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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 (updated):

00 - Chichester/Goodwood Airport UK - 05/08/2019
01 - Newcastle International UK - 05/08/2019
02 - Lossiemouth UK - 05/08/2019
03 - Vagar Airport FARO ISLES - 08/08/2019
04 - Reykjavik Airport ICELAND - 06/08/2019
05 - Kulusuk Airport GREENLAND - 11/08/2019
06 - Kangerlussuaq GREENLAND - 11/08/2019
07 - Iqaluit Airport CANADA - 12/08/2019
08 - Kuujjuaq Airport CANADA - 15/08/2019
09 - Schefferville CANADA - 16/08/2019
10 - Chibougamau Chapais CANADA - 16/08/2019
11 - Ottawa Gatineau CANADA - 16/08/2019
12 - Hanscom Bedford USA - 19/08/2019
13 - Caldwell Eessex County NY USA - 20/08/2019
14 - Beaver County Pennsylvania USA - 21/08/2019
15 - Bowling Green Kentucky USA - 22/08/2019
16 - Munroe Regional Louisiana USA - 23/08/2019
17 - Huntsville Regional Texas USA - 20/08/2019
18 - Comanche Ranch Texas USA - 23/08/2019
19 - El Paso International Texas USA - 25/08/2019
20 - Nellis AFB Nevada USA - 25/08/2019
21 - Santa Monica Municipal CA USA - 27/08/2019
22 - Van Nuys LA USA - 31/08/2019
23 - Mojava Air & Space Port CA USA - 31/08/2019
24 - Meadows Field (Bakersfield) - 31/08/2019
25 - Santa Rosa Sonoma County CA USA - 01/09/2019
26 - Madras Municipal S33 Oregon USA - 01/09/2019
27 - Everett Paine Field Seattle USA - 02/09/2019
28 - Kelowna International Airport CANADA - 05/09/2019
29 - Williams Lake Regional CANADA - 05/09/2019
30 - North Peace Reg (Fort St John) CANADA - 05/09/2019
31 - Fort Nelson Airport (BC) CANADA - 06/09/2019
32 - Watson Lake Airport (Yukon) CANADA - 06/09/2019
33 - Erik Nielsen Int (Whitehorse) CANADA - 06/09/2019
34 - Fairbanks International Airport CANADA - 07/09/2019
35 - Nome Airport Alaska USA - 13/09/2019
36 - Anadyr Ugoiny Airport RUSSIA - 14/09/2019
37 - Severo Evensk RUSSIA - 16/09/2019
38 - Magadan Sokol Airport RUSSIA - 17/09/2019
39 - Okhotsk Airport RUSSIA - 18/09/2019
40 - Nikolayevsk-on-Amur Airport RUSSIA - 18/09/2019
41 - Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport RUSSIA - 21/09/2019
42 - Sapporo New Chitose JAPAN - 21/09/2019
43 - Hanamaki Airport Honshu Japan - 22/09/2019
44 - Nagoya Airfield JAPAN - 10/10/2019
45 - Kagoshima Airport JAPAN - 15/10/2019
46 - TBC TAIWAN - Oct
47 - TBC TAIWAN - Oct
48 - TBC HONG KONG - Oct
49 - TBC VIETNAM - Oct
50 - TBC THAILAND - Oct
51 - TBC THAILAND - Oct
52 - TBC THAILAND - Oct
53 - TBC MYANMAR - Oct
54 - TBC BANGLADESH - Oct
55 - TBC INDIA - Oct
56 - TBC INDIA - Oct
57 - TBC INDIA - Oct
58 - TBC INDIA - Oct
59 - TBC INDIA - Nov
60 - TBC PAKISTAN - Nov
61 - TBC PAKISTAN - Nov
62 - TBC UAE - Nov
63 - TBC BAHRAIN - Nov
64 - TBC KUWAIT - Nov
65 - TBC SAUDI ARABIA - Nov
66 - TBC JORDAN - Nov
67 - TBC EGYPT - Nov
68 - TBC EGYPT - Nov
69 - TBC EGYPT - Nov
70 - TBC CYPRUS - Nov
71 - TBC GREECE - Nov
72 - TBC GREECE - Nov
73 - TBC GREECE - Nov
74 - TBC ITALY - Nov
75 - TBC ITALY - Nov
76 - TBC ITALY - Nov
77 - TBC FRANCE - Nov
78 - TBC ITALY - Nov
79 - TBC SWITZERLAND - Nov
80 - TBC GERMANY - Nov
81 - TBC HOLLAND - Dec
82 - TBC FRANCE - Dec
83 - TBC UK - Dec