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Heliport
21st Feb 2013, 18:28
Friends who have flown in a Spitfire tell me it's truly an experience of a lifetime and worth every penny.

Just out of curiosity -

How much would you be prepared to pay for 30 minutes in a Spitfire?


I'm not asking for recommendations, places where it can be done etc etc.
There are other threads which cover those aspects

H.

TOWTEAMBASE
21st Feb 2013, 21:29
Surely how much you are prepared to pay, depends on how much you really want to do it. Not too many 2 seat variants left I'd have thought either, may be wrong

stickandrudderman
21st Feb 2013, 23:37
I paid 4500 and was delighted.

India Four Two
22nd Feb 2013, 05:14
stick,

Mine was cheaper in NZ, but still expensive and WORTH EVERY PENNY! :ok:

Flying using a spade grip, complete with gun-button and looking out at that elliptical wing. Magical!

Two quotes that are pertinent, when I was discussing (not complaining, mind you) the staggering amounts of money necessary to fly in a warbird:

"Remember, there are no pockets in a shroud, mate!"

and

"I know it's a lot of money, but trust me, we aren't making any money out of you."

And on that note, I now have the opportunity to post a picture sent to me a couple of days ago, by a Kiwi mate, showing "my Spitfire" and "my Mustang" ;)

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c309/india42/formation800_zps50283731.png

cyflyer
23rd Feb 2013, 16:26
Not too many 2 seat variants left I'd have thought either, may be wrong Think so ? Look at this video clip, seems to be Duxford. Absolutely brilliant.

Top Gear - Arriving in style - Spitfires! - YouTube

how much are you prepared to pay ?
Become a BBC presenter and get it for free !

Heliport
24th Feb 2013, 20:16
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DX Wombat
24th Feb 2013, 21:58
Heliport, you have suddenly become invisible or have the amounts quoted made you faint?

Slasher
25th Feb 2013, 01:02
How much would you be prepared to pay for 30 minutes in a Spitfire?

Anything it takes to do an hour's solo in one with full aero privileges! :)

Prefer a Spit Mk IX but I certainly wouldn't knock back a Mk V or Sea Fury.


http://images2.jetphotos.net/img/2/9/8/0/45755_1243243089.jpg

Flying a Spit is my long time dream and hope to realise it in a few short years.

Fantome
25th Feb 2013, 01:21
Three years ago, Megan MacDonald from Gayndah in Queensland, was
invited by Channel Nine to take part in a series called 'In Their Footsteps'.

As a result she went on a fabulous journey of discovery to find out the fate
of her uncle, Pilot Officer Tony Boyd, shot down over Malta in 1942.

From Malta she went on to England to fly with Caroline Grace in the Mk9.

The footage in the doco is brilliant, as is the whole program -

Channel nine - section small (http://channelnine.ninemsn.com.au/intheirfootsteps/series1/)



http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa144/jokova_photos/Megan4.jpg

http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa144/jokova_photos/Megan3-1.jpg


http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa144/jokova_photos/Megan2-1.jpg


http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa144/jokova_photos/MeganMcDonald-1.jpg

Fantome
25th Feb 2013, 01:41
Anything it takes to do an hour's solo in one with full aero privileges

You are on . . .. . just so long as you fork out a consideration for me too after you've filled your boots. I have the entrez if you have the cheque book. Not far to travel either.

airship
25th Feb 2013, 12:56
Some price comparisons between the cost of a Spitfire, the average house price and earnings back in the '40s and today might be interesting...

Average UK house price 1940-45 500-750 / 2013 162,000
Average UK wages pa. 1940-45 270-370 / 2013 25,550
Manufacturing cost of new Spitfire ca. 1940 5,000 / 4,500 for 1/2 hour rental = 9,000 per hour rental - no info on purchase cost of a Spitfire in 2013.

Inflation and increasing rarity demonstrates that the cost of a "1/2 hour rental of a Spitfire" in 2013 is almost the same as "the entire cost of the entire airplane when produced new" 70 years ago...

Inflation and increasing rarity of UK houses demonstrates that average UK house prices have increased by a minimum factor of 216 over the same period.

Inflation and increasing rarity of UK jobs demonstrates that average UK wages have increased by only a factor of 69 over the same period.

Comparing UK house prices to wages, well, that appears to be quite a pretty steep drop in purchasing power parity etc.

Whatever, I'm no economist, so I'll leave you all to establish whether or not a 1/2 hour rental of a Spitfire for 4,500 is reasonable. Or wonder whether it would have been more profitable in buying a couple of Spitfires in the late '40s / early '50s as investments, compared to investing in UK housing during the same period.

If anyone on average UK wages of 25,550 pa (52 weks / 40h per week = 12.28/hr) can fork out the equivalent of 367 hours of their average wages for a 1/2 hour flying in a Spitfire, then they're welcome to use their hard-earned savings in this way...?! Just so long as they're not single mothers or otherwise taking undue advantage of our generous social security systems (in France or UK)... :ok:

UniFoxOs
25th Feb 2013, 13:20
I42 - where did you go and how much was it?

I'm going to NZ for a couple of weeks Feb14. If I can persuade SWMBO that it's worth it........

UFO

Dr Jekyll
25th Feb 2013, 14:42
Average wage in 1940 was more like 200 a week. A Spitfire certainly cost more than 5000, some sources quote 10-15000, others 20000.

General price inflation since 1940 is about a factor of 45.

MagnusP
25th Feb 2013, 14:50
Average wage in 1940 was more like 200 a week.

Shome mishtake shurely???

Sallyann1234
25th Feb 2013, 14:52
"Average wage in 1940 was more like 200 a week."

Surely not. Do you have a reference?

Edit
you got there first!

Dr Jekyll
25th Feb 2013, 15:43
Sorry, should have said 200 a year.

Slasher
26th Feb 2013, 04:59
You are on . . .. . just so long as you fork out a consideration for me too
after you've filled your boots.

Well....I might just send you a vid Fant like this guy! :)


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