Once-in-a-lifetime Spitfire flights over East Kent will support Battle of Britain charity

Contributed by editor on Feb 07, 2017 - 06:55 PM

An exciting new link-up between the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust and Aero Legends, a company operating flights in and alongside wartime aircraft, is set to bring new opportunities to both organisations.



The Headcorn-based operator is to support the charity, which cares for the National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne, by giving a donation whenever a flight is booked through the Trust.

Aero Legends will also offer free entry to any one of the summer events at Headcorn aerodrome to anyone who pays to visit the Trust’s new Scramble Experience at The Wing, the visitor centre at the Memorial.

A spitfire above the Battle of Britain Memorial  at Capel-le-Ferne Photo: Richard Paver Photography

A number of other joint offers and promotions have been agreed by the two organisations, both of which pay tribute to the bravery and sacrifice shown by the men of the RAF during the aerial conflict of 1940.


Aero Legends

Aero Legends, which was named Start Up Business of the Year at the Kent Excellence In Business Awards in 2016, offers a range of airborne experiences, from flying in a Tiger Moth or Harvard – training aircraft for future WW2 fighter pilots – to taking to the skies in a genuine Spitfire T9.

The flights from Headcorn regularly take in the National Memorial to the Few on the cliffs at Capel-le-Ferne, and Aero Legends’ Ben Perkins was keen to forge stronger links between the two organisations.

“The Trust does a fantastic job preserving the memory of the men who flew these wonderful aircraft and we are happy to give something back to the charity,” he said.

“There are clear links between the Trust’s goals and our ambitions and we are delighted that we help attract visitors to the Memorial when we are flying overhead. If some of those visitors want to sign up for the ultimate experience of flying in a Spitfire it seems only fair to donate some of the cost back to the charity.”

Trust chairman Richard Hunting CBE commented: “There is no better sight than a classic fighter flying over the National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne and we are always pleased to see Aero Legends’ aircraft overhead.

“I am thrilled that the company now wants to help us further by supporting our fund-raising efforts in a number of ways. I am sure this will prove to be a fruitful arrangement.”

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