20 Minute flight experience: Take flight in the aeroplane that has become affectionately known as “The mini Spitfire,” the de Havilland Chipmunk offers superb handling and a very graceful flight experience, earning its place in aviation halls of fame as a firm favourite. The Chipmunk earned its notoriety through its service with RAF Air Experience Flights, where many a young Air Cadet sampled their first taste of the air. Strap in and find out for yourself why the Chipmunk is such a dearly loved aeroplane.
Soar across the sky with the Chipmunk Introductory Flight. You can book a flight for 20 minutes; on the day, you may upgrade to fly as long as you wish! You’ll receive a one-to-one introductory flight with a licensed instructor. You will spend up to 20 minutes in the air, beginning with the pilot taxing the aircraft whilst introducing and showing you the various flight controls. During the flight, your pilot will also demonstrate some basic manoeuvres such as turns, steep turns and slow flight, which this historic military training aircraft was famous for. Feel the adrenaline rush as you fly the magnificent vintage warbird trainer with your pilot by your side.
What happens on the day?
On arrival, you’ll be warmly welcomed by the team and your pilot before being kitted out in all the necessary flying gear. A safety briefing will get you up to speed before you climb into the Chipmunks cockpit. From there, it’s nothing but adrenaline as you take off and fly over the stunning Cambridgeshire countryside.
Corporate: The Chipmunk is also available for corporate events. For that extra something on your next corporate day, why not have a short aerobatic flight or a formation experience? Activities can be tailored to your needs; please contact us for more. [email protected].
The de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk is a two-seat, single-engined primary trainer aircraft designed and developed by Canadian aircraft manufacturer de Havilland Canada. It was created shortly after the Second World War and sold in large numbers during the immediate post-war years. It is typically employed as a replacement for the de Havilland Tiger Moth biplane.
The Chipmunk was the first postwar aviation project conducted by de Havilland, Canada. It performed its maiden flight on 22 May 1946 and was introduced to operational service that same year.
During the late 1940s and 1950s, the Chipmunk was procured in large numbers by military air services such as the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), Royal Air Force (RAF), and several other nations’ air forces, where it was often utilised as their standard primary trainer aircraft. The type was produced under licence by de Havilland in the United Kingdom, who would make the vast majority of Chipmunks and OGMA (Oficinas Gerais de Material Aeronáutico) in Portugal.
Below: Chasing the Chippy in the Harvard “Wacky Wabbit” Trying to stick with the Chipmunk and its 145hp De Havilland Gipsy Major engine at a weight of approximately 2000 pounds and the Harvard with 600 horsepower weighing in at around 5700 pounds… on a rough day 😅 it was pretty easy to formate on however I had the power on the Harvard way back which Is not great for the engine so a quick photo opportunity before I powered up and accelerated away!