Answers to your Spitfire flight questions

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Please find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Spitfire flights, such as How much does it cost to fly in a Spitfire? Who can fly in a Spitfire?  and Can you take the controls?

If you have any other questions or would like to discuss your Spitfire adventure in person please give us a call, email or livechat.

The entry price for our standard experience is £2,975.00. This 30-minute experience (minimum 20 minutes airborne) can be extended by purchasing additional flight time. See our website booking facility for further details.

SPITFIRE – The minimum age to fly is 18. The maximum weight is 238lb (17 stone) (108 Kg). The maximum height is 6’6″ inches (1.98 m).
You will be weighed and measured on the day.

MUSTANG – The minimum age to fly is 18. The maximum weight is (16.5 stone) (105 Kg). The maximum height is 6’2″ (1.87 m).

You will be weighed and measured on the day. Please note there are no dual controls in the Mustang.

Further to the above restrictions, your physique must be such as to permit free movement of the controls. This will be checked by the pilot on the day, and exceptionally, some of those fulfilling the basic requirements above, may still be unable to fly.

You need to be physically agile enough to climb into and out of the aircraft and safely experience the dynamic nature of the flight – if you have any concerns over your suitability you should consult your GP. You should not participate if you are medically precluded from holding a driving licence, suffering from a cold, are pregnant or suffering from any condition affecting your breathing or consciousness.

It is generally accepted that if you are fit enough to hold a driving licence you should be fit enough to participate in this activity.

In addition to your flight, you will receive the following benefits:


  • Unlimited free Guest spaces
  • Access to the 1940's style dispersal lounge
  • A guided hangar tour for you and 4 of your guests (additional Tours available £39 per person)
  • A personalised certificate, signed by your pilot, as a reminder of your flight
  • Spitfire ground photo opportunity with family and friends
  • A free in flight video
  • A woven Spitfire flight patch
  • A set of reproduction RAF Spitfire Mk IX pilot’s notes


  • Unlimited free Guest spaces
  • Access to the AV8 Cafe and viewing areas
  • A personalised certificate, signed by your pilot, as a reminder of your flight
  • Spitfire ground photo opportunity with family and friends
  • A free in flight video
  • A woven Spitfire flight patch
  • A set of reproduction RAF Spitfire Mk IX pilot’s notes

Unrestricted guest numbers can watch the aircraft from our 1940’s style dispersal lounge, garden and viewing deck.

Spitfire Factory Tour included for you and 4 guests (additional tours available £39 per person).

While two to three hours is usually sufficient to cover briefings, flight and tours, it is recommended that you make as much of the day available as possible to cover unforeseen delays such as weather.

Youll be allocated a briefing time when you book. You’d usually expect to be flying around 45 minutes after arrival however exact timings depend on external factors such as weather and air traffic control requirements. Please allow plenty of time at the venue to cover pre-flight briefings, Q&A sessions with the pilot, photography time, and for any weather delays.

These are not ‘instructional’ flights however all our Spitfire aircraft have dual controls.

The Mustang has a jump seat so is not dual controlled.

Some passengers choose to fly generally straight and level, whilst others enjoy a more dynamic flight. Subject to suitable weather conditions, all passengers are offered the opportunity to experience aerobatic manoeuvres in the Spitfire, including a Victory Roll.

BIGGIN HILL - We fly all year round everyday of the week weather permitting. Schedule dates can be found online, if your preferred date isn’t listed please call us as we can usually arrange extra days by arrangement. All dates are subject to weather, aircraft serviceability and airtraffic.

COTSWOLD AIRPORT - we fly on selected dates each month, check out our Costwold Airport flights pages for current dates.

BIGGIN HILL - Twenty minutes is sufficient flight time to go to the Thames Estuary and towards the Weald of Kent. If you extend your trip by an additional 15 minutes, this will allow you to get to Beachy Head where you can see the famous lighthouse and White Cliffs. An additional 25 minutes will take you to the White Cliffs of Dover.

COTSWOLD AIRPORT - All our flight options can provide views of the River Severn. Flights of 45 minutes provide views of the North Devon coastline. The South Coast and Needles can be reached on our 65 minute flights.
All routes can be tailored to your wishes so let us know what you'd like to see.

There is no more iconic a location than Biggin Hill, a crucial RAF Sector Station in the Battle of Britain and synonymous with Spitfires and Hurricanes. The Heritage Hangar where the flights take place is the world’s leading Spitfire restoration centre. The knowledge, experience and care available here is unrivalled. The other factor to consider is that Biggin Hill has tarmac runways which means that as soon as it stops raining, flying is back on, it does not get water-logged like a grass airfield can.

Cotswold Airport (RAF Kemble) was home to RAF maintenance Unit No5 during WWII and is now the largest private business airport in the South West. With easy access from the M4 it's within easy reach of London, Bristol and Bath; Birmingham is an hour and a half by car.
Cotswold airport provides the opportunity to fly over some of the most spectacular countryside in the UK with views of the rolling Cotswold hills, the River Severn and the West of England.

We operate from the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, which is the largest Spitfire restoration and maintenance facility anywhere in the world.
At any time we typically have 10-15 Spitfires, Hurricanes and other aircraft on site.

We have our own CAA approved maintenance organisation, with licenced engineers on site, who have access to one of the largest Spitfire spares holdings in existence.

The content of the flight is very much determined by the passenger. Some like to fly straight and level and soak up the experience whereas others like to do some manoeuvring and aerobatics. You will get an opportunity to discuss your flight with your pilot during the pre flight briefing.

Yes gift flights are available and can be bought via the website without a date booked. The recipient can book their own date with us.

You can arrive in normal everyday clothes, but you will be kitted out with your own personal protective equipment consisting of a flight suit worn over your clothes plus helmet and gloves. You will need to provide your own footwear which should provide a good grip.

BIGGIN HILL - Our outdoor viewing area is wheelchair accessible and the aircraft apron can be accessed via a gate. The indoor guest lounge is accessed via a small set of stairs so is not wheelchair accessible. Our aircraft hangars are wheelchair accessible and we have an easy access toilet on site.
See our Accessibility Guide

COTSWOLD AIRPORT - The AV8 restaurant, viewing areas and toilets are wheelchair accessible.

BIGGIN HILL We have vending machines available on-site providing snacks, tea and coffee. There are several cafes within a short drive.

COTSWOLD AIRPORT - Our hangar is adjacent to the AV8 cafe which sells a range of food and drink.

If your flight has to be postponed due to poor weather we will work with you to find a suitable alternative date.
We ask all guests to contact us the day before to discuss weather conditions.

We usually have a standby aircraft and a team of engineers onsite who can usually handle any maintenance tasks.
If your flight cannot take place due to a technical fault we will work with you to find a suitable alternative date.

Guest cameras and phones are not permitted in the Spitfire. We do however provide a video recording of your flight free of charge. No technology is 100% reliable and as such the content of the recordings cannot be guaranteed.

For online bookings we take the full amount when you make a booking. Credit and debit cards are accepted.
Flexible vouchers can be purchased to enable flights to be paid in instalments.
Call us on 01959 576 767 to discuss deposit options.

Passengers usually fly in the order in which they were booked, however the order can sometimes be changed to suit operational requirements or weather conditions.

We use a number of highly experienced pilots to fly our passengers. All our pilots hold a commercial flying licence and a valid medical certificate.

They come from a wide variety of backgrounds, both civil and military, but all share a great enthusiasm for flying these historic aircraft.

BIGGIN HILL - Unfortunately, pets are not allowed inside the spectator areas.

COTSWOLD AIRPORT - Well behaved pets on leads are welcome in and around the AV8 cafe.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide a discount. Each passenger is carried separately so there is no saving to be made for multiple bookings.

BIGGIN HILL AIRPORT - The hangar is a working engineering environment so isn’t really suitable for children. Under 16’s can attend but must be under adult supervision at all times with a ratio of 1 Child per paying adult . There is no charge for under-12s.

We are pleased to offer a 'No Quibble' refund guarantee. If your circumstances change then we will provide you with a refund (minus an admin fee to cover any card processing costs, no more than 1.7%). No fees apply if payment is made by BACS. You must request a refund by emailing

e-vouchers are free for all bookings. Flight bookings qualify for a free gift card with printed voucher and first class postage.
Gift card + postage for Tour experiences is £4.50

To help clear London's air and improve public health, the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is expanding across all London boroughs from 29 August 2023. Biggin Hill Airport will fall inside the new expanded ULEZ zone so if your vehicle does not meet the emissions standards, you could face a daily charge of £12.50.

If you drive within the zone, you'll have to pay by midnight on the third day following the journey.

CLICK HERE To check if your vehicle meets ULEZ requirements or pay the charge.

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