Enlist in our Zero to Hero program today and become a flying legend
The Zero to Hero program has been created to take you from: never having flown a plane before to flying your own Spitfire which you help build!
Here is the plan, we are going to build 12 MK26B TWO SEAT Spitfires (90% scale of the original), they will be built from kits, all are two seat versions and can be constructed by anyone who can tell a screw driver from a spanner! Once completed the 12 will operate as a squadron and will tour the UK and Europe putting on flying displays for the public.
How is this possible? Well it’s all very simple really.
Rather than an individual buying and building a kit, we will have up to 20 pilot/builders sharing the cost and the building, making it affordable, achievable and accessible for many more people and we will get the kits completed in double quick time! Still interested?
But we are looking for very special people to join this unique project:
Are you looking for something more than just learning to fly?
Are you up for a challenge and a team player?
Want some serious fun and camaraderie?
Wanna fly a Spitfire?
If you answered yes to the questions above then read on, if not click here for our special Enstone plan.
Here at Enstone flying club we have been training pilots for over 20 years. In that time we have learned that our pilots love a challenge, by enlisting in the Zero to Hero program you are not only learning to fly, but also construct and own a share in one of these iconic aircraft.
A 20th of a Zero to Hero share will cost in the region of £24K. This includes gaining your private pilot’s licence and 25 hours of advanced training before you strap on your Spitfire. Plus you own your 20th share. I estimate the monthly cost for each Spitfire at £600 or £30per month per share holder, plus the fuel you personally use.
Be part of something unique... the “City of Oxford”
From May to September “City of Oxford “will display at events all over the UK with the occasional foray into Europe. The rest of the year will be for your own personal pleasure flying and squadron training (no weekends) . Being the two seat varient this will be your opportunity to impress your friends by taking them for a sortie in your own Spitfire,“how cool is that”!
Major events will have the full squadron flying in close formation with the ground team and crews performing public duties in the squadron arena. Minor events will be for pilots to gain valuable experience at a live event, but where the formation will be smaller and more relaxed allowing more pilots to be part of the squadron at a more comfortable level. As your experience grows you move to the larger and more precise displays, there is no obligation to become a display pilot but your aircraft will be required during the season for Squadron duties by other pilots in your group who do!
Family friendly program
Whilst the Zero to Hero program is aimed at pilots, family and friends can be a part of this unique squadron. There will be plenty to engage and entertain both young and old.
I remember watching ground crews at air shows and wondering how do I get to do that, who do I ask what should I say? When I can’t get over the barrier!
The projects aim is to get many more people who thought that they could never “get over the barrier” not only over but playing an important part of the squadron on the ground. I love showing visitors around my flying club and hangars, I can sense the visitors wanting to touch and feel an aeroplane “ go ahead, touch it won’t break” I am lucky to do something I truly love, but I want to be able to open that barrier and give that opportunity to many, many more people.
Skippers vision of the Squadron
“It is my vision to make the “City of Oxford” the finest aviation display event in the world, where the traditional barriers to pilots, aviation enthusiasts and the public are removed. When our visitors go home and share their experience, their friends will want to know when, where and how they can experience it too”.