Thunder through the air in a Spitfire

Goodwood is hosting guests for a very special aeronautical adventure

The Lanesborough is offering Spitfire experiences at Goodwood for its guests, from April 1 to November 10
The Lanesborough is offering Spitfire experiences at Goodwood for its guests, from April 1 to November 10

At Goodwood’s annual Revival festival in September, the Spitfires are the star attraction of the airfield, their flights drawing gasps from the onlookers. For a while now, it has been possible to fly in one of these magnificent second-world-war machines, but now The Lanesborough is joining forces with the Sussex estate to offer the adrenaline-fuelled experience for its guests (€10,035, about £8,850, for two).

The flights go over the Sussex countryside, where Spitfires played a crucial role in the Battle of Britain
The flights go over the Sussex countryside, where Spitfires played a crucial role in the Battle of Britain
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The 20-minute flight taking off from Goodwood’s grassy runway will thunder at speeds of up to 300mph over the Sussex countryside – the airspace that witnessed the Spitfires play a crucial role in the Battle of Britain.

Speeds of up to 300mph will be reached on the 20-minute flights
Speeds of up to 300mph will be reached on the 20-minute flights
Those brave enough can ask the pilot to perform some aero-acrobatics
Those brave enough can ask the pilot to perform some aero-acrobatics

Hear the roar of the 1,500hp Rolls-Royce Merlin engines, feel the power that made these beasts Britain’s most famous fighter aircraft, and, for the strong of stomach, ask for the aero-acrobatics to be taken full throttle. 

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The Lanesborough is offering the adventure from April 1 to November 10 (only available Tuesdays-Thursdays). After a night at the hotel, guests will be driven to Goodwood in Mercedes S-Class style before enjoying lunch at The Kennels. When you’re back on terra firma you’ll receive a 360-degree video of the experience.

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