Air Freedom, where Power plus Attitude equals Performance!
Our flying season is May to September.
Our flight times are airborne times!
You do not pay for time manoeuvring on the ground..
15% Discount for Heroes
This promotion is open all year round for past and present Military Personnel.
Email us your Military ID and we will set it up as a Discount Code for you to input during the purchasing process.
Then simply bring your ID with you on the day of your flight for verification.
What do we offer?
Air Freedom, located 17 miles from the historic town of Oxford, offers you a unique and breath-taking opportunity to experience the flight of a lifetime in a beautifully restored 1941 US Navy Training Aircraft, the distinguished Boeing Stearman.
What makes us unique?
Your flight time is literally “flight time” from lift off to touch down rather than “chock-to-chock”.
What does this mean?
You are not paying for the time spent manoeuvring on the ground before take-off and after landing. The time you pay for is entirely in the air.
What will you experience?
After a friendly reception, we will kit you out with a leather flying jacket, helmet and goggles and provide a thorough safety briefing before walking you out to the aircraft for a fantastic photo opportunity with family and friends.
A fully qualified flying instructor will explain the controls so you can have the opportunity to actually fly the aircraft and complete that amazing hands on experience.
Then imagine the thoughts of the very young Pilots, who were training for war as you climb aboard, strap in and soak up the essence of this classic Warbird. Hear and smell her powerful radial engine fire into action before you lift off and experience the thrill and the freedom of flying in an open cockpit, thankfully in the now peaceful skies over Oxfordshire.
At the end of your flight, you have the opportunity to purchase a movie of your flight so you can share that fabulous memory with all your friends and family.
We are also proud to celebrate the men, women and flying machines from all services and nations who have defended our freedom across the globe since the dawn of flight.
Director & Flying Instructor
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Meet your Pilot
Gareth first flew solo at age 16 in a Venture powered glider in the Air Training Corp quickly followed by a Royal Air Force Flying Scholarship that lead to his PPL at age 17. He was subsequently selected by the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm for a short-term commission to train as a Naval Pilot. His military career was terminated by a knee injury before training commenced.
Gareth is now a Member of the Fleet Air Arm Squadron, Navy Wings Associate Owners and a Freeman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots. He currently works as a Flying Instructor teaching PPL at Enstone Flying Club and Enstone Airlines. Gareth occasionally flies Commercially as a Safety Pilot on the Pilatus PC12 for Jet Exchange. He is also Type Rated on the PBY-5A Catalina for both Land and Sea, flying to Air Displays across the UK, Europe and Scandinavia plus other Special Ops. https://www.catalina.org.uk
His personal mission is to Fly Navy and to share that amazing experience with as many people as possible.
- EASA/CAA Commercial Pilot, Multi IR, MCC, (f)ATPL
- EASA/CAA Flight Instructor for SEP
- 1,200 + Flying Hours
- Class One Medical
What Our Flyers Say
As you are reading this you must already have more than a passing interest in flying one of these renowned aircraft.
So why fly with Gareth? Simple! You will be hard pushed to find a more welcoming and informal venue to fly from which has its own Stearman assembly hangar. Something special in mind, land away and have lunch before returning to base. Ask Gareth, if time and weather permits and the destination airfield has a grass airstrip - there are a few nearby - he will do his level best to make it happen.
All this at a very competitive price!
Whether it is your first flight in a light aircraft or you are an experienced pilot you can be assured that this is one ride you won't forget in a hurry for all the right reasons.
Stop thinking about it and just do it.
The Cons. After a break from flying for 40 years this experience rekindled my desire to fly and I'm busy re-training to regain my wings. Alas it won't be in a Stearman.
Well it’s not every day you get your hands on a stearman. They are the iconic biplane. Gareth takes you through a through briefing before you don the flying jacket and climb into a flying slice of history. As soon as the engine fires into life and you get the oil smell from the engine, it’s the start of a flying experience the way it’s supposed to be, sun in your face the open cockpit, Gareth taxis the aircraft to the end of the grass runway; then your whisked into the blue over the oxford plain.
The view's incredible. You even get the smell from farms as you pass overhead. And over the intercom “ you have control” well how do I describe getting the chance to fly an iconic aircraft in the blue yonder.
Sign up and fly with Gareth and you will find out. All I can say is thanks for an amazing flight.
As a relatively experienced pilot, flying in a Stearman has always been on my bucket list and my flight with Gareth certainly didn’t disappoint.
The aircraft is simply stunning - a work of art - and in immaculate condition. Gareth was flexible with timing to make the most of the best weather and we cruised around in near perfect conditions, over beautiful North Oxfordshire. It’s a full sensory experience with the fantastic sound of a radial engine, the ability to see so much of the aircraft, especially in the turn and a combined feeling of power and grace.
I still have a huge smile on my face a day later and would certainly consider doing this again. A beautiful aircraft and a complete professional owner/pilot. Thank you Gareth.
On arrival, Gareth, a charming gentleman, went through the flight briefing and made me feel completely at ease.
Up into the air, as a Vintage Motor Cycle enthusiast, I could really appreciate the sound and feel of the 7 cylinder radial – an absolute delight.
The 45 minutes flew past in what seemed only a few minutes, and flight over, there was only one word to describe it: Brilliant!
Air Freedom says it all, flying a fantastically restored open cockpit tail dragging 1940s biplane in the twenty first century, coupled with the sound of a radial engine, flying over the cotswolds. What more could anyone want except more of the same. Just awesome. Just do it!
Flying the Stearman had always been on my to do list and it was almost by accident I discovered the Air Freedom set up which at the time of booking was promoting a spring time offer at a very affordable price.
Come the day you the sense straight away that this is a serious but relaxed kind of set up. Some operations churn flight experiences through in a some what impersonal manor, however my Stearman flight was anything but, The Air Freedom team certainly make you feel like you’ve bought a very personal experience and Taylor it perfectly to the individuals needs.
As for the flight itself, the old bird was a true delight to fly and I fell in love with the Stearman before we were even off the deck. I would strongly recommend Air Freedom to anyone wanting to experience vintage flying.
The dream Warbird experience with a great instructor who lets you take control from the start. The aircraft is such a delight to fly, one can really appreciate why people fall in love with this beautiful beast. The sights and sounds coupled with an Air Freedom WW2 jacket take you out of this modern world and straight back to 1942!
Gareth ensures you have a very enjoyable experience, in an efficient, friendly & relaxed manner.
A real blast from the past, a beautifully restored WWII aircraft with a great instructor flying over the rolling Oxfordshire country side - shear Bliss.
Gareth Bliss has captured the essence of mid century aviation. The Steerman emanates charm and I would recommend the experience to everyone.