Tel: 01628 780555

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This permanent exhibition honours the achievements of Air Transport Auxiliary – and is home to a fabulous SPITFIRE SIMULATOR.

The Air Transport Auxiliary Exhibition and Archive tells a forgotten story of courage, skill and sacrifice. 70 years on, it is difficult to believe that Britain was so desperate that the amateur pilots of Air Transport Auxiliary, (men and women), were employed to fly dozens of different types of war plane between factories and front line squadrons. But it is true, as you will discover when you visit Grandma Flew Spitfires at Maidenhead Heritage Centre in Berkshire.

Why Maidenhead? Because Air Transport Auxiliary’s headquarters airfield was at White Waltham, just 2 miles from Maidenhead Heritage Centre, which owns one of the largest collections of ATA memorabilia and records anywhere in the world. For the first time, this Air Transport Auxiliary collection is now on permanent display. Come and discover the inspiring story of ordinary men and women who achieved extraordinary things.

spitfireBest of all, you can fly a Spitfire simulator, just like the intrepid men and women of Air Transport Auxiliary!

SPITFIRE SIMULATOR FLIGHTS – BOOK NOW!

Phone us now on 01628 780555 to book your Spitfire Simulator flights.  We recommend 15 minutes for children, and 30 minutes for older children and adults.  Flights include instruction and cost just £5 per 15 minutes plus entry charge to the gfs-header_000exhibition (£3.50 adults, £2 children aged 11-16,10 and under Free – tickets valid for multiple return visits within 12 months).

To see a 92-year old veteran of ATA flying our simulator CLICK HERE: Peter Garrod’s flight in the Spitfire Simulator

Notice the replica flight controls and wide screen pilot view – this is the most sophisticated Spit simulator available to the general public and is part of our permanent exhibition dedicated to the forgotten pilots of Air Transport Auxiliary

The first flight is at 10.15am and the last flight is at 3.30pm. The simulator is suitable for ‘pilots’ aged 7 or over – the oldest person to fly it was 92!

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“THIS IS REALLY COOL!”

“THE BEST FUN EVER!”

Real comments from real visitors

COME FLY WITH US!

If you are coming specifically to fly the Spitfire simulator, please phone to check that it is fully serviceable – 01628 780555

Grandma Flew Spitfires!
 
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"Hitler would have been worried!" Entry in our visitor book on 19 September from Mrs G F from London after flying our simulator.

"Brilliant! Kind, helpful and considerate volunteers" Entry from Mr L B of Bury (Lancs) on 20 September

We are open from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday. If you are coming specifically to fly the Spitfire simulator, please phone to check that it is fully serviceable - Call 01628 780555 Pre-booking strongly advised.


 
You can fly a Spitfire simulator, just like the intrepid men and women of ATA! Watch video > Grandma Flew Spitfires at Maidenhead Heritage Centre is home to one of the world's largest collections of ATA memorabilia.

We would love to hear from you if you have any photos that we could add to our gallery - please use our contact form to let us know.

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