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Silver Spitfire Will Arrive at RDM on August 30th during it's "Longest Flight " Expedition

Aug-12-2019

In the summer of 2019, a carefully restored Spitfire, boasting a unique silver-chrome finish, will take off from London to embark on a round-the-world flight. The Silver Spitfire Will Arrive at RDM on August 30th during it's "Longest Flight " Expedition

The Spitfire, marked MJ271, was originally built in 1943 in Castle Bromwich. For the expedition, the aircraft has been stripped down and painstakingly restored. Every single component part has been lovingly polished by hand to a brilliant sheen to give the plane its dazzling silver appearance. It will be rechristened the “Silver Spitfire”.

IWC Schaffhausen has lent its support to the “Silver Spitfire – The Longest Flight”, as the main partner of the expedition. This summer, a carefully restored Spitfire, boasting a unique silver-chrome finish, will take off from Goodwood to embark on a round-the-world flight. The aircraft, built in 1943, will cover more than 43,000 kilometres over several months, visiting some 30 countries on its way. The circumnavigation honours the quintessential design and unparalleled engineering of the iconic British plane. The expedition is the brainchild of Steve Boultbee-Brooks and Matt Jones, founders of the Boultbee Flight Academy, based on the Goodwood Estate in the south of England.

The round-the-world flight departs in August 2019 from England. The first part of the tour will see the Silver Spitfire fly via Canada into the USA, allowing 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 on back to Europe. On its way, the “Silver Spitfire” will touch down in several countries that have never before seen an aeroplane of this sort on their runways.

French artist Romain Hugault, famed for his aviation-themed illustrations, will accompany the Spitfire to create an artistic record of the journey. Hugault holds a pilot’s licence and can often be seen behind the controls of his own 1942 Piper L4. He is widely regarded as one of the most pre-eminent illustrators of classic aviation.

For more information contact Leading Edge Jet Center at (541) 504-3848 or visit: https://www.silverspitfire.com/