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MB_Avro_UK
04-13-2007, 04:09 PM
Hi all,

For the small fee of 2,500 ($5,000 US) you can have a 20 minute flight in a two-seat Mk IX Spitfire.

And you can take control for a few aerobatics http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

This link was posted by a lucky guy who took the option...

If you listen carefully, you can hear him stating that the Flight Model is 'porked'... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf54M3Hdmhc

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

Hanglands
04-13-2007, 04:20 PM
Hi MB,

I really dont think that is Duxford, as the blurb with the video states. You and I have both been there in the last couple of weeks, and I dont remember seeing those hangars.

I also didnt think that under CAA rules you could go in a twin seat Spitty as a paying passanger?

I know Duxford does have a paved/concrete runway, but I dont think its one you can get close enough to film like that from.


I wish this idea of pleasure flights was true, especially from 50minutes up the road. But very sadly, I think this isn't the case.

I really hope I can be proven to be wrong here, coz for 2500 sheets, I see my borthday pressie! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

msalama
04-13-2007, 04:25 PM
Well true or not I still don't have the dosh. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif

MB_Avro_UK
04-13-2007, 04:35 PM
Originally posted by Hanglands:
Hi MB,

I really dont think that is Duxford, as the blurb with the video states. You and I have both been there in the last couple of weeks, and I dont remember seeing those hangars.

I also didnt think that under CAA rules you could go in a twin seat Spitty as a paying passanger?

I know Duxford does have a paved/concrete runway, but I dont think its one you can get close enough to film like that from.


I wish this idea of pleasure flights was true, especially from 50minutes up the road. But very sadly, I think this isn't the case.

I really hope I can be proven to be wrong here, coz for 2500 sheets, I see my borthday pressie! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Hi Hanglands,

We have both been to Duxford and I agree that the flight was from somewhere else. Whilst I was at Duxford last week I saw the same Spitfire doing circuits with passengers.

I read somewhere that such flights are available at Duxford through the same booking system as for the Rapide.

This example is owned and flown by a woman pilot. Can't remember her name but she gained fame by causing a 'prang' during parking close to a static aircraft...(no sexist jokes please http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif) And there's no reverse gear in a Spifire.

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

Hanglands
04-13-2007, 04:41 PM
Roger that MB,

I recently booked a flight for the Missus in a Tiger Moth with Classic Wings who fly out of Duxford, when perusing their packages I didnt see a Spit, otherwise I'd have been in there like a shot. They have a couple of aircraft (inc the Rapide)but no Spit.

There may be othere firms flying out of Duxford, but I didnt come across them.

Anyway, I really am still hope I am proven wrong here, honestly. I would pay 2500 squid and more for a post war IX twin seat convert flight.

Best I can find for now on the CAA bit is this :

http://www.tigerairways.co.uk/index.php?option=com_cont...view&id=25&Itemid=36 (http://www.tigerairways.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25&Itemid=36)

Chris0382
04-14-2007, 07:24 AM
Boy that Stearman trip my Scuba Diving buddy took me on to do some snorkling on Block Island seems to be a treat of a life time. Unfortunatly he cracked a piston (forgot to remove the winter top cylinder oil) 2 yrs ago and sold it to buy an Avon RIB. I didnt realize how special that plane was until people took pictures of it at the airport.

John_Pimlott
04-14-2007, 07:33 AM
Originally posted by MB_Avro_UK:



This example is owned and flown by a woman pilot. Can't remember her name but she gained fame by causing a 'prang' during parking close to a static aircraft...(no sexist jokes please http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif) And there's no reverse gear in a Spifire.

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

I think that might be Carolyn grace.

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

voyager_663rd
04-14-2007, 07:45 AM
Lots of those $5000 flights in Florida (primarily in 51's).

I considered it but settled for a better deal at $1000 in an Extra 300 that I got to fly (with the real pilot of course) for real for about 50 minutes (I was flying it for about 30 min). I was at the controls for 3 dogfights against another buddy in another extra 300 and it was a blast.

ploughman
04-14-2007, 08:15 AM
Smashing weather we're having for the time of year, what?

stansdds
04-14-2007, 10:33 AM
Wow! Looks like he really enjoyed the flight. How many videos have we seen of someone who is all excited to go up in a high performance aircraft only to pass out and/or puke during the flight? I guess I shouldn't say too much, not having flown in such aircraft. I've had to settle for tubeliners, puddle jumpers, a Piper Cub, a Bell 206, a B-17 and a B-25, none were rolled inverted (thankfully).

Taylortony
04-14-2007, 01:29 PM
You could book flights in the Spitfire the rules are quite transparent, you cannot charge for the flight as that is counted as a Commercial operation and hence needs to be on public transport..... BUT you can charge passengers the cost of the flight and make no profit, so it covers maintenance.. aircraft hire ( a portion thereof) insurance etc etc etc, that is how it is done, It is also Carolyn Graces Spit based at Duxford that was being used, but it may have stopped now
http://www.ml407.co.uk/pages/main.html

The waiting list was about 2 years I seem to remember before you will get your flight.

JG52Uther
04-14-2007, 01:39 PM
Hanglands did she enjoy the flight?
One of the guys who turns the prop/moves the chocs is in our squad!

Hanglands
04-14-2007, 02:39 PM
Well, I said I hoped to be proven wrong....

I had heard of someone who had been for a flight that would fit in with the arrangement TT describes in the Canadian Mk IX that inhabits East Kirkby.
But when I had my day with Just Jane they were charging 30 just to sit in it, there was no mention of flights.

I think maybe you have to be pretty well connected. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Still, we live in hope.

Uther, I only booked her the flight, she has chosen to have the actual flight when we're both on leave in June (hopefully better weather then too).

While we were at Duxford she saw a Tiger Moth for the first time suspended from one of the hangar ceilings. I think she almost changed her mind about it.

She'll probably come back down to land saying 'thats better than sex' or something, and we'll drive home in stoney silence.

Does your mate get you any discounted flights then Uther?

MB_Avro_UK
04-14-2007, 05:10 PM
Originally posted by Hanglands:
Well, I said I hoped to be proven wrong....

I had heard of someone who had been for a flight that would fit in with the arrangement TT describes in the Canadian Mk IX that inhabits East Kirkby.
But when I had my day with Just Jane they were charging 30 just to sit in it, there was no mention of flights.

I think maybe you have to be pretty well connected. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Still, we live in hope.

Uther, I only booked her the flight, she has chosen to have the actual flight when we're both on leave in June (hopefully better weather then too).

While we were at Duxford she saw a Tiger Moth for the first time suspended from one of the hangar ceilings. I think she almost changed her mind about it.

She'll probably come back down to land saying 'thats better than sex' or something, and we'll drive home in stoney silence.

Does your mate get you any discounted flights then Uther?

Hey Hanglands,

Please check your PMs.

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

Taylortony
04-14-2007, 05:27 PM
Wow 30 a go, was that the Lanc....... If the Spit, Maurice and Peter Bailey must be feeling the pinch, I can understand it though as they are expensive to operate, as I have an idea of the costs involved,


I have in my past sorted it for several people to fulfil their ambition in several aircraft and several Spits, indeed I have for a couple of people in these forums as well....... but before you ask.... NO, I do not want to overdo it and become a bind if that makes sense..... I have done it in the past where I know I can achieve it.... To me I might as well be sitting in a car as I do not get a buzz out of it...... A bit like selling Igloos to the Eskimoos if that makes sense.
BUT I have enjoyed bringing the dream of several people to fruition, and that gives me the bigger kick http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

As for the likes of Chipmunk, Rapides, Tiger Moths and even Harvards in the UK they are possible, Indeed I do believe you can wingwalk on a Stearman too.......

BTW the person heling out will not appreciae every man and his dog asking for a discount, indeed he probably cannot help out,


IF YOU WANT TO FLY IN A CLASSIC AND NOT FOR A LOT OF MONEY, EVEN TAKE IN AN AIRSHOW CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW

http://www.classicflight.com/

Taylortony
04-14-2007, 05:41 PM
Indeed you can fly into Flying Legends including the ticket price in a Dak or twin pin
so you get friday access and accomodation with the show on saturday and flights both way..

https://vault2.secured-url.com/AtlanticSSL/shop1/julylegends.asp

mauld
04-15-2007, 04:47 AM
Carolyn Grace Spitfire T.9 Duxford Based

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILsLF3Jev3s