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Silver Spitfire embarks on a round-the-world flight

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Silver Spitfire embarks on a round-the-world flight

The 'Silver Spitfire' will take-off from Goodwood Aerodrome on Monday 5th August 2019 to embark on a four month round-the-world flight. Silver Spitfire.

The Spitfire Mk.IX will be flown by British pilots Matt Jones and Steve Brooks as they fly westwards around the world via the Arctic, North America, Alaska, Russia southwards to Asia, the Middle East and back to Europe, in this iconic aircraft which is finished in a polished aluminium scheme.

This will be the first time that anyone has attempted to circumnavigate the earth in a Spitfire and Matt Jones said:

"The decision to fly the Silver Spitfire around the world was an instinctive one to honour the plane's history, the people who built, maintained and flew it through more than 50 missions, and we want to commemorate those who lost their lives in the pursuit of freedom. It’s going to be exciting to bring the Spitfire back to many of the places it has served and to fly it for audiences who will see this beautiful and historic machine for the very first time".

Silver Spitfire history
The Silver Spitfire is a Mk.IX (MJ271, G-IRTY, Boultbee Flight Academy/IWC, Goodwood Aerodrome, UK) which was originally built at Castle Bromwich. It moved to 33 MU at RAF Lyneham on the 24th October 1943 and to 118 Sqn in February 1944 where it saw 16 operational sorties from RAF Detling near Maidstone in Kent which included bomber escort, withdrawal cover, fighter sweeps & attacking V1 launch sites.

It was moved to 132 Sqn at RAF Ford in Sussex in April/May 1944 where MJ271 saw action in 28 operational sorties including bomber escort and dive bombing targets on the French coast, however it suffered a wheels-up landing at RAF Ford on night of May 9th 1944.

It then went to 401 RCAF Sqn at Volkel, Netherlands where she performed ten dive-bombing missions before becoming 'over-stressed' on 24 December and sent to RCAF 410 (Repair & Salvage Unit). She then went to 29 MU at High Ercall in June 1945 before being delivered to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNAF) in November 1945 with the designation H-8, later becoming 3W-8. She then served out its flying days with the RNAF until May 1954.

This Spitfire was then sent to Delfzijl War Museum for the next twenty years where it became increasingly derelict as an outdoor exhibit. Restored at the Fokker Technical School in the mid-1970s and also restored in the following decade at Luchtvaartmuseum Aviadome at Schiphol to bring it up to static display condition where it had the markings of MH424.

In 2006, Historic Flying Ltd brought MH424 to Duxford where it was stored for the next decade. It was then rebuilt by the Aircraft Restoration Company and test flights began in late Spring 2019. MJ271 'Silver Spitfire' is now finished in a stunning bare metal, polished aluminium scheme with the guns removed. It was decided that pilots Matt Jones and Steve Brooks would fly this Spitfire around the world, departing from Goodwood Aerodrome, UK on the 5th of August 2019.

Around the World Flight
On Monday 5th August 2019, the Silver Spitfire will take-off from Goodwood Aerodrome at 1.30pm in an attempt to fly around the World. You can view the route at https://www.silverspitfire.com/about/route-map/

Silver Spitfire Live Tracker

Silver Spitfire Live Tracker.

Live stream of Silver Spitfire departing Goodwood Aerodrome.


Planned Route:

00 - EGHR - Chichester/Goodwood Airport UK
01 - EGQS - Lossiemouth UK - 05/08/2019
02 - EKVG - Vagar Airport FARO ISLES - 06/08/2019
03 - BIRK - Reykjavik Airport ICELAND - 06/08/2019
04 - BGKK - Kulusuk Airport GREENLAND - 07/08/2019
05 - BGSF - Kangerlussuaq GREENLAND - 08/08/2019
06 - CYVM - Broughton Island CANADA - 09/08/2019
07 - CYFB - Iqaluit Airport CANADA - 10/08/2019
08 - CYVP - Kuujjuaq Airport CANADA - 11/08/2019
09 - CYWK - Wabush CANADA - 11/08/2019
10 - CYYY - Mont Joli CANADA - 12/08/2019
11 - CYOW - Ottawa Gatineau CANADA - 12/08/2019
12 - KTEB - Teterboro USA - 16/08/2019
13 - KBVI - Beaver County USA - 18/08/2019
14 - KHHG - Huntington USA - 18/08/2019
15 - KOOA - Oskaloosa USA - 19/08/2019
16 - KCZD - Cozad USA - 20/08/2019
17 - KEIK - ERIE Municipal – Denver USA - 20/08/2019
18 - KCOS - Colorado Springs USA - 23/08/2019
19 - KCEZ - Cortez Municipal USA - 23/08/2019
20 - KLSV - Nellis AFB USA - 23/08/2019
21 - KNFL - Fallon NAS (Van Voorhis Field) USA - 24/08/2019
22 - KMHV - Mojave Air and Space Port USA - 25/08/2019
23 - KSMO - Santa Monica Municipal USA - 26/08/2019
24 - KHWD - Hayward Executive USA - 30/08/2019
25 - KRDM - Roberts Field USA - 30/08/2019
26 - KPAE - Snohomish County (Paine Field) USA - 31/08/2019
27 - CYWL - Williams lake CANADA - 04/09/2019
28 - CYXJ - Fort St John CANADA - 04/09/2019
29 - CYQH - Watson lake CANADA - 05/09/2019
30 - CYXY - Erik Nielsen Intl CANADA - 05/09/2019
31 - PAOR - Northway USA - 06/09/2019
32 - PANN - Nenana USA - 07/09/2019
33 - PAGA - Edward G Pitka Sr USA - 07/09/2019
34 - PAOM - Nome USA - 08/09/2019
35 - UHMD - Provideniya Bay Airport RUSSIA - 11/09/2019
36 - UHMA - Anadyr Airport – Ugolny) RUSSIA - 12/09/2019
37 - UHMO - Markovo RUSSIA - 13/09/2019
38 - UHMW - Severo – Evensk RUSSIA - 13/09/2019
39 - UHMM - Magadan Sokol Airport RUSSIA - 14/09/2019
40 - UHOO - Okhotsk Airport RUSSIA - 15/09/2019
41 - UHHY - Chumikan RUSSIA - 15/09/2019
42 - UHHH - Khabarovsk Novy RUSSIA - 16/09/2019
43 - UHSS - Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport RUSSIA - 17/09/2019
44 - RJCO - Sapporo Okadama JAPAN - 18/09/2019
45 - RJSS - Sendai JAPAN - 19/09/2019
46 - RJA3 - Ryugasaki JAPAN - 20/09/2019
47 - RJNA - Nagoya JAPAN - 25/09/2019
48 - RJFK - Kagoshima JAPAN - 25/09/2019
49 - ROAH - Okinawa JAPAN - 26/09/2019
50 - RCSS - Taipei TAIWAN - 27/09/2019
51 - RCKH - Kaohsiung TAIWAN - 28/09/2019
52 - VHHH - Hong Kong HONGKONG - 29/09/2019
53 - VVDN - Danang VIETNAM - 13/10/2019
54 - VTUU - Ubon Ratchathani THAILAND - 14/10/2019
55 - VTBD - Bangkok / Don Mueang THAILAND - 16/10/2019
56 - VTCC - Chiang Mai THAILAND - 20/10/2019
57 - VYMD - Mandalay MYANMAR (BURMA) - 21/10/2019
58 - VGEG - Chittagong Shah Amanat Airport BANGLADESH - 24/10/2019
59 - VECC - Kolkata Airport INDIA - 25/10/2019
60 - VEKA (VIKA) - Kanpur Airport INDIA - 26/10/2019
61 - VIDX - IAF Hindon - Delhi INDIA - 26/10/2019
62 - VIJO - Jodhpur Airport INDIA - 29/10/2019
63 - VAAH - Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport INDIA - 01/11/2019
64 - OPKC - Karachi Jinnah International. Airport PAKISTAN - 02/11/2019
65 - OPGD - Gwadar Airport PAKISTAN - 03/11/2019
66 - OMAD - Abu Dhabi - AL Bateen Exec Airport UAE - 04/11/2019
67 - OBBI - Bahrain International Airport BAHRAIN - 06/11/2019
68 - OKBK - Kuwait Airport KUWAIT - 11/11/2019
69 - OESK - Al Jouf Airport SAUDI ARABIA - 12/11/2019
70 - OJAQ - Aqaba/King Hussein Int Airport JORDAN - 12/11/2019
71 - HEGN - Hurghada Airport EGYPT -15/11/2019
72 - HEOC - 6th October EGYPT - 17/11/2019
73 - HECA - Cairo International Airport EGYPT - 17/11/2019
74 - LCPH - Paphos CYPRUS - 18/11/2019
75 - LGRP - Rhodes GREECE - 19/11/2019
76 - LGAV - Eleftherios Venizelos Airport GREECE - 20/11/2019
77 - LGKR - Ioannis Kapodistrias Airport GREECE - 21/11/2019
78 - LIBG - Taranto-Grottaglie Airport ITALY - 22/11/2019
79 - LIBP - Pescara Airport ITALY - 22/11/2019
80 - LIMJ - Genoa ITALY - 23/11/2019
81 - LFMN - Nice FRANCE - 23/11/2019
82 - LIMB - Milan Bresso ITALY - 25/11/2019
83 - LSZR - St Gallen / Altenrhein SWITZERLAND - 28/11/2019
84 - EDAZ - Berlin – Schonhagen GERMANY - 29/11/2019
85 - EHAM - Schiphol / Amsterdam HOLLAND - 02/12/2019
86 - LFPB - Paris Le Bourget FRANCE - 05/12/2019
87 - EGHR - Chichester/Goodwood Airport UK - 08/12/2019

An alternative route which is TBC and subject to change would include: Seoul 27-29 Oct, and China (various locations), 30 Oct - 12 Nov.