Spitfire Study Day at Biggin Hill

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.

Itinerary 2021

Day 1

Paul Beaver is the author of two major works on the Spitfire, is a member of the Spitfire Society and lectures regularly on the development and service life of the world's most iconic aeroplane. He even has 6 years of Spitfire flying in his log book.

10.00 - Meet at Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar

10.15 - Introductory lecture by Paul Beaver

11.00 - Coffee break

11.15 - Go behind the scenes with a tour of the hangar, led by an engineer who works with the Spitfires

12.30 - Buffet-style lunch in the hangar

13.30 - Paul Beaver lecture

14.30 - Sit in a Spitfire – photographer John Goodman will take photographs (chargeable)

15.30 - Spitfire engine start up

16.00 - Day will finish

Lectures

The Spitfire and the Battle of Britain
Biggin Hill and Spitfire operations
Wartime developments to the Spitfire

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Andante Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - All meals included with water (wine with dinners)
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in program; tips included

When they’re not travelling around the world with us, hot on the trail of historical knowledge, we know that our guests are a busy lot. But take just one day, and you’d be surprised what you can do — that’s why we’ve condensed all the startling revelations and expert insight you’d expect from our tours into single Study Days, right here in the UK. We update our list regularly, so be sure to keep an eye out!

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2021 Tour Details

$225
  • 1 Days
  • 4th May - 4th May 2021
  • with Colonel Paul Beaver
  • Code: AXSP210504
  • Available
  • without flights
$225
  • 1 Days
  • 3rd Aug - 3rd Aug 2021
  • with Colonel Paul Beaver
  • Code: AXSP210803
  • Available
  • without flights

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