Below you'll find a list of all the experiences on offer at Solent Airport. For each of the experiences listed below you will receive briefings about the facility, the aircraft, the flying equipment you'll be wearing such as helmets, flight suits and parachutes, and you'll watch a video that explains the risks of flying a vintage warbird such as the Spitfire. Then you'll meet your pilot and discuss with him what you'd like to do on your flight be it a sightseeing tour or some aerobatics, or a bit of both. Please note:
You should plan to be with us for 4 hours.
Weight and height limits will be strictly adhered to.
All times quoted are chock to chock. Airborne time will be roughly 10 minutes shorter than the quoted experience time.
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30 MINUTE SPITFIRE FLIGHT TO THE NEEDLES
Strap into the aircraft, experience the Rolls-Royce Merlin start, and then taxy out for pre-flight checks and take-off. This experience will see you flying one of the Academy's Spitfire TR9's straight out to sea and over the English Channel and on to the famous white cliffs at the Needles. Enroute you'll enjoy the sight of the Spitfire's famous elliptical wings either side of you, and if you elected to try some aerobatics you'll marvel at the power, maneuverability and grace of this aircraft that is over 70 years old. You will also have the opportunity to touch the controls and fly the aircraft yourself. SM520 will be your aircraft for this flight.
COST: £2750 INC VAT
30 MINUTE SPITFIRE FORMATION FLIGHT TO THE NEEDLES
The 30 minute formation will essentially be the same as the 30 minute flight listed above, the only difference being that you'll be joined by another Spitfire, RR232 for 15 minutes of the flight. You'll be able to watch from your seat in the Spitfire as your wingman soars over the Needles. It is an original Mark IX single seat aircraft. At times the aircraft will be so close you'll feel you could reach out and touch it! You'll experience formation flight, position changes, and even some tail chasing if you'd like get the feel for aerial combat. SM520 will be your aircraft for this flight.
COST: £4000 INC VAT
45 MINUTE SPITFIRE FLIGHT AROUND THE ISLE OF WIGHT
This is experience follows the same format as the 30 minute above flight however with the extra time you'll be able to fly around the entire coast of the Isle of Wight including the white cliffs at the Needles, Ventnor, Bembridge and Cowes. You will also have the opportunity to touch the controls and fly the aircraft yourself. On this trip you'll be flying a Spitfire over the most iconic WW2 landmarks in the UK. SM520 will be your aircraft for this flight..
COST: £3750 INC VAT
55 MINUTE SPITFIRE FLIGHT AROUND THE ISLE OF WIGHT
COST: £4750 INC VAT
This is experience follows the same format as the 45 minute above flight however with the extra time you'll have a lot more flexibility to see not only the white cliffs at the Needles but also so many of the other landmarks that the south coast has to offer. You'll also have time to do as many aerobatics as you like in the unlimited airspace that covers most of the island. On this trip you'll be flying a Spitfire over the most iconic WW2 landmarks in the UK. SM520 will be your aircraft for this flight.
55 MINUTE SPITFIRE FORMATION WITH TWO 2-SEAT SPITFIRES
After your briefs this experience will see you and a friend flying two of the Academy's Spitfire TR9's from the historic Solent Airfield heading out towards Needles, The iconic White Cliffs landmarks associated with the Spitfire and its returning from battle. Enroute you'll enjoy the sight of the Spitfire's famous elliptical wing passing over England's green and pleasant land, while all the time being able to see another Spitfire right next to you in formation - a truly epic sight. And if you elected to try some aerobatics as well you'll marvel at the power, maneuverability and grace of this aircraft that is over 70 years old.
COST: £10000 INC VAT
(FOR TWO PEOPLE)
45 MINUTE FIGHTER APPRECIATION
Fancy scrambling with your friend into two waiting Spitfire TR9's to intercept an errant ME109 (Bouchon) over the English Channel? Flying in a Spitfire is an incredible experience. But unless you have a military background I doubt you will have much of an idea of how to fight aircraft. I doubt also that you have a great deal of understanding about the fighting characteristics of the Spitfire vs the ME109, and their particular idiosyncrasies. This experience will see you briefed by former fighter pilots about fighter tactics before you jump into the waiting Spitfires to experience it for yourself. I doubt there is a better experience that can be purchased in this country. Chocks away!
COST: £12000 INC VAT
(FOR TWO PEOPLE)