During his time at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough John developed his passion for old aeroplanes. He started flying Chipmunks, Tiger Moths, the Tipsy Nipper and the might DC-3. After two and a half years the urge to fly full time was too much so he left Farnborough to live in Germany and fly for a parachute centre. After 2 years, 700hrs on turbine Islanders, 40 parachute jumps and a logbook full of adventures he returned to the UK to fly low level operations for the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency, and then went on to the Boeing 737 with BMI.


Over the past 12 years John has been flying for various operators of classic aircraft as well as his own Pitts Special.


He is now part time with British Airways and spends the rest of his time flying for operators of classic prop and jet aircraft. He's 'living his own dream'!


John flies the Chipmunk, Harvard and Spitfire for the Academy., He instructs and Displays the Spitfire.


BOULTBEE FLIGHT ACADEMY was established in 2010 and was the world's first Spitfire training school and approved Spitfire flight provider flying single seat and two seat spitfires. So if your question is:  Can I buy a flight in a Spitfire? Where can I fly in a Spitfire? or Where can I train to fly a Spitfire? the answer is that you can at Boultbee Flight Academy. The Academy is the world's authority on Spitfire flying. We offer Spitfire experience flights to non-pilots and Spitfire training to pilots. All of our two seat Spitfire flights are incredible experiences whether you are a pilot or not. A two seater Spitfire flight really is everything you will hope it to be and more. Flying in a Spitfire is an experience you won't forget. So why not come and fly with us? CLICK HERE for more information.

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