Manston Spitfire Experience

The Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum in Manston, England, houses two historic aircraft among their collection – a Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI and a Hawker Hurricane IIC. The TB 752 is one of the few surviving Spitfires with a wartime record and was fully restored in 1981. The Hurricane’s restoration took place in 1988. In total, the 2 restorations took a massive 37,000 man hours!

Annie Wilcox dressed in flying gear at Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum Annie Wilcox flying at the The Manston Spitfire Experience Annie Wilcox at the The Manston Spitfire Experience in the cockpit

I also was treated to taking part in the ’Manston Spitfire Experience’ – a Spitfire Simulator. You use authentic WWII controls, take off, fly and land an Mk XVI Spitfire around the London area whilst sitting in a realistic cockpit. I am pleased to say, I didn’t crash, did get into a spin, but did have lots of help from my instructor Steve!  Check out my flying skills below while travelling with a camera…

You can read more about this fabulous museum and history of the aircraft on their website – well worth a visit. Entry is free, donations welcome plus there is a great cafe in the museum.

spitfire aeroplane in Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum spitfire aeroplane at Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museumview from the cockpit at the The Manston Spitfire Experience cockpit view at The Manston Spitfire Experience
airman memorial statue at Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum Spitfire propeller at RAF Manston Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum
Annie Wilcox flying at the The Manston Spitfire ExperienceAnnie Wilcox dressed as Biggles by a Spitfire at Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museumairman memorial statue at Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum
simulator at The Manston Spitfire Experience

 

 

 

 

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