What was the Spitfire like to fly? Diaries and filmed interviews with ATA veterans in our collection contain frequent comments such as “Sweet as a nut” and “the sweetest airplane ever built”. Fly our superb simulator and discover all this for yourself.
Our friendly volunteers will provide instruction so that you get the most out of your ‘flight’, and as you open the throttle and listen to the roar of the iconic Merlin engine you will travel back in time and become one of those famous Spitfire pilots of World War II, but flying round the Isle of Wight, over Windsor Castle or over 21st century London. With the replica flight controls and wide screen pilot view, our Spitfire simulator experience is simply ‘fantastic’, ‘brilliant’ and ‘EPIC’ – these are genuine visitor comments. The simulator is suitable for ‘pilots’ aged 8 or over – the oldest person to fly it was 97!
Prices and booking information
Entrance to the exhibition area only is an annual pass for just £3.50 adults, £3 concessions, £2 for 11-to-16-year-olds and under-10-years free. Flights on the simulator start at just £7.50 for 15 minutes.
Half-hour gift vouchers are available at just £20 and includes exhibition area admission for 3 people for a one-off visit. Vouchers are available in the shop section of the website.
Phone us now on 01628 780555 to make your reservation. Flights are available from 10.40am until 3.40pm. For children under 16 we recommend 15 minutes, but for adults 30 minutes gives time for a fuller experience of the iconic Spitfire. Pre-booked group events can take place outside normal opening hours, so please phone to discuss details.
Events for Groups
For a really great Spitfire Simulator experience, why not bring a group of colleagues or family or friends to enjoy our new Spitfire event?
Two teams of max. 4 people will have a flying lesson and then race against the clock up and down the Thames in central London. Take off from London City airport, fly past the O2 and Canary Wharf before diving through Tower Bridge. Turn round Big Ben then go back through Tower Bridge and land at City Airport again. Cheering and booing are positively encouraged as penalty time is added for crashing into the river or even into buildings.
Video of Peter Garrod, a veteran of ATA, flying our simulator