What’s a Combat Mission Adventure and why should you try it?

by | Mar 25, 2024

In the world of aviation, few experiences match the thrill of a combat mission adventure, a unique opportunity that catapults participants directly into the cockpit of an aerobatic aircraft for a taste of air combat. 

This experience, unlike any other in the UK, offers you the chance to fly Air Combat and Aerobatics against an “opponent” aircraft – in this case, a training scenario where you’re pitted against yourself, under the guidance of an ex-military flying instructor. 

But what exactly does this entail, and why should it be on your bucket list? Let’s dive in.


The Thrill of Real Flight

Imagine strapping into the cockpit of a T67 Firefly, an aircraft known for its agility and performance. 

Your adventure begins with a formation take-off, immediately immersing you in the world of professional pilots.

Flying in close formation, mere metres from another aircraft, you’re not just a passenger; you’re part of a skilled duo carving through the sky.

The experience ramps up as you’re introduced to aerobatic manoeuvres, designed to acclimate you to the g-forces that professional pilots navigate with ease. 

This is where you begin to understand the physics of flight in a way that’s impossible from the ground. 

It’s one thing to read about aerodynamics, but feeling the aircraft respond to the environment and your controls is both enlightening and exhilarating.


The Challenge of an Air Combat Mission

After mastering the basics, the adventure takes a competitive turn with tailchasing and air combat. 

This segment is where the experience truly stands out, offering a safe yet thrilling simulation of air-to-air combat. 

Your task? Manoeuvre your aircraft into position behind your “opponent” and simulate a shot: “GUNS GUNS GUNS!”

The satisfaction of a successful “hit” is unparalleled, marking a moment of achievement in your flying career, albeit a nascent one.

Celebrating your victory with a cheer adds a playful nod to aviation culture, enhancing the sense of camaraderie and achievement. 

The experience concludes with a flyby of the tower, a traditional gesture of skill and respect in the aviation community, conditions permitting.


Why Try a Combat Mission Adventure?

A Unique Offering

First and foremost, this is not a simulator. Every sensation, from the rush of the take-off to the g-forces during aerobatics, is real. It’s an authentic experience that’s not available anywhere else in the UK, offering an unparalleled glimpse into the life of a fighter pilot.

Educational Value

Beyond the thrill, there’s immense educational value. Participants gain a deeper appreciation for the principles of flight, the skill involved in manoeuvring an aircraft, and the strategic thinking behind air combat. It’s a hands-on learning experience that is as informative as it is exciting.

Pushing the boundaries of aerobatics

Stepping into a combat mission adventure is about pushing your personal boundaries. It’s about experiencing firsthand the thrill and challenge of something entirely new. For many, it’s a transformative experience, offering insights into their own capabilities and resilience.

The Joy of Flight

Above all, it’s a celebration of the joy of flight. There’s something profoundly liberating about seeing the world from above, piloting through the sky, and mastering the elements in a way that few get to experience. It connects you to the pioneers of aviation and offers a taste of their boundless spirit.

A combat mission is more than just a day out

A combat mission adventure is more than just an exhilarating day out; it’s an entry into a world that few can imagine and even fewer experience. 

Under the guidance of ex-military instructors, with a perfect safety record, it’s an opportunity to challenge yourself, learn, and perhaps most importantly, to fly.

For those with a passion for aviation and aerobatics, or simply looking for an adventure beyond the ordinary, it’s an experience that promises to elevate your spirits and broaden your horizons.

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Jo Greenfield
An expert in our flight experiences, Jo Greenfield is a key member of the Ultimate High team, working alongside our pilots and staff to ensure every guest has an incredible experience.