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THE AERODROMES

We operate from three carefully selected Aerodromes ticking all boxes for getting the most out of your flight experience. Specific qualities include the most affordable location in the UK to reach genuine uncontrolled Battle of Britain Airspace and scenery including world famous White Cliffs of Dover and Battle of Britain Memorial Capel-Le-Ferne and spectacular views over London. All of our aerodromes are Family friendly with great facilities including cafés, restaurants, bars, museums, runway viewing areas and free parking to name a few.

HEADCORN AERODROME

Lashenden (Headcorn) Aerodrome, the last grass wartime airfield left in Kent, offers our customers the opportunity to experience the iconic British aircraft of World War II.

Aero Legends have been operating flight experiences in and with the training and combat aircraft that the RAF used during WWII from Headcorn Aerodrome since 2014. Its location in the heart of Kent allows passengers to travel through the same airspace in which the Battle of Britain was fought so furiously 75 years previously.

Its close proximity to the coast allows for tours of the White Cliffs of Dover in these vintage aircraft and subsequently the Battle of Britain memorial at Capel-le-Ferne, which pays tribute to the Few. Other popular landmarks include Leeds Castle, as well as Dover Castle and Dover Harbour, which served as a key feature on the frontline of the Battle of Britain being relentlessly attacked by the Luftwaffe.

RAF Lashenden became a prototype for the temporary Advanced Landing Ground airfields that were built in France after D-Day, when the need for advanced landing fields became urgent as the Allied forces moved east across France and Germany.

While the Aerodrome was officially introduced in 1943, the Airfields Board requisitioned it in 1942. The RAF named the aerodrome Lashenden, which was an attempt to confuse the enemy as Lashenden is actually to the southwest of the field. On the 6th August 1943, 127 Wing Royal Canadian Air Force moved in comprising of 403 and 421 Squadrons equipped with Spitfire 1Xb’s under the command of ‘Johnnie’ Johnson.

The airfield was then passed over to the United States 9th Air Force and 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 recommend that anyone attending any Aero Legends flight experiences park in the main car park and make their way down to our building next to the museum.

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.

SYWELL AERODROME

Aero Legends have been offering their full range of flight experiences from the picturesque Sywell Aerodrome from 2015. As they say, ‘you can fly well at Sywell’

Set in the heart of Northamptonshire, Sywell boasts one of the best General Aviation Airfields in the United Kingdom. With superb airfield facilities and a wonderful Art Deco styled Hotel, it is easy to see why many pilots consider this one of the finest fly-in destinations.

Aero Legends offer a full range of war bird flight experiences from Sywell, with Tiger Moths G-PWBE and G-ANMO maintained, and G-ANDE under restoration there. Indeed many see Sywell as ‘home’ for the recently acquired and restored T6-G G-DDMV. Naturally in the idyllic setting of Northamptonshire there are a number of popular local landmarks to view from the sky, including the former RAF bases and current racetracks at Silverstone and Santa Pod. Other landmarks include Brixworth Country Park which offers fantastic views of the Pitsford Waters, as well as Rockingham Castle and Althrop house.

Sywell itself is unusual in having remained in private ownership since its founding 87 years ago and in providing flying training facilities throughout that time. Sywell played a key role in the training of RAF pilots as Britain rapidly expanded the Royal Air Force from the mid 1930s. During the Second World War activities at Sywell included the expansion of flying training, repairs to 1,841 of the RAF’s Wellington bombers and completion and flight-testing of some 260 Lancaster Mk 2 four-engined bombers. Approximately 2,500 wartime RAF Commonwealth and Allied pilots were trained at Sywell; the Aerodrome was also the centre for training the “Free French” pilots who had escaped to England from occupied France.

We recommend that anyone attending any Aero Legends flight experiences park in the museum car park and make their way down to our building along the flightline.