GOODWOOD Aerodrome has become the first place in the UK to offer the public ‘emotional, historical and exhilarating’ flights in iconic Spitfire planes.
A flight academy has launched a heart-thumping Christmas gift idea which will set purchasers back just £2,750 to £10,000.
Goodwood-based Boultbee Flight Academy is the first organisation in the UK to be able to offer passenger flights in the iconic fighter aircraft.
Passengers can enjoy a 30 or 50-minute flight in the 70-year-old two-seater plane which has a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine and recorded speeds of up to 357mph.
Matt Jones, managing director of Boultbee Flight Academy, said: “Flying on one of these iconic war birds is an exceptional experience that everyone should have the opportunity to try.
“Trust me when I say that it is the most emotional, historical and exhilarating experience available in aviation today, and we very much look forward to sharing the aircraft with everyone who comes to visit.”
Mr Jones added that the new offer would help with the conservation of the planes.
“Their involvement will contribute significantly to ensuring Spitfires keep flying well into the future,” said Mr Jones.
Boultbee Academy is the only accredited Spitfire training school in the world.
However, the experience doesn’t come cheap – one person can enjoy a 30-minute experience over the English Channel for £2,750.
A 50-minute flight to the white cliffs of The Needles will cost £4,750 or a flight for two people to The Needles in Spitfires flying in formation costs £10,000.
Passengers can ask their instructor for a flight which involves sightseeing, or aerobatics, or a bit of both.
To find out more call 07747792395 or visit: www.boultbeeflightacademy.co.uk