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Flight Experiences Cambridge/Duxford

Flight Experiences at Duxford Airport

No matter if you want to learn to fly or experience aerobatics, we have the right experience for you. There is no better way to appreciate the beautiful Cambridgeshire landscape than with one of our Cambridge/Duxford packages.

The excitement of flying can be a costly venture, and we strive to provide you with the most affordable prices so you can enjoy this incredible experience. Discover the range of experiences we can offer today below!

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!

Amazing Flight Experiences That You’ll Be Talking About For Years

Here at Air Experiences, we offer a fantastic range of flight experiences that are sure to remain a special memory for years to come.

Take to the skies with our bestselling flying experiences and days out across the UK, including classic vintage flights from Cambridgeshire’s Duxford to aerobatic flights perfect for the thrill-seekers among you.

Our Cambridgeshire Locations

Duxford Airfield

One of the most iconic airfields in England, Duxford is the main centre for all of our Cambridgeshire flight experiences. Whether that’s taking to the skies in the vintage Tiger Moth or a tour across Cambridgeshire in the beautiful Harvard Warbird, Duxford is the first port of call!

Location

Duxford Airfield, Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QJ

Video Option

You may have the option to purchase in-flight video of your flight.

Gift Certificate Upgrade

Subject to availability, it will normally be possible to upgrade your gift certificate to a longer flight when booking your experience by paying any price difference.

Gift Vouchers 

We offer a range of gift vouchers which can be the perfect gift if you’re not sure on the type of flight experience to book. You can book for a range of locations and experience some of the best sights from the air.

Duxford Airport

Get In The Cockpit Of An Iconic Vintage Aeroplane

Few experiences can compare to riding in the cockpit of a vintage aircraft. We have an incredible selection of vintage flight experiences, including World War planes that you are more likely to find in the (IWM) Imperial War Museum than a trial flying lesson.

Our highly trained flight instructor will guide you through each step of the iconic aircraft sightseeing tour. So whether you are looking for a pleasure flight or to learn more about British aviation history, we have the package for you!

Our Oxford Experiences

Tiger Moth Flight

Perfect for fans of classic wings and vintage aircraft, the Tiger Moth Flight is an iconic sightseeing tour. The Tiger Moth bi-plane is a famous aircraft manufactured in England in 1930. One of its most famous uses was as a training plane from the First World War.

If you are looking for an authentic vintage experience, then you will struggle to find a plane that is as comparable as the Tiger Moth. Whether it’s the nostalgic smell or the putter of a classic engine, this flight experience is ideal for history buffs and plane enthusiasts!

Dragon Rapide Flight

Take the chance to ride in one of the few fully restored 1930s Dragon Rapide bi-planes in the UK and relive the pre-war era. The classic Dragon Rapide Flight over Cambridge will take you back in time!

This classic vintage bi-plane offers an experience like no other. Explore the beautiful British countryside from a birds-eye view by flying over Cambridge, Ely, Newmarket, or London.

On top of this, this impressive package also comes with free entry to IWM Duxford with half-price entry for friends and family too!

Harvard Warbird Flight

Fly aboard the incredibly unique Warbird, the T6 Harvard, from Duxford Historic Airfield for the ultimate flight experience! This rare American-made machine served as a training aircraft for pilots before they embarked on the legendary Spitfire and Hurricane during WW2.

To round out this glorious flight experience, you can also gain free entry to one of the top vintage airfields in Britain. Be sure to keep this on your radar if you can appreciate a classic wings tour packed to the brim with history!

Common Flight Experince Questions

How long are the flight experiences?

This depends on which package you choose. We offer shorter flights that last 15 minutes to premium packages that offer up to 5-hour flight experiences. Duxford truly has something on offer for everybody.

Do you offer flying lessons from Duxford airport?

We do not currently offer flying lessons at Duxford airport – but we offer a range of flying experiences! Duxford is ripe with vintage aircraft history, so it’s only fitting that we offer a selection of classic wings and packages in Duxford for you to choose from.

 

Which landmarks should I look out for during my flight?

This depends on which tour you choose, but try to keep your eyes peeled for the impressive King’s College chapel or the banks of the serene River Cam!

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.

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!

What do I need to wear for an open cockpit experience?

No matter the weather, we would always recommend a jacket and pair of gloves when in an open cockpit experience. It can get extremely chilly in the sky, so it’s always best to wrap up!