The 1950’s Military Trainer Experience


The Chipmunk brings back fond memories for many people who did their air cadet flying in this iconic aircraft. Introduced in the 1950’s it was the RAF primary trainer until the 1970s, and stayed with the military until the 1980s, for the air cadets.

A favourite with pilots who love her elegant flying style. Our Chippy began its service in Edinburgh in 1952, was civilianised and rebuilt at Duxford in 2000 after several years in storage, and is continuing its life now at Compton. Chipmunk flights are operated by DH Heritage Aviation Limited who are based at Compton Abbas Airfield.

Please make sure you read through all our terms and conditions before purchasing or booking a flight. Please note that the weight limit on the Chipmunk is 16 stone and the minimum age is 14.

You or your recipient will be emailed a pdf copy of your experience voucher. You can also choose to have a gift-wrapped hard copy of your voucher posted to yourself or direct to the recipient.
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What does the experience involve?

Start your day by coming in to the Flying School and meeting the vintage team. We’ll ask you to fill out a couple of forms. We’ll then introduce you to your pilot and ground crew and you’ll receive a briefing on safety, the aircraft and its controls as well as choose the area you want to fly over. After cruising around at 2000ft you’ll return to base and watch your pilot execute a smooth landing back at Compton. Use this opportunity to take a few photographs, and then finish the experience off by receiving a certificate, to prove to your friends and family that you have done it! If you would like to then we can organise a video of your entire flight which you can purchase as a memento.

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Because we own and operate the whole airfield here at Compton – we can offer you some of the best prices in the South of England. Why not make a day of it and book a table for lunch or afternoon tea? Uniquely, friends and family can join in the whole experience, from listening in on the briefing to watching the take off and landing from the runway terrace. Just call us if you have any requests and we’ll tailor make the day for you.

Booking your Experience

When you purchase your experience on our website you are purchasing a voucher. After completing the checkout you will be emailed your voucher which can then be redeemed against the experience that you’ve chosen. After you’ve received your voucher, you can check availability and book your experience by calling us on 01747 811767 or emailing

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Experience vouchers are emailed to you after you’ve completed your purchase. If you are buying an experience as a gift and would also like to receive a hard copy of your voucher, please get in touch. Vouchers are non-returnable. For full terms please see our Terms & Conditions page.