In World War II RAF Exeter was an important RAF Fighter Command airfield during the Battle of Britain. RAF Exeter was used by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) Ninth Air Force as a D-Day troop transport base with Douglas C-47 Skytrain transports dropping paratroopers near Carentan to land on the Normandy Beachhead.

During the Battle of Britain the RAF's No 10 Group had 307 (Polish) Squadron, 213 Squadron, 87 Squadron and 601 Squadron all based at Exeter Airport. The airfield suffered quite badly from aerial assaults and despite efforts at camouflage, including painting the runways, Exeter still attracted the Luftwaffe and most administrative and technical buildings were destroyed.


Boultbee Flight Academy has a number of sites around the country from which it operates remotely. Exeter was the first site that was established away from Goodwood and proved a huge success, so much so that we now visit for a couple of weeks each year bringing a variety of different aircraft each time. Exeter's location on the south coast of Devon makes it ideal venue from which to enjoy flights in warbirds over some of the most beautiful countryside that the country has to offer, including Dartmoor, the rolling lush green hills that Devon is famous for, The Jurassic coastline to the east and beautiful rocky inlets around Dartmouth and Salcombe. In addition the lack of airspace means you  have the ultimate freedom when flying so unless you've chosen to fly alongside another warbird it's unlikely that you'll see another aircraft in the sky. 


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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