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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 allowed 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.
Best 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 - 15 minute flights include instruction and cost just £5 plus entry charge to the exhibition (£3.50 adults, £2 children aged 11-16,10 and under Free - tickets valid for return visits within 12 months).
First flight is at 10.15am and the last flight is at 3.45pm. The simulator is suitable for 'pilots' aged 7 or over - the oldest person to fly it was 92!
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The Spitfire Simulator at Maidenhead Heritage Centre has been flown by a 91 yr old Air Transport Auxiliary veteran, who shows just how it should be done. If you want to see a video of his flight, click the following link: 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 a permanent exhibition dedicated to the forgotten pilots of ATA.