Flying with Spitfires - Flight Experiences
Flying alongside a Spitfire in the skies above the South of England offers an unparalleled air to air experience, putting you alongside a single-seat Spitfire in flight – a truly unique perspective from which to marvel at RJ Mitchell’s elliptical-winged masterpiece and will give you the chance to get a feel for what happened in the skies above us more than 75 years ago.
Spitfire HF Mk.IX RR232 (G-BRSF)
V12 Rolls Royce Merlin 70 ‘high altitude’ engine
Maximum speed: 405mph (652km/h) at 25,400 ft
Maximum power: 1,710hp at 11,000ft
C-type “universal wing” with 32’6″ (9.9m) wingspan
2 x Hispano cannon
Originally produced at Castle Bromwich
13-year restoration project
Last aircraft to be assembled at Filton aerodrome
Bell LongRanger helicopters G-LVDC (206L-3) G-LIMO (206-L-1)
Manufactured by Bell Helicopter Textron of Canada
LongRangers are stretched 7-seat versions of the Bell 206 JetRanger
Maximum speed 120 knots / 138 mph / 222 km/h
Spitfire Flight Experience Options
The Isle of Wight
A 60 minute helicopter fight to the Isle of Wight from Goodwood Aerodrome. A Mark IX Spitfire will fly alongside for about 40 minutes giving you striking views of this iconic aircraft – and the chance to take wonderful photographs.
Flying in the skies where the Battle of Britain was fought, you’ll experience the majesty of the Supermarine Spitfire in flight. You’ll also witness a sequence of carefully choreographed manoeuvres performed by some of Britain’s most experienced pilots. Heading west along the South Coast you will cross the Solent towards Bembridge and the Spitfire will accompany you for a flight along the rugged southern coast of the island towards the famous white cliffs of the Needles before departing for home.
On this 40 minute helicopter flight you will depart the aerodrome and head west flying out over Chichester Harbour and Marina and along the South Coast between The Witterings and Hayling Island, before turning towards Portsmouth and the Spinnaker Tower. You will pass over the historic Portsmouth Harbour that is home to H.M.S. Victory, H.M.S Warrior and the Mary Rose Museum. All this whilst a Mark IX Spitfire escorts you for 30 minutes of your flight. This really is a stunning route which will also take in Battle of Britain airfields and some very picturesque coastline.
The Arundel Gap
This Experience includes a 30 minute helicopter flight, where you will be joined by the Mark IX Spitfire for about 20 minutes. The route will follow that used by Battle of Britain pilots who were kept north of the Downs by bad weather. Departing from Goodwood you will initially fly east to Arundel where you will get spectacular views of Arundel Castle. You will then follow the river Arun down to the coast and then turn west towards Selsey. Cutting inland to come back to Goodwood you will pass over the site of the historic RAF Tangmere airfield.
A 20 minute Helicopter flight with the historic Mark IX Spitfire flying alongside for 15 minutes in the skies above West Sussex where much of the Battle of Britain was fought.
Flying from Goodwood Aerodrome the route takes you past the famous RAF Tangmere before heading towards the coast and taking in Selsey and Thorney Island, former home of RAF Coastal Command.
All of these experiences start and finish at Goodwood Aerodrome. You will have plenty of opportunity to take photographs or video before, during and after your flight so make sure you don’t forget to bring your cameras and recorders with you. And don’t forget to have a picture taken with the Douglas Bader memorial statue whilst at Goodwood.