Spitfire Focus – Flying in a Spitfire
Flying in a Spitfire has always been the preserve of the RAF elite. Late in 2014, Red Letter Days finally became able to offer our customers this once in a lifetime flying experience!
Can you imagine the absolute thrill of climbing into an iconic Spitfire TR9, ready to take to the skies? It has long been the dream of most flying fans and now Red Letter Days are making that dream a reality. For the first time in UK history, you can be king of the world by flying high in a magnificent two seater warbird.
These supercars of the air are fitted with scrupulously maintained Rolls Royce engines. Pilots who fly the craft are some of the best in the country, each highly trained individual has come from either a military or commercial background, so you’re in the safest of hands.
Meet Andy Ling, our Head of Partnerships, a keen aviation fan. His dad was a commercial pilot from the age of 19 until he retired last year, so a love of flying is in the Ling blood. Sadly Andy couldn’t follow in his dad’s footsteps (he is colour blind) but that hasn’t stopped him taking to the skies on every Red Letter Day flying experience going, making him our resident flying expert.
Andy tells us “After 15 years at RLD working with different organisations in the UK to try and make Spitfire flying a reality for the general public, it’s finally happened and you won’t see a happier man! Dad couldn’t stay retired for long either, he’s just bought a gyrocopter and has been tearing up the skies around Cape Town with my two kids in training”.
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Spitfires
- There are just eight operational TR9 carriers remaining and around 50 Spitfires of any type in the entire world
- The Spitfire was the only British fighter plane to stay in constant production throughout the war. They remained in active service right up to 1955
- The names Snipe and Shrew were considered but Spitfire was chosen, from the Old English meaning someone of strong or fiery character
- This supercar of the sky can reach 582 kph and climb to over 7000 metres in nine minutes
- Some planes had under wing modifications so that they could carry beer barrels