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"Fighter Jet Experience"

Fly a Fighter Jet

Fly a Fighter Jet experiences now available with the only Civil Aviation Authority approved operator, Jet Legends. Be a fighter pilot for the day, experience real “Top Gun” style flying in an Ex-Military Strikemaster jet aircraft. Fly from our base at North Weald Airfield, home of the last front line combat unit No. 111 Squadron RAF flying Hawker Hunters.

We are privileged to be the first and only approved operator providing Ex-Military jet experiences in the UK. Members of the public can now experience outstanding and significant ex-military jet aircraft first hand. Anyone who meets the entry requirements can take a Fighter Jet Experience. You’re able to secure your flying date now with a £475 deposit, balance due 30 days before you fly.

In late 2022, we opened the calendar for passenger flights in the iconic BAC Strikemaster. We have now started flying those who had already secured their flying date. Those who are ready to be a fighter pilot for the day can now book with confidence.

 

30 MINUTE EX-MILITARY JET – FLIGHT EXPERIENCE (NORTH WEALD)

Fly a Fighter Jet experiences now available with the only Civil Aviation Authority approved operator, Jet Legends. Be a fighter pilot for the day, experience real “Top Gun” style flying in an Ex-Military Strikemaster jet aircraft.. If you are ready to be a fighter pilot for the day, select your date now!

  • Pay just £475 deposit to secure your 2024 flight – Click on ‘Buy & Book’ below to buy and book your flying date
  • Click on ‘Buy a Voucher’ to purchase a flight voucher & make a flight booking at a later date

from £2250

Fly in an ex-military Strikemaster jet from our base at North Weald Airfield, Essex. This Strikemaster jet experience is the only one of its kind available in the UK and is fully approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. The experience will last for around 30 minutes, with 20 minutes airborne. 
All flights include a detailed pre-flight briefing, covering the aircraft, equipment and safety procedures.
All passengers will be fully kitted out with high quality military flying clothing and equipment and receive a comprehensive briefing on the LIVE ejection seats.
You will be given the opportunity to discuss and plan the route and content of your flight with your Jet Legends pilot, to ensure you get everything you want out of your time
in the Strikemaster jet.
Your flight will be operated from the 2000-meter tarmac runway at North Weald, which was once home to the RAF Red Arrows predecessors, the Black Arrows.
You will have the opportunity to experience a range of aerobatic and combat manoeuvres, pulling as much as 4.5g.
Additionally, you will be offered the chance to fly the aircraft yourself and you will take home a signed print of ‘your Strikemaster’ as a lasting reminder of your experience.
In-flight video options and flight length extensions are available to pre-book online, or upgrade on the day.

35 MINUTE EX-MILITARY JET – MAXIMUM G EXPERIENCE (NORTH WEALD)

Fly a Fighter Jet experiences now available with the only Civil Aviation Authority approved operator, Jet Legends. Be a fighter pilot for the day, experience real “Top Gun” style flying in an Ex-Military Strikemaster jet aircraft.. If you are ready to be a fighter pilot for the day, select your date now!

  • Pay just £475 deposit to secure your 2024 flight – Click on ‘Buy & Book’ below to buy and book your flying date

from £2750

Fly in an ex-military Strikemaster jet from our base at North Weald Airfield, Essex. This Strikemaster jet experience is the only one of its kind available in the UK and is fully approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. This ‘Maximum G Experience’ includes additional time to experience and fly sustained high G, aerobatic and combat manoeuvres, and plenty of opportunity for you to get some hands-on flying experience of the aircraft. The experience will last for around 35 minutes, with 25 minutes airborne.

All flights include a detailed pre-flight briefing, covering the aircraft, equipment and safety procedures. All passengers will be fully kitted out with high quality military flying clothing and equipment and receive a comprehensive briefing on the LIVE ejection seats. You will be given the opportunity to discuss and plan the route and content of your flight with your Jet Legends pilot, to ensure you get everything you want out of your time in the Strikemaster jet. Your flight will be operated from the 2000-meter tarmac runway at North Weald, which was once home to the RAF Red Arrows predecessors, The Black Arrows. and you will take home a signed print of ‘your Strikemaster’ as a lasting reminder of your experience. In-flight video options and flight length extensions are available to pre-book online, or upgrade on the day.

30 MINUTE EX-MILITARY JET – RED ARROWS STYLE FORMATION EXPERIENCE (NORTH WEALD)

Fly in one of a pair of ex-military Strikemaster jets from our base at North Weald Airfield, Essex. This Strikemaster jet formation flying experience is the only one of its kind available in the UK and is fully approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. The experience will last for around 30 minutes, with 20 minutes airborne.

New for 2024, you will be able to experience ‘Red Arrow’ style formation flying. Fly alongside a member of your family, a friend or another jet enthusiast and experience up to 4.5 G during formation display and aerobatic sequences. You will have a unique experience, during a flight tailored to your requirements, sitting alongside one of our highly experienced, CAA approved, ex-military display pilots. All flights include a detailed pre-flight briefing, covering the aircraft, equipment and safety procedures. All passengers will be fully kitted out with high quality military flying clothing and equipment and receive a comprehensive briefing on the LIVE ejection seats. You will be given the opportunity to discuss and plan the route and content of your flight with your Jet Legends pilot, to ensure you get everything you want out of your time in the Strikemaster jet. Your flight will be operated from the 2000-meter tarmac runway at North Weald, which was once home to the RAF Red Arrows predecessors, The Black Arrows. While airborne, you will be offered the chance to fly the aircraft yourself and you will take home a signed print of ‘your Strikemaster’ as a lasting reminder of your experience. In-flight video options and flight length extensions are available to pre-book online, or upgrade on the day. The price is per person and only a limited number of dates are available for this unique experience, so check now to see if there is a date that works for you.

 from £2750

ARRIVAL

Upon arrival at North Weald airfield, proceed to ‘The Squadron’. The guard house have printed maps of the airfield and offer valuable guidance about driving around the active airfield to The Squadron Venue. Once you reach the Squadron, please proceed for check-in where you will be greeted by the Jet Legends staff.

YOUR AIRCRAFT

The BAC Strikemaster is a weaponised counter-insurgency and light attack aircraft. The ultimate development of the Jet Provost and predecessor to the Hawk, the Strikemaster is equipped with an uprated Rolls-Royce Viper turbo-jet engine, a strengthened airframe and wing hard-points and fuel tanks together with a completely new communications and navigational system in the cockpit alongside dual ejection seats.

PHOTO AND VIDEO

The Strikemaster aircraft you will be flying in is equipped with a number of cameras. The footage from these cameras can be purchased as an extra any time up to the time of your flight. Loose articles and personal cameras cannot be taken onboard the aircraft for safety reasons. Spectators and family members are welcome to take photos and videos from the ample viewing areas assigned at North Weald Airfield

BAC Strikemaster Fighter Jet

The BAC Strikemaster is a weaponised counter-insurgency and light attack aircraft. The ultimate development of the Jet Provost and predecessor to the Hawk, the Strikemaster is equipped with an uprated Rolls-Royce Viper turbo-jet engine, a strengthened airframe and wing hard-points and fuel tanks together with a completely new communications and navigational system in the cockpit alongside dual ejection seats.

 General Statistics

  • Crew: 2
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rolls-Royce Viper Mk.535 turbojet, 3,140 lbf thrust
  • Maximum speed: 481 mph at 18,000 ft
  • Stall speed: 98 mph flaps down
  • Top speed: 518 mph
  • Range: 1,350 mi
  • Combat range: 145 mi combat radius: with 3,000 lb weapons, lo-lo-lo profile
  • Service ceiling: 40,000 ft
  • Rate of climb: 5,250 ft/min
  • Guns: 2× 7.62 mm machine guns with 550 rounds each
  • Hardpoints: 4 (2 per wing) with a capacity of 3,000 lb (1,400 kg) of bombs, machine gun pods, air-to-ground rocket pods, fuel drop tanks, and napalm tanks.

Pilots

As with Aero Legends, you’ll be flying with the elite. Our pilots are some of the very best in the world having flown with the Red Arrows, as RAF fast jet pilots and Military instructors.

Jet Legends is led by Sean Chiddention, a previous member of the Red Arrows, Jaguar Pilot and Officer Commanding Central Flying School Examining Wing. In the Red Arrows Sean flew as numbers 2, 7 and 6, completing final year as Leader of the Synchro Pair and flew a total of 343 public displays.

Joining Sean is Charlie Brown, a familiar face from Aero Legends. As well as some 2000 hours in Spitfires, Charlie brings with him extensive Jet, Instructional and passenger flying experience amassed from 39 years with the Royal Air Force. We pride ourselves on the calibre of our pilots, ensuring you are always in safe hands!

Location

Aero Legends operate flying experiences from our historic and newly refurbished facility, ‘The Squadron’ at North Weald Airfield

North Weald Airfield was an important fighter station during the First and Second World War, specifically the Battle of Britain when it was known as the RAF Station RAF North Weald. North Weald Airfield was established in the summer of 1916 during the First World War by the Royal Flying Corps which later became Royal Air Force. During the interwar period, the RAF built large hangars and accommodation for the RAF personnel. North Weald Airfield played an important part in the air defence strategy for the United Kingdom during the Second World War.

Initially Hawker Hurricanes were deployed at the airfield, alongside Bristol Blenheim night fighters. The Hurricanes from North Weald saw action over the beaches of Dunkirk and played a key role in the Battle of Britain. In 1940, two American Eagle Squadrons moved into North Weald supplied with Spitfires. A couple of years later, Norwegian squadrons were reassigned to the airfield.

Following the war, jet fighter squadrons were based at North Weald. The sight of Gloster Meteors and de Havilland Vampire fighters in the west Essex skies was commonplace from 1949. The last front line combat unit, No. 111 Squadron RAF flying Hawker Hunters, the famous Black Arrows of 22 loop formation fame, left North Weald in 1958. North Weald Airfield now offers our passengers year round flying capability from its two long Tarmac runways, iconic original World War Two infrastructure and spectacular views over London immediately after take off.

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