The Harvard Experience


Few experiences will top this one – its the next best thing to flying in a Spitfire. In fact, several of our lucky clients have said its even better! Our 1940’s Harvard is the best of its kind in England and has a long history undertaking wartime operations for many Air Forces throughout the world. Dance in the skies in the UK’s most pristine aircraft at speeds of over 200mph – you could even do some lazy eights, chandelles or victory rolls! All Harvard flights come with a free navy embossed presentation box.

Please note the maximum weight limit on the Harvard is 20 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.

If you are the lucky recipient of one of our WW2 Packages, you will enjoy your fantastic selection of flights in the morning. You will then have lunch (for two – including drinks, main meals and puddings) followed by bubbles on the terrace. Relive the experience and share with family and friends by taking your personalised in flight videos away with you.

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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

  • "Exceeded all Expectations!"

    A flight that exceeded all expectations. What a brilliant team and a beautiful location! Very highly recommended.

    James Brown, Southampton

  • "A Great Day!"

    Emma, we had a GREAT day! Compton Abbas deserves its reputation as being one of the best airfields in the South...and the North!


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.