The standard Lancaster taxy ride experience takes place on some Saturdays and Bank Holidays. On these days you book a time for your taxy ride, (there are usually three time options on each day) and we ask you to arrive at least an hour and forty five minutes before your riding time. You are welcome to come to spend the whole day at the Centre. This experience lasts around 45 minutes.
A typical schedule for a Lancaster Taxy Ride Experience
Our standard tail down taxy rides are usually on Public Holidays and some Saturdays. You enjoy the only chance in Europe to be inside a Lancaster Bomber with all 4 Merlins running. We place guests enjoying a ride in a variety of positions inside including the rear rurret; Middle Turret; Radio Operator's seat; and Bomb aimer's position. The sound of the 4 Merlins alone has a profound effect on any one who is the least bit interested in the Second World War. The safety briefing will begin an hour and a half before your taxy ride time. You will have the tour of the aircraft and the taxy ride itself which lasts around 15 minutes. Each guest has a certificate to take home signed by the pilot.
Please note that riders must be aged 15 years or over. Under 15s need to be accompanied by an adult on board which does restrict positioning. Please contact us for more information.
There is also the opportunity for you to buy a photo of yourself sat in "Just Jane" taken by our resident photographers A&K Markham. 25% of all purchases is donated to the 'Restoration of Just Jane'. They also offer a service to frame your photo along with your certificate while you wait. Arrangements can be made with Kay or Alan on the day of your ride.