SPITFIRES.COM, A TRADING NAME OF BOULTBEE FLIGHT ACADEMY LTD
Established in 2011 the Spitfires.com, formerly Boultbee Flight Academy was, and remains to this day, the only recognised Spitfire flight school in the world. The Academy initially offered training only to pilots, but in 2015 became the first organisation ever to be granted permission to carry passengers in two-seat Spitfires.
The school now flies some1000+ non-pilots per year from their HQ at Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex. They have expanded operations to take in new locations across the UK and recently completed the only 100% real-cockpit, surround vision Spitfire simulator in the world.
The combination of simulator, training school and flight experience operation will help to secure not only the future of the iconic Spitfire but of those who fly it. At Boultbee a growing family of pilots share their wealth of experience in flying these beautiful machines, ensuring that operations conducted on 1930s aircraft can be done to the safety levels demanded in the C.21st aviation industry.
- The Battle of Britain flypast was a large public event held to commemorate 75 years since victory in the Battle of Britain
- Held at Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex, itself an operational airfield during the conflict, over 35,000 people attended on the day
- Two 60-minute feature documentaries were recorded ‘as-live’ at the event and broadcast to an audience of X million people on Channel 4 in the UK
- The Spitfire Scholarship was a partnership started with the Endeavour Fund and Rolls-Royce in 2012
- The programme itself was launched by Prince Harry in February 2013
- The scholarship provided the opportunity for two injured ex-servicemen to train to fly a Spitfire
- The programme culminated in a presentation ceremony at the Royal Geographic Society by the Dukes of Sussex and Cambridge