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Flight in an historic RAF De Havilland Devon from Headcorn Aerodrome
Brenzett Aeronautical Museum
Hawkinge Battle of Britain Museum
Capel-le-Ferne Memorial to the Few
Our Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines tour has been one of our most popular tours for the past two or three years and we have been looking for another aviation experience that we felt could match it. With our More Magnificent Men tour, based in Kent, we believe we have found it. Again accompanied throughout by aviation expert David W. Lee, the tour’s highlight is a flight in a vintage RAF de Havilland Devon eight-seater aircraft over the lovely Kent countryside, including lovely Leeds Castle. This scenic flight is a nostalgic throwback to the dawn of mass air travel, when the de Havilland Devon (known as the Dove) was THE short haul passenger airliner to be seen in during the 1950s and was used by many airlines. It remained part of the Royal Flight until the 1970s and was recently featured in the Netflix production of “The Crown.” This fascinating new tour also includes a wealth of aviation sights reflecting the area’s pivotal role in World War II.
Day 1: Arrive independently from 15.00
This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and a talk from aviation expert, David W. Lee.
Day 2: Flight in a RAF De Havilland aircraft, Lashenden Air Warfare Museum, Romney Marsh Wartime Collection and Brenzett Aeronautical Museum
The highlight of this tour is undoubtedly the flight in a RAF De Havilland aircraft at Headcorn, where there will also be plenty of time to look at the on-site Lashenden Air Warfare Museum, whose collection includes an original V1 Flying Bomb. Your day will also include a visit to the Romney Marsh Wartime Collection of wartime equipment, remains from crash sites and memorabilia at the Brenzett Aeronautical Museum. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 3: Hawkinge Battle of Britain Museum, Battle of Britain Memorial and Manston
Our first visit of the day is to the Hawkinge Battle of Britain Museum which holds the largest Battle of Britain collection in the world with artefacts from over 700 crashed aircraft. Our next visit is to the moving Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne, which honours the heroes of the Battle of Britian, set on the white cliffs overlooking the Channel. Finally, to the Spitfire and Hurricane Museum at Manston, which houses TB752, one of the few surviving Spitfires with a wartime record and the LF751 Hurricane, which was built at Langley in 1944 (or the adjacent RAF Museum if you prefer) before returning to the hotel for approximately 17.30.
VIP NB. In the unlikely event of the Devon flight being cancelled for any reason a voucher for a replacement flight only will be issued.
Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 48 passengers.
Ashford International Hotel
Modern, four-star hotel, located on the outskirts of Ashford, perfectly situated to visit the various sites on the itinerary. Facilities at this well-appointed hotel include a bar, restaurant, health club with indoor pool and very comfortable bedrooms with free wifi and all modern amenities.
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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