Book your HALF TERM simulator flights now! Call us at 01628 780555 to make your reservation.
Come fly with us!
With the replica flight controls and wide screen pilot view, this is the most sophisticated Spitfire simulator available to the general public.
We recommend booking 15 minutes for children, and 30 minutes for older children and adults.
Flights include instruction and cost just £7.50 per 15 minutes plus admission charge to the exhibition (£3.50 adults, £2 children aged 11-16, 10 and under is free). The admission charge is valid for multiple return visits within 12 months.
We are open from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
The first flight slot of the day is at 10.20am and the last is at 3.40pm. The simulator is suitable for ‘pilots’ aged 8 or over – the oldest person to fly it was 92!
If you are coming any distance specifically to fly the simulator, please phone in advance to check that it is fully serviceable (phone number: 01628 780555).
The Spitfire simulator is part of the Air Transport Auxiliary museum, located in the Maidenhead Heritage Centre.
In addition to flying this iconic machine’s simulator you will have the chance to visit the “Grandma Flew Spitfires” exhibition where you can learn about the ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary).
To see a 92-year old veteran of ATA flying our simulator CLICK HERE: Peter Garrod’s flight in the Spitfire Simulator
80 years ago, on March 6 1936, the Spitfire made its first flight from Eastleigh airfield at Southampton. This beautiful aeroplane became one of the most famous aircraft ever built: during World War II over 22,700 were built, and it was the only fighter in production throughout the war. 250 examples of the blue-painted Photo Reconnaissance Spitfire were assembled not far from Maidenhead, at a grass airfield east of Henley called Upper Culham Farm.
What was it 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”.