A handout picture (above) provided by the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) showing the Silver Spitfire (L), along with three other Spitfire aircraft, take off from Goodwood Aerodrome, Hampshire, southern England, 05 August 2019, issued 06 August 2019.
The MOD report that in 2019 two aviators, Matt Jones and Steve Brooks, will attempt to fly a Silver Spitfire around the world, taking in some of the most famous landmarks on the planet from the Grand Canyon in the West to the snow-capped peak of Mount Fuji in the East. The Spitfire is a British treasure and an emblem of freedom across the globe.
The Silver Spitfire expedition will hopefully promote the ‘Best of British’ worldwide showcasing the nation’s heritage in engineering excellence, and an aircraft that changed the course of history.
The Spitfire embodies not only a pinnacle in aerospace engineering and design but commemorates a generation of intrepid aviators prepared to stand up to oppression and make the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of freedom.
The expedition will reunite the Spitfire with the many countries that owe their freedom, at least in part, to this iconic aircraft. The unmistakable sight and sound of this aircraft once again gracing the skies aims to inspire future generations more than eighty years after R.J. Mitchell’s timeless design first graced the skies.
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