Trial Lessons


“Step Back in Time  with a trial lesson over the Kent Battle of Britain Countryside”



Your trial lesson will start with your arrival at the airfield, where you will be greeted by a member of the team and the pilot. You will be given a full safety briefing and complete any relevant paperwork. Your flight will take in the sights of the White Cliffs of Dover and the Battle of Britain Memorial site at Capel-le-Ferne, whereby you can step back in time and imagine what it would have been like in the summer of 1940!

YAK 3



£2,000 for 30 minute trial lesson

This is one of a limited number of Yak-3M aircraft which have been built with the Yakovlev Design Bureau, post the 2nd World War, in the original factory in Orenberge, Russia, using the original drawings and manufacturing jigs from 1941-1945. Lighter and smaller than Yak-9 but powered by the same engine, the Yak-3 can out turn a Spitfire and out run a Mustang/Fw 190 and loved by its pilots and the French squadron were offered Mustangs to replace these and said, no thank you, we’d rather stick with a better aeroplane. It was robust, easy to maintain, and a highly successful dog-fighter. It was used mostly as a tactical fighter, flying low over battlefields and engaging in dogfights below 18,000 ft.

2-SEAT SPITFIRE

Price on application, as only with enough demand we can offer two-seater Spitfire flights.

The most famous military aircraft of all time and one of the most beautiful ever built; the Supermarine Spitfire is perhaps chiefly remembered as the symbol of the Battle of Britain. The Spitfire was designed by RJ Mitchell and the prototypes first flew in March 1936, and the aircraft went into full production in 1938.

HARVARD



£440 for 30 minute trial lesson

Originally constructed in 1941 as an AT6C with wooden rear fuselage and tail, to save strategic materials. Re-manufactured in 1950 by North American as a TG6, the rear fuselage and tail being replaced in standard metal construction at that time. The paint scheme of this aircraft represents a T6G as flown in Korea by the 64th TCGP in August 1950. All markings, numbers etc., are as originally worn during its service with the U.S.A.F. In this guise T6's were used in the Korean War for forward air control and target marking. They were armed with phosphor rockets and machine guns, although the guns were removed later in the campaign as the pilots spent too much time shooting up targets rather than marking them for others to destroy! G-BGHU served with the U.S.A.A.F. and U.S.A.F. in 1942/56. It was sold to the French Air Force and armed with four wing mounted machine guns, two bombs and six rockets. It saw service in the Algerian campaign. The aircraft was then sold on to the Portuguese Air Force seeing service in both Portugal and West Africa. Modified to take under wing multi-racket launching pods and anti SAM flare system fitted. In 1979 it was de-mobbed to the UK with armaments removed and in 1986 purchased by its current owner.

BOEING STEARMAN



£200 for 30 minute trial lesson (approximately 20 minutes airborne)

The Boeing Stearman was used as a primary training aircraft by the U.S. Army Air Corps and U.S. Navy before and during WWII. As far as possible we have traced the roots of our Stearman and we believe it to be a U.S. Navy variant, Model A75-N25-4, built circa 1942/3. The aircraft probably remained in military hands well into the 1950’s. The aircraft entered civilian hands in 1957 and remained in use until late in 1966 when it was taken out of service. In 1971/72 the aircraft was rebuilt as a crop duster and remained in service until 1981. A further rebuild was completed in 1986 and in January 1991 the aircraft was disassembled and shipped to the UK where it was flown privately until purchased in July 2002.

TIGER MOTH



£200 for 30 minute trial lesson (approximately 20 minutes airborne)

A beautiful 80-year old veteran - DH82a Tiger Moth G-ACDC is over 80 years, having been first registered on 6 February 1933. CDC, as it’s known to everyone, is the oldest Tiger Moth still flying. It was one of 10 allocated to the De Havilland School at Hatfield, remaining there until November 1941. CDC was impressed into the RAF as BB726 on 30 October 1940, staying at Hatfield with No 1 EFTS until November 1941. It was sold at RAF auction in 1953 and since then has been used for racing, stunts, wing walking and training. CDC is in her original maroon and silver colour scheme and has now accumulated over 16,000 hours!

Vintage Aero Ltd. Pent Farm, Postling, Hythe, Kent, CT21 4EY, UK. Tel/Fax 00 44 (0)1303 862 985 | Email: info@vintageaero.co.uk