside the aircraft it can get quite warm, kind of like a greenhouse.
Ladies no skirts or dresses or heels as you’ll be climbing in and out of the cockpit. A hat or cap and sunglasses can be useful.
For an open cockpit experience it will be best to dress up light but warm.
How long will my flight be?
You can either choose a 20, 30 or 40 minutes in a Tiger Moth or a type of tour in a Dragon Rapid where duration can vary.
What’s the best time of year to go flying in an open cockpit plane?
This is an all year-round activity as long as the sun is shining! Ideally the summer is best due to the longer days, nicer weather and warmer temperatures. However, you can get some of the most beautiful, crisp, blue sky, frosty days in the winter where the air is silky smooth but you’ve got to wrap up warm!
How old do you have to be for a flight?
Tiger Moth minimum age is 14yrs and maximum age is 89yrs.
There is no age limit on the Dragon Rapide.
Will I get to have a go at flying the plane myself?
Definitely! You can do as much or as little flying as you wish. Your instructor will do the take-off and landing but once in the air at some point during the lesson your instructor will ask if you want to take control of the plane. We have got to say it is one of the best feelings flying a plane!
How do you fly a plane?
To operate a plane, we use a stick with our hands and rudders with our feet. When you climb into the plane your instructor will run through the pre-flight checks and demonstrate the stick and rudder movements. When you move the stick backwards and forwards it will make the plane climb and descend. Move the stick left and right will move the ailerons to make you roll left and right, and you push the pedals with your feet will help you with your turns.
The planes generally like slow movements rather than harsh yanking motions.
Who will be with me on the flight?
In the Tiger Moths you will be sitting in-front of your pilot as it is a tandem designed cockpit. Your fully qualified pilot will be talking to you through the headset and explaining everything they are doing and landmarks to keep your eye out for whilst flying around the Cambridgeshire countryside.
Can passengers come with me?
Passengers can come with you in the 8-seater Dragon Rapide, which was used as an airliner in the 1930’s!