Take to the skies and experience aviation history in three iconic planes

Goodwood’s Flying Through The Ages offers a thrilling aeronautical adventure both in the air and on the ground

The 1943 Harvard Warbird plane was flown by British pilots during the second world war
The 1943 Harvard Warbird plane was flown by British pilots during the second world war | Image: Mike Caldwell

Pop on the flying goggles and buckle up for a Goodwood flying experience that will be hard to beat. Introduced as part of the Goodwood Flying School’s 50th anniversary celebrations, Flying Through the Ages offers a rare chance to take the controls of three remarkable planes – a Harvard Warbird, a Piper Super Cub and a Cessna – all in one day (£1,195 per person).

Dating from 1954, the Piper Super Cub, with its single engine and simple “stick and rudder control” is a favourite with pilots
Dating from 1954, the Piper Super Cub, with its single engine and simple “stick and rudder control” is a favourite with pilots

The unique full-day experience includes three flights (35 minutes airborne for each) in iconic planes spanning aviation history. Feel the roar of the 1943 Harvard Warbird engine, used by British pilots during the second world war, as you soar over the Sussex countryside. Discover why the 1954 Piper Super Cub, with its single engine and simple “stick and rudder control” is a favourite with pilots, as you swoop over the Duke of Richmond’s 12,000 acres and 300-year-old house. Taking to the skies for a final flight in a state-of-the-art Cessna, your guest can now climb on board for a serene flight over the breathtaking South Downs.

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This experience also includes breakfast and lunch, plus a private tour of the aerodrome exploring the history of the second world war airfield, a visit to the engineering and aircraft hangers – which house over 100 small aircraft – plus a meeting with the aviation team working behind the scenes and a bespoke set of souvenir flight overalls. 

The day includes a flight over the stunning South Downs in a state-of-the-art Cessna
The day includes a flight over the stunning South Downs in a state-of-the-art Cessna

Flying Through The Ages will immerse you in all that is wonderful about aviation,” says aerodrome general manager Dave Ford. “The opportunity to fly three unique, different designs, depicting aviation’s development over decades, is off the charts. This is a great experience for flyers and non-flyers alike.” 

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