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"Headcorn Aerodrome"



Headcorn Aerodrome is the last grass wartime airfield left in Kent from which you can experience iconic WW2 aircraft. We have operated from Headcorn Aerodrome since 2014 with World War II aircraft. Its location in the heart of Kent allows us to fly through the same airspace in which the Battle of Britain was fought over 80 years ago.

Headcorn Aerodrome is one of the most popular locations in the world for Fly a Spitfire Experiences as a result of its proximity to the Kent coast. As a result this location provides unbeatable value for overflying the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel Le Ferne and the iconic White Cliffs of Dover. Equally popular landmarks include Leeds Castle as well as Dover Castle, Dover Harbour and Beachy Head. Each landmark serving as a key feature during the Battle of Britain and the relentless attacks by the Luftwaffe.

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Headcorn Aerodrome is the last grass wartime airfield left in Kent coupled with an unspoilt Weald of Kent backdrop, which provides an authentic experience in iconic WW2 aircraft. Use of the grass runway is seasonal, hence flights are only available from March to October of each year. Our customer reception building is a genuine WW2 Dispersal Hut which we have relocated from RAF Bridgnorth.

  • Aerodrome Cafe and Pub available to guests
  • WW2 Grass Runway
  • Private Dispersal Hut lounge and facilities for customers and their guests
  • Panoramic views of a genuine WW2 advanced landing ground
  • No limits or restrictions on numbers of guests
  • Located in the heart of Kent providing unbeatable value for overflying key landmarks
  • Perform aerobatics above the aerodrome for your friends and family to see
  • Local area free from restrictive airspace and commercial air traffic


Headcorn Aerodrome, formerly known as RAF Lashenden, was a prototype for the temporary Advanced Landing Ground airfields that were built in France after D-Day. The need for advanced landing fields was becoming urgent as a result of the Allied forces moving east across France and Germany.

While Headcorn Aerodrome was officially introduced in 1943 it was in fact requisitioned by the Airfields Board in 1942. The RAF named the aerodrome ‘Lashenden’ as an attempt to confuse the enemy. Lashenden is actually several miles to the southwest of the aerodrome. On the 6th August 1943, 127 Wing Royal Canadian Air Force moved in comprising of 403 and 421 Squadrons. Both Squadrons equipped with Spitfire IXb’s and under the command of ‘Johnnie’ Johnson.

The airfield was then passed to the United States 9th Air Force before being upgraded by the construction organisation. On 13th April 1944 the airfield was taken over by the 100th Fighter Wing, 19th Tactical Air Command, 9th Air Force using Shenley House as its headquarters. On 17th April, 354th (Pioneer Mustang) Fighter Group comprising 353rd, 355th and 356th Fighter Squadrons arrived operating the North American P51D Mustang.



We pride ourselves on our personal approach to customer service, we ensure your family and friends are included in the experience. We do not limit or restrict our guests and as a result we achieve fantastic online reviews. For many our flights are the experience of a lifetime. The ultimate bucket list experience


“A Dream Come True!”

Quite literally a dream come true so the expectations were very high and with so much potential for disappointment but the team absolutely nailed it

Tim Maw – SVG Icon Fly in a Spitfire