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If you like your helicopter flights to come with a good amount of history and interest, as well as stunning views, this Thames & Medway helicopter flight experience is sure to please.
It's a private flight, so you won't be sharing with strangers, in a Robinson R44 helicopter and is for a group of up to 3 passengers, with everyone getting a window seat to enjoy the wonderful views.
Your helicopter flight begins at Redhill Aerodrome in Surrey, where you'll follow the edge of the North Downs bordering South East London and enjoy glimpses of the London skyline as you fly high above the M25 traffic.
As you turn north, you'll fly past the historic World War 2 airfield of Biggin Hill on towards the impressive QE2 Bridge. From here you'll turn east past a landscape of container ships, jetty's and factories that surround the Dartford crossing and the river bank up to City Airport and the Thames Barrier.
Continuing east along the river, you'll pass Tilbury Docks and the Coalhouse and Cliffe Forts that face each other across the river. The ruins of Hadleigh Castle stand on the northern bank of the river past Canvey Island and you'll spot Southend Pier on Southend beach, the longest pleasure pier in the world at 1.34 miles.
From here, your flight crosses the river passing close to the wreck of the SS Montgomery, a World War 2 ammunition ship, sunk in the estuary with several thousand tons of explosives aboard, her masts still visible above the water. Crossing to the Kent side of the Thames takes you past Sheerness and up the Medway River towards the historic Royal Chatham Dockyard, still home to numerous ex Royal Navy Warships and Submarines.
You'll enjoy seeing the city of Rochester from the air with incredible views of both Rochester Castle and Rochester Cathedral. Keep your eyes peeled for the 2000 ton Russian Black Widow Submarine moored in the Medway near Strood.
As you leave Rochester to fly back to Redhill Aerodrome, you'll pass Knole House, one of the UK's biggest manor houses, and Brands Hatch race track.
All aircraft are subject to weight & balance limitations, both for individual passenger weights and the combined weight of all passengers flying.
The individual seat limit for tours (R44) is 136kg (21 stone), however if anyone in your group is above 95kg (15st) you will need to contact the experience provider to confirm that the aircraft weight and balance limitations are not exceeded.
This experience is subject to availability and flights normally operate on a daily basis between the hours of 10am and 4pm.
Flights are subject to suitable weather conditions. In the event of unsuitable weather, you will be offered an alternative date by the experience provider.
It is recommended to book at least 2 weeks in advance for a better chance of getting the date you want.
Your voucher is valid for 12 Months from the date of issue.
Please note you must have booked and taken your experience before the expiry date.
The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.
A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.
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