30 Minute Tour
Being transported to Vintage Flying's lovely 1930's themed pre-flight area where you will be briefed to ensure your safety whilst flying in the aeroplane. When you're ready you will take off from Derby Airfield in a genuine vintage Tiger Moth, flying across Derby's landmarks like Tutbury Castle, Sudbury Hall and The River Dove.
75 Minute Tour
You will take off from Derby Airfield in a genuine vintage Tiger Moth and head out to the north, keeping Sheffield on your right-hand side until you turn and fly down the Howden, Derwent and Ladybower reservoirs and dams at approximately 500 feet. These formed part of 617 Squadron’s practice route which they flew in advance of the Dambusters raid.
One of Vintage Flying's aeroplanes is an original wartime-built trainer, the other being a pre-war aeroplane with the distinction of having been one of the very few Tiger Moths to be landed on an aircraft carrier. This means that whichever aeroplane you're in, you will be sitting in the hero's seat. Throughout the flight, your experienced flying instructor will then demonstrate to you the different effects that small movements can have on the plane's altitude and direction. You'll even be invited to take the stick to try and fly yourself.
There will also be a photographer there to take photos of the flyer close to the aeroplane and sitting in it, the start-up of the engine, the ‘chocks away’ moment and a sequence of take-off shots. All photos are put onto an SD card with a small gift pouch, to cherish all those fantastic memories.