Spitfire Study Day at Biggin Hill

1 days

From £175

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We are sorry to inform you that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it has become necessary to reschedule this tour. Your safety and wellbeing are our utmost priorities, so we do hope you understand this enforced change of travel arrangements. A new date will be confirmed shortly. For more information, please read our full statement about the Coronavirus here. If you are booked onto this tour, you can get in touch with our friendly sales team on 01722 713800, who are ready to help.

Summary

Book a place on the 24th March day and receive 10% off the price. 

Come and see a legend at close quarters

There is no aeroplane more iconic than the Spitfire. Called by many the saviour of the Free World, especially during the Battle of Britain, this sleek design is frequently seen at air shows around the world. This is your chance to get up close and personal with the fighter at one of the world’s leading Spitfire operators - and at the famous Battle of Britain fighter station, Biggin Hill.

We will study:

  • Design and development, discussing new research into the origins
  • The role of the Spitfire in the Battle of Britain
  • The fighting power of the Spitfire
  • The engineering of the wing design
  • The stories of the brave men who flew from RAF Biggin Hill

Where we’ll be:

There can be nowhere better to study the Spitfire than the former RAF Biggin Hill in the 80th year of the Battle of Britain. The facilities of the Heritage Hangar are world-class and afford a privileged access to Spitfires under maintenance, re-build and flying. The hangar would be conducted by one of the engineers who spends every day with these magnificent machines and he’ll be able to answer the most in-depth engineering questions.

Lectures:

Paul Beaver will lead the discussion on the Spitfire throughout the day, focussing on the study areas. The advantage of the Heritage Hangar is that much of the lectures can be illustrated with real examples from the engineering shop floor.

Tour Guide:

Paul Beaver is a well-known historian and broadcaster who continues to research the Spitfire. He spent six years flying Spitfires in six European countries. He regularly lectures on his experiences to lay and expert audiences, including at the Battle of Battle Bunker in Uxbridge. Paul has recently been appointed Honorary Group Captain of No 601 (County of London) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, which flew Spitfires during and the immediately after the war.

Tour highlights:

Meet your Experts

Colonel Paul Beaver

Guide Lecturer

Paul Beaver is very much a hands-on historian with a pilot’s log book which includes the Spitfire, Harvard and Mustang.

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Spitfires in hangar (Photo by John Goodman)
Tour dates & prices
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Guided by Price Availability
6 October 2020 AXSP201006 6 October 2020 (Tuesday) Colonel Paul Beaver £175
(ex. flights)
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4 May 2021 AXSP210504 4 May 2021 (Tuesday) Colonel Paul Beaver £175
(ex. flights)
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3 August 2021 AXSP210803 3 August 2021 (Tuesday) Colonel Paul Beaver £175
(ex. flights)
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