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Since 2011, the Heritage Hangar at Biggin Hill airport has been home to several airworthy Spitfires, as well as a collection of other fine vintage warbirds. This exclusive experience gives you the chance to get up close to these simply wonderful machines and actually sit in one too. The Spitfire, which was nearly called the Shrew, was designed by RJ Mitchell, who sadly only lived long enough to see the prototype fly. We think if he could join you on this experience he'd be immensely proud of the place his Spitfires hold in the nation's heart and the emotive reactions they provoke in people.
As well as hangaring four flying Spitfires (Mk IV TA805, MK912, TD314 and MkXVI RW382) and the Hurricane MkI AE977, the talented team also undertakes restoration work, with two Spitfire airframes currently sitting in the hangar being transformed back to their former glory. You will get privileged access to see the works going on, without the restrictions of flight-line barriers and have plenty of time to ask questions and take pictures, so whether you've always wanted to know why the wings are elliptical, or where you find spare parts for those glorious Merlin engines, you can pose all your queries to the skilful technicians.
However, the highlight of this static experience has to be the moment you will realise your dream of sitting in the cockpit of the Mk9 Supermarine Spitfire TA805. This plane is well-known above the skies of Kent and beyond, as she often participates in air displays and it's a real thrill for any aircraft fan to be able to experience what it's really like in the 'hot seat' of a Spitfire. Don't forget, you won't find these 'Sit in a Spit' aeroplane experiences anywhere else!