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Spitfire Flight #662661
17/09/20 08:27 AM
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Sunday had a 30 mins flight in a Spitfire at Duxford, Superb, bit like a old classic car. What you forget is that these are old flightier aircraft and are very basic in the cockpit. When we landed the pilot asked me what I thought of the Spitfire, bit like an old MGA, I replied, No Said he, more like a MG TC, beautiful to fly but like a supermarket trolley on the ground.
They handle beautiful in the sky and super sensitive.
Wonderful present from my Son and family. Granddaughter spent a lot of the day filming Spitfires as she is doing WW2 at school. After the flight I though I was being given a video of my experience taken from the cockpit. GD very excited as she is going to hopefully link all together for a film. Bit of a shock to be asked for £95 for a 30 mins film of my head and horizon. But what a day. Barrel rolls being towed behind a 27 litre Merlin engine.
If you have the chance take it, you don't want the film though.


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Re: Spitfire Flight [Re: David Gibson] #662664
17/09/20 08:31 AM
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David, you lucky chap, sounds like you had a great time, a flight in a Spitfire or Hurricane is top of my bucket list


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Re: Spitfire Flight [Re: David Gibson] #662667
17/09/20 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by David Gibson
Sunday had a 30 mins flight in a Spitfire at Duxford, Superb, bit like a old classic car. What you forget is that these are old flightier aircraft and are very basic in the cockpit. When we landed the pilot asked me what I thought of the Spitfire, bit like an old MGA, I replied, No Said he, more like a MG TC, beautiful to fly but like a supermarket trolley on the ground.
They handle beautiful in the sky and super sensitive.
Wonderful present from my Son and family. Granddaughter spent a lot of the day filming Spitfires as she is doing WW2 at school. After the flight I though I was being given a video of my experience taken from the cockpit. GD very excited as she is going to hopefully link all together for a film. Bit of a shock to be asked for £95 for a 30 mins film of my head and horizon. But what a day. Barrel rolls being towed behind a 27 litre Merlin engine.
If you have the chance take it, you don't want the film though.


What a fantastic experience!
Did anyone watch the repeat of the documentary about Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown, on TV last night?
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Re: Spitfire Flight [Re: David Gibson] #662672
17/09/20 08:59 AM
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I would love to to do it! Nice envy I have now! cheers

I would also love my father to join me, or maybe to fly in the Avro Lancaster with him and my nephew.


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Re: Spitfire Flight [Re: David Gibson] #662676
17/09/20 09:17 AM
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Congratulations what a fantastic experience cheers thumbs


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Re: Spitfire Flight [Re: David Gibson] #662682
17/09/20 10:04 AM
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Lucky man, it is climbing up my bucket list rapidly. Despite my furry boots roots I would even spring for the video!

If it is any help for your grand-daughters work we have a lot of things from my fathers time in the RAF which started post Normandy and could share a couple of bits if it is helpful.

Last edited by Alistair; 17/09/20 10:07 AM.

Just time to burn a little more petrol before dinner.
Re: Spitfire Flight [Re: David Gibson] #662687
17/09/20 10:40 AM
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What a great present David, and like the others on here I am very envious.

Seems very appropriate at this time of year as well, being close to the anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a fair few programmes on the box at the moment about the various aircraft, particularly the Spitfire.

I was driving in the Morgan westward along the A505 a couple of years ago and just as I approached the roundabout to the east of the Duxford main entrance a Spitfire diid a barrel roll right above me and quite low. Sent goosebumps down my back so goodness knows what you must have felt!

In response to Bud's later question, yes I too watched the Eric 'Winkle' Brown documentary last night. What an extraordinary man and an absolutely absorbing story with so many different aspects to it.


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Re: Spitfire Flight [Re: David Gibson] #662689
17/09/20 10:51 AM
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Huge envy here. The cost keeps putting me off. The main problem is affording 2 tickets as Mrs F. won't let me have a go unless she goes too.

Hmm, our holiday plans have been severely curtailed this year leading to a big reduction in withdrawals. Man Maths required .......


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Re: Spitfire Flight [Re: Paul F] #662690
17/09/20 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Paul F
Huge envy here. The cost keeps putting me off. The main problem is affording 2 tickets as Mrs F. won't let me have a go unless she goes too.

Hmm, our holiday plans have been severely curtailed this year leading to a big reduction in withdrawals. Man Maths required .......


She's gone for the "let's think about it" option. Wish me luck.


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Re: Spitfire Flight [Re: Paul F] #662697
17/09/20 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Paul F
Originally Posted by Paul F
Huge envy here. The cost keeps putting me off. The main problem is affording 2 tickets as Mrs F. won't let me have a go unless she goes too.

Hmm, our holiday plans have been severely curtailed this year leading to a big reduction in withdrawals. Man Maths required .......


She's gone for the "let's think about it" option. Wish me luck.

Got everything crossed for you thumbs


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Re: Spitfire Flight [Re: Paul F] #662730
17/09/20 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Paul F
She's gone for the "let's think about it" option. Wish me luck.



That's just a negotiating position, whats it going to cost on top of the flight tickets....


Just time to burn a little more petrol before dinner.
Re: Spitfire Flight [Re: +8Rich] #662747
17/09/20 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by +8Rich

Got everything crossed for you thumbs


Thank you.


Originally Posted by Alistair


That's just a negotiating position, whats it going to cost on top of the flight tickets....


The ultimate question. The answer is probably 42. The problem is, I don't know if that is pence, pounds or carats.


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Re: Spitfire Flight [Re: David Gibson] #662778
17/09/20 04:44 PM
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You can't take it with you. Go for it


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Re: Spitfire Flight [Re: Paul F] #663412
21/09/20 03:30 PM
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I agree with others-you can’t take it with you.
I did this 5 years ago for my birthday. My late grandfather serviced Spits during the war and he was all I could think of as I walked to the beauty with a bit of dust in my eye. It had been no 1 on the bucket list since the age of about 6 which I never expected to be possible and was an experience that in practice truly exceeded my wildest hopes. The pilot handed control over as soon as we left the ground which was a nice surprise, so he let me do the barrel rolls etc too.
Utterly brilliant once in a lifetime thing and can’t recommend highly enough.... I accept I may be biased....
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Re: Spitfire Flight [Re: David Gibson] #663432
21/09/20 04:50 PM
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Very jealous. Would love a flight.
I did enquire a while ago when I was feeling flush but you're right, a real mickey take asking for that amount of cash for video of your head bobbing about. Especially after you have just shelled out 2.5 -3 k for the flight ?


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Re: Spitfire Flight [Re: David Gibson] #663508
22/09/20 07:29 AM
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I did my flight a few years ago from Biggin Hill. A fabulous experience. The safety briefing videos are hilarious- it’s almost as though they are trying to scare you out of flying.

Favourite moment was when I flew a Barrel Roll over the M25. I wasn’t charged extra to see the back of my helmet- you can just about hear me over the engine when I complete the Roll. I think it was just a shout of elation!

Utter respect to the people who flew these in earnest.


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