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Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

2 nights starting from
£399

  • Talk by aviation expert, David W. Lee 

  • A flight in a 1930's De Havilland Dragon Rapide 

  • Historic aircraft in action at the Shuttleworth Collection 

  • Imperial War Museum Duxford

Looking at the story of two historic aerodromes, Shuttleworth Old Warden and Duxford, operated by the Imperial War Museum, this unique weekend allows you to not only enjoy the pageantry of a small historic aircraft show, but includes a short flight on board a famous 1930s plane - a De Havilland DH 89 Dragon Rapide, a short-haul passenger airliner. With a talk from aviation expert David W Lee, this tour is a must for any aircraft enthusiast.

Available Departures

From

03 - August - 2018 Limited Availability Travel Info On Request

Provisional Timings

31 - August - 2018 Limited Availability Travel Info Please Call

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ITINERARY

3rd and 31st August 2018 departures

Day 1:
 Arrive independently at the Marriott Huntingdon from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, and dinner with wine followed by a talk by your host David W Lee. Following a career with Rolls-Royce, David joined the Imperial War Museum at Duxford and was the Deputy Director. During his tenure, there were many exciting developments on site including the impressive AirSpace. Acknowledged as an expert in his field, David is a Past Chairman of the Transport Trust and served on the National Executive of the British Aircraft Preservation Council. He continues to undertake work for IWM Duxford despite his formal retirement. His most recent published work is 'Action Stations Revisited: Airfields of the South East'.

Day 2: IWM Duxford and short Rapide flight.
Today is a full day at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. On arrival we will have a private guided tour, led by David Lee, of the exhibits, including the conservation hangar and the American hangar, where we’ll find a B17 Flying Fortress. The museum has an impressive collection of over 200 aircraft as well as tanks, military vehicles and boats that you have the whole day to fully explore and enjoy. Throughout the day small groups will be taken for the exclusive flight on the De Havilland Dragon Rapide which will take you up and over the aerodrome for approximately 12 minutes. Tonight there will be dinner in the hotel restaurant.


Day 3: Shuttleworth Old Warden visit and airshow.
This morning we will travel to the Shuttleworth (Old Warden) Aerodrome to spend the day watching the historic planes of the Shuttleworth Collection in action in a spectacular flying pageant. The Shuttleworth Collection is designed to create the atmosphere of the 1920s aerodrome, and spans from early pioneering aircraft up to World War II aircraft, with highlights including the Bleriot type XI, identical to the one that first crossed the channel in 1909, and the Bristol Boxkite, which was built for the film Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 48 passengers.

Please note in order to gain access to the De Havilland Dragon Rapide aircraft you will need to climb up 2 steps.

Please note that at Shuttleworth there will be a flying pageant show (weather permitting). As there are no seating places available, we recommend you bring your own folding chair/stool.


Please note: In the unlikely event of the Rapide flight being cancelled for any reason a voucher for a replacement flight only will be issued.

17th August departure

Day 1:
Arrive independently at the Marriott Huntingdon from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, and dinner with wine.

Day 2: Shuttleworth Old Warden visit and airshow.
This morning we will have a talk by your host David W Lee. Following a career with Rolls-Royce, David joined the Imperial War Museum at Duxford and was the Deputy Director. During his tenure, there were many exciting developments on site including the impressive AirSpace. Acknowledged as an expert in his field, David is a Past Chairman of the Transport Trust and served on the National Executive of the British Aircraft Preservation Council. He continues to undertake work for IWM Duxford despite his formal retirement. His most recent published work is 'Action Stations Revisited: Airfields of the South East'. We will then travel to The Shuttleworth Collection, designed to create the atmosphere of the 1920s aerodrome, and spans from early pioneering aircraft up to World War II aircraft, with highlights including the Bleriot type XI, identical to the one that first crossed the channel in 1909, and the Bristol Boxkite, which was built for the film Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines. There will then be an early dinner at a local restaurant before heading back to Shuttleworth Aerodrome to spend the evening watching the special airshow, ‘The Flying Proms’, in which you will see historic planes of the Shuttleworth Collection in action in a spectacular flying pageant accompanied by an orchestra and fireworks. Return to the hotel for approximately 22.45.

Day 3: IWM Duxford and short Rapide flight.
Today is a full day at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. Here, you will have the exclusive flight on the De Havilland Dragon Rapide which will take you up and over the aerodrome for approximately 12 minutes. David Lee will then lead a private guided tour of the exhibits, including the conservation hangar and the American hangar, where we’ll find a B17 Flying Fortress. The museum has an impressive collection of over 200 aircraft as well as tanks, military vehicles and boats that you have the whole day to fully explore and enjoy. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.45.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 48 passengers.

Please note in order to gain access to the De Havilland Dragon Rapide aircraft you will need to climb up 2 steps.

Please note that at Shuttleworth there will be a flying pageant show (weather permitting). As there are no seating places available, we recommend you bring your own folding chair/stool.

Please note: In the unlikely event of the Rapide flight being cancelled for any reason a voucher for a replacement flight only will be issued.

INCLUDED

  • Two nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Marriott Huntingdon, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception 
  • First night private three-course dinner with wine 
  • Second night dinner in the hotel restaurant
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions 
  • Coach transfers and tour manager throughout 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Single room supplement 
  • Extra nights on half board basis
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc 
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTELS

Marriott Huntingdon
The four-star Huntingdon Marriott is located just off the A14 and is an ideal base for this tour. The hotel has an on-site restaurant and bar, perfect to relax in after a long day, as well as a fitness centre. Rooms are comfortable and contemporary with private bathroom with bath/shower, hair dryer, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Complimentary car parking is available at the hotel. 

Marriott Huntingdon website

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Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.  

You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day. 

For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation. 

The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date. 

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Recent Reviews

 

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David and Stephen were excellent Guide and Host, the programme was well planned and organised. The flight in the Rapide was the icing on the cake. Overall this tour was first class, the third such tour that we have done with Travel Editions, highly recommended

Review by Petrie who travelled 01-September-2017


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Excellent

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Excellent time the visits were great fun the talks fantastic and so informative . In fact it exceeded the brochures description thoroughly enjoyed it

Review by Price who travelled 01-September-2017


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An excellent week end which was enjoyed very much!

Review by Mr Ronald Allison who travelled 14-July-2017


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Sunday night menu was rather restricted. Friday evening was evcellent

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Our first outing with Travel Editions. Very impressed with the arrangements and with both the Group Leader and the Speaker/Guide, David Lee.

Review by Mr Ivor Pincombe who travelled 02-September-2016


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Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience - would totally recommend you.

Review by Mrs Ali Wrigley who travelled 02-September-2016


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a very enjoyable holiday overall

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Review by Mr John Davies who travelled 02-September-2016


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Once again a tour at the Travel Editions high standard. Look forward to 2017 I hope we get the themed weekends brochure before we see them in the Telegraph. We are planning two trips next year . All the best John & Jennifer Brock

Review by Mr John Brock who travelled 02-September-2016


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The whole trip was excellent!! The two guides were knowledgable,friendly and helpul. The hotel was a dream,and the food was top class! The whole thing exceeded our expectations-and the flight in the Dragon Rapide was the highlight- we became "The "Dramatic Damsels in the Dragon Rapide!!" 5****** for eveything, we never wanted it to end!! We would love to do more with the company! I would recommend your company to anyone!! Thankyou.

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We really enjoyed this experience. Although on the go it felt quite relaxing at same time. No complaints.

Review by Mrs Pamela Bradley who travelled 05-August-2016


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Excellent experience overall - very good manager/guide team

Review by Mr Andrew Scott who travelled 05-August-2016


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Overall very pleased with the package and lived up to description. A little more information on details like dress code for the dinner with speaker may have been helpful. Knowledgable guides. Thankyou.

Review by Mr Guy Whittle who travelled 05-August-2016


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First time with you. AOK. Several of your other offerings are attractive - trying to match them calendar dates is the challenge.

Review by Mr Kenneth Sims who travelled 05-August-2016


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The only hiccup was finding out we hadn't had all the introduction paperwork which recommended that we bring chairs to sit on while watching the Edwardian Pageant at Old Warden

Review by Mrs Rosemary Bastow who travelled 05-August-2016


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First rate trip with unfussy management and plenty of freedom. Free wine on the first evening was a pleasant surprise.

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Organization excellent. The coach driver was also very helpful and efficient.

Review by Mr Michael Billings who travelled 05-August-2016


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Even the weather was stunning! Maximum enjoyment, Excellent speakers and guides. A magic weekend.

Review by Mr John Williams who travelled 05-August-2016


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Very informative and interesting trip with a wider appeal than might have been the case.

Review by Mr Andrew Hurst who travelled 05-August-2016


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David Lee very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and approachable. Enjoyed how he balanced between hanger tours, flights and free time, always giving clear next meeting and departure times. Rob Owen earned his money as Tour Manager by sorting out the problem with the wrong dated admission tickets for the visit to the Shuttleworth Collection. The food and service were better the previous weekend at The Holiday Inn at Garforth. The tour was much better and more interesting than expected with lots to see. Two very enjoyable days.

Review by Mr Simon Watt-Smith who travelled 05-August-2016


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Excellent except poor diner. Fortunately we ate elsewhere next day. Charge a bit more and get it right next time.

Review by Mr Peter Bentley who travelled 01-July-2016


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The accomodation at Huntingdon was fine but the dinners served with no alternatives offered were very poor indeed. One personal gripe, the hotel failed my requested early call on the last morning and in order to check out and meet the coach departure deadline I had to forgoe breakfast.

Review by Mrs M Smith who travelled 01-July-2016


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Excellent accommodation, really enjoyable weekend helped by the weather! Pity we could not stay longer at Old Warden but being the Sunday we understand the need to get back to our cars. We did note that some of the group drove to Old Warden which gave them the option to leave later. We did not realise this could be done and it would be useful to include this as an option.

Review by Mr Colin Froude who travelled 01-July-2016


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Very enjoyable visit, good accommodation and tour leader.

Review by Mr Anthony Geraghty who travelled 01-July-2016


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The whole weekend was very enjoyable and interesting.However the evening meals were disappointing being very much of the mass produced variety. Is there any possibility of a Whisky tour of Scotland?

Review by Mr James Underwood who travelled 01-July-2016


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Review by Mr Nigel West who travelled 01-July-2016


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A very enjoyable and well organised weekend.

Review by Mr Daniel Wiles who travelled 01-July-2016


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Very enjoyable weekend with lots of interesting things to see and do. David Lee's information and knowledge added to the days though my wife still can't tell a Mk.1 Spitfire from a Mk.5B!

Review by Mr David Blackburn who travelled 01-July-2016


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my wife and I enjoyed the tour enormusly. The tour manager and guide were excellent and knew their subject from A to Z. It was great to have everything paid for in advance, We shall certainly go on some of your other tours.

Review by Mr Morris Davis who travelled 01-July-2016


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Review by Mr John Goulding who travelled 03-October-2015


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A first class weekend tour.The reception and first evening was ideal. The Sunday event at The Shuttleworth collection couldn't have been better especially the weather. The day at Duxford was spoilt by the inclement weather which made it very difficult for the tour manager.

Review by Mr Michael Howe who travelled 03-October-2015


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Very well organised. All participants were aeroplane enthusiasts who were led throughout by experts in the field. Informative and enjoyable. Well done!

Review by Mr G Morris who travelled 03-October-2015


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Review by Mr Clive Brown who travelled 03-October-2015


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A thoroughly enjoyable and well directed Tour. It was a privilege to be able to benefit from David's deep knowledge and long experience of Duxford. Robert was a genial and quietly competent host. All in all a wonderful two days. Thank you very much.

Review by Mr Robert Hirst who travelled 03-October-2015


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Thoroughly enjoyed the stay and visits to Old Warden and Duxford.

Review by Mr R Haven who travelled 03-October-2015


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A most enjoyable few days well organised and nice to meet new people.

Review by Mrs Margaret Graham who travelled 03-October-2015


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We enjoyed this weekend enormously. The only small quibble I have is that I understood that we would be given a program for the Shuttleworth Airshow, but this didn't happen. We tried to find one on the site but couldn't (I guess that was our fault). The program would be most useful in labelling my photos and videos of the airshow. Still, as I said it's a small quibble.

Review by Mrs Ann Moss who travelled 31-July-2015


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Our flight was shorter than advertised.

Review by Mrs Ann Humble who travelled 31-July-2015


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There was a hold up waiting for the flight in the Dragon Rapide, there was nothing your team could do to rectify this situation. In all avery enjoyable experience.

Review by Mr Anthony Howarth who travelled 31-July-2015


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Travel Editions have done it again. A lovely weekend thank you. Mr Lee was a very good guide but we'd have liked more anecdotal stuff rather than the history which was on the information boards in most places.

Review by Mr James Shiels who travelled 31-July-2015


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Very very good loved both locations loved the flight in the Rapide , loved the flying display, I was a great big kid again.

Review by Mr John Harvey who travelled 31-July-2015


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Had a great time but would have loved to have been told in advance that it would have been a good idea to take seats to the Shuttleworth show as there was no seating.

Review by Mrs M Eyles who travelled 31-July-2015


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Very interesting visits with excellent information from Mr Lee. Really enjoyed the flight and the display at Old Warden. The airshow would have been even more enjoyable if folding chairs had been available.

Review by Mrs Susan Roberts who travelled 31-July-2015


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Review by Mr Jeremy Gibbons who travelled 31-July-2015


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Excellent well organised trip, and fantastic weather. Dissapointed with Marriott hotel.

Review by Mrs Anne Hathaway who travelled 31-July-2015


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Review by Mrs Pauline Weller who travelled 08-August-2014


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overall impression was very good

Review by Mr Clive Geary who travelled 08-August-2014


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Review by Mr Douglas Oberheim who travelled 08-August-2014


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A most enjoyable weekend in great company of like-minded people; excellent guides, very comfortable hotel. Shall certainly travel with you again!

Review by Mr Derek Burgess who travelled 08-August-2014


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Overall impression "satisfactory" due to circumstances beyond anyone's control - ie the weather, which sadly made the visit to Shuttleworth a non-event for me, as I have been before to see the static displays. The whole object of the trip for me was to see the flying, which sadly was not to be - but you cannot be blamed for that!

Review by Mrs Yvonne Clutterbuck who travelled 08-August-2014


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Review by Mrs Sue Robinson who travelled 08-August-2014


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Both David and Robert provided all the information we could need about every aspect of the holiday and cope d admirably with the necessary alterations to the timings caused by adverse weather.

Review by Mr Alan Todd who travelled 08-August-2014


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