Duxford airfield dates back to 1918, when following the first world war it was retained by the RAF as a training base. This later became reclassified as a fighter station from 1923, to which Duxford then served as a vital role in supporting Britain’s air defence.
Now in peace time, Duxford airfield marks a token to the history which took place and remains a live airfield to a number of civilian operations.
Why fly at Duxford?
Duxford is situated in a prime location. As well as it’s great history, flights from Duxford are less impacted by airspace restrictions, which is what makes Duxford such an attractive base and an ideal spot for both flight training and experiences.
All within 40 miles of North London, Duxford has proven to be a suitable training base for everyone from Private Pilots Licence (PPL) students to licence holders alike. What’s more you’ll be flying in the circuit with war birds such as the famed Spitfire.
Duxford experience flights
Duxford provides the perfect setting for a historically rich flight experience, allowing you the opportunity to take full advantage of Europe’s largest air museums.
The flight experience will have you soaring to the skies to re-live the moments that many young pilots experienced as they embarked on their sorties during the war. All in the comfort of our luxury equipped tourer.
Experience includes either:
• 20 minute flight for you and two guests*
• 30 minute flight for you and two guests*
• Free entry into IWM with half price discount for your guests
• First flight certificate
Training at Duxford
Duxford is a well facilitated airfield offering pilots the luxury of both hard and grass runway availability. Not only that but with accessibility to briefing rooms, which date back to war time and the thrill of mixing lessons with some iconic aircraft, it makes learning to fly at Duxford a really unique training experience.
With large amounts of unrestricted airspace in close proximity, Duxford enables students to maximise their lesson time, which has a great impact on the progression of their Private Pilot training.
Explore the collections
Duxford’s Imperial War Museum (IWM) includes a wealth of information and a wide collection of aircraft and stories on display, from those who have lived, fought, and died in conflict. From the first world war though to present day, you’ll be sure to leave your visit having gained fascinating insight into the history of aviation.
Since Duxford also remains a live airfield, this means visitors may also have the opportunity to see a number of iconic war birds in action—a great addition to the static exhibits.
Hear what others are saying about their experience
I have been a member of Cambridge Aero Club since 2020 and am currently doing my PPL. When I was asked if I’d be interested in flying from Duxford too, I jumped at the chance. When turning up to Duxford the parking is smooth and easy, free entry means I can engross myself in looking around the IWM before or after a lesson. Being able to use one of the original buildings from WW2 to brief before and after our lessons just adds to the great vibe from flying at Duxford, and It also feels even more exciting being up in the air or doing circuits amongst some amazing aircraft is the cherry on top!
I’ve been training with Cambridge Aeroclub for a year, recently flying out of Duxford. Duxford is a great airfield to fly out of, home to many vintage aircrafts and warbirds. There is nothing that motivates me to fly to the best of my abilities more than sharing the skies with Spitfires, P51 Mustangs and the occasional Messerschmitt. My flying instructor is absolutely amazing, very patient, explains everything very clearly before we fly, employs a light touch feedback in the air and thoroughly debriefs me after every flight. I couldn’t want for better.