The Open Cockpit Biplane Experience


This iconic 1940’s Boeing Stearman was used in its primary years as a Military Trainer in the US Navy. With top speeds of up to 220km/h this striking aircraft with its blue and yellow colour scheme is a delight to fly in. Feel the wind in your hair at 2000ft above sea level! Operated by DH Heritage Aviation who are based at Compton Abbas Airfield. For a really special treat why not choose our American Duo package? Enjoy flights in both the Chipmunk and the Stearman, with lunch, bubbles and inflight videos included too.

Please note the maximum weight limit on the Bi Plane is 18 stone, please check the weight of the person flying before purchase to avoid disappointment.

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What does the experience involve?

Start your day with an introduction to the ground crew and your pilot, in our Vintage Flight Room. You’ll get kitted out in a military issue flight suit (a good opportunity for photos!) and have a briefing which will include safety, the workings of the aircraft, and a discussion about where you would like to fly. Once you have elegantly leaped in to the aircraft, you’ll take off in front of the runway terrace, able to wave at friends and family. Enjoy an incredible flight with your experienced pilot. You’ll receive a certificate on touchdown and will have the opportunity to purchase an in flight video of your experience as a lasting memento of a once in a lifetime treat.

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Because we own and operate the whole airfield here at Compton – we can offer you 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.