10th March – The 2 Seat Spitfires
Get close to four different Two Seat Spitfires at the largest centre of Spitfire activity in the world – The Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar.
Under the guidance of our experts you’ll learn about the history of the Two Seat Spitfire, the engineering involved in producing these iconic aircraft and how they compare with the single seat versions.
You’ll see the very first prototype 2 seat Spitfire MT818 alongside MJ627 and MJ772 which were both converted for the Irish Air Corps in the 1950’s. Finally you’ll see TE308 currently undergoing restoration.
You’ll also view our engineering facility where you can see engineers working on Spitfire and Hurricane restoration projects from all over the world. As a finale to the event you’ll also witness a Spitfire engine start up (* subject to weather conditions)
This behind the scenes event gives you the chance to learn what’s involved in the creation, maintenance and operation of the rare Two Seat Spitfire training aircraft.
10.00 – Arrival, Tea and Coffee
10.15 – Introduction and welcome by Greg Davis author of ‘The Two-Seat Spitfires’ and founder of Facebook’s ‘The Two-Seat Spitfire Page’
10.30 – Guided Tour of the Two Seat Spitfires based at the Hangar: MkVIII MT818, T9 MJ627, T9 MJ772 and T9 TE308 explaining the history and engineering of these unique aircraft
11.30 – Sit in a two-seat Spitfire, a photographer will take photos
12.15 – Spitfire Start up
12.30 – Tea, Coffee, Q+A
Tea and Coffee
Tour of the Two Seat Spitfires
Sit in a Two Seat Spitfire
Photo of you in the cockpit (digital copy emailed after the event)
Engineering workshop viewing
Observe a Two seat Spitfire start up (subject to weather)