This summer, a carefully restored Spitfire Mk IX boasting a unique silver-chrome finish will take off from London and attempt to circumnavigate the world. A feat that has never been done before. The aircraft, originally built in 1943, will cover more than 27,000 miles over several months, visiting some 30 countries, and we will be with it every step of the way.
THE LONGEST FLIGHT
The concept is the brainchild of Matt Jones and Steve Brooks Managing Director and Director of Boultbee Academy. Accompanying them as they take turns to pilot the Spitfire is a small and dedicated team of experts, among them Lachlan Monro, the project director, Gerry Jones, the group’s chief engineer and of course our very own Executive Director Ben Uttley, all of whom will be following the aircraft around the world in a small PC-12 support plane.
The Spitfire marked “G-IRTY” was built in 1943 in Castle Bromwich. At present, we have captured the it being painstakingly restored after being stripped down to its component parts. In spring 2019, the public will have their first chance to see the mirror-like aircraft before its test flight around the UK.
A GLOBAL ADVENTURE
In August, the first part of the tour will see it fly north, via Greenland and over to Canada and into the USA. This route allows the expedition team to benefit from the comparatively mild weather conditions of the Arctic. From there, the route continues via South East Asia to India, before turning towards the Middle East and flying back to Europe. On its way, “G-IRTY” will touch down in several countries it has never been before.