Sit in our Spitfire
Sit in our Spitfire
Join one of our expert IWM guides in a unique opportunity to sit inside the cockpit of an airworthy combat veteran Mark 1 Spitfire. N3200 flew with 19 Squadron from Duxford, where it was unfortunately shot down and crash landed on a beach, sinking into the sand and eventually recovered over 45 years later.
The experience will begin with a 20-minute talk outside the aircraft exploring the history of N3200, including its role at Dunkirk and subsequent restoration to flying condition. We will also take a wider look at the role of Fighter Command in the Battle of Britain and the important role played by Spitfires in the summer of 1940.
You’ll then spend 15 minutes inside the cockpit where you’ll be shown the controls and immerse yourself in the conditions experienced by the brave men of Fighter Command. You’ll also be able to have your photo taken by friends and family while in the cockpit.
The experience will be held with Spitfire N3200 in the Conservation Hall of our AirSpace building for dates in August and September. From October the experiences will be held in Hangar 4, our Battle of Britain Exhibition.
- Each time slot is for one person as we are only able to allow access to the aircraft one at a time. If you are looking to book for more than one person, we'd recommend that you book consecutive time slots.
- Tickets must be purchased in advance, they are not available to purchase on the day.
- Ticket does not include admission to IWM Duxford, which must be purchased separately.
- Access to the inside of the Spitfire is limited due to the nature of the aircraft.
- To access the cockpit, you must be physically fit to be able to climb via a step onto the wing and then into the cockpit.
- If your guide feels it is not safe or possible for you to access the cockpit of the Spitfire, then we reserve the right to refuse access.
- Customers who have a concern regarding their ability to access the aircraft should contact us in advance to discuss their needs.