Silver Spitfire departs on round-the-world flight

The Silver Spitfire expedition has taken off from Goodwood Aerodrome for its round-the-world flight.

The flight is intended to take four months and can be followed on a live flight tracker here. Two pilots will take turns flying the aircraft, Matt Jones and Steve Brooks, of the Boultbee Academy.

The 1943 Mk.IX Spitfire is finished in polished aluminium and has the guns and camouflage paint removed to ‘de-militarise’ the aircraft, both to broaden the expedition’s appeal and reach, and to gain easier access to nations en route.

A Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turboprop is the support aircraft, carrying one of the Spitfire pilots, a chief engineer, expedition director and TV crew.

Silver Spitfire
The Silver Spitfire lines up with another Spitfire, ready for take-off, at Goodwood

The route takes the Spitfire, a genuine warbird which saw plenty of action during WW11, along this route:

  • UK
  • Iceland
  • Greenland
  • Canada
  • USA
  • Russia
  • Japan
  • China (tbc)
  • South Korea
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Thailand
  • Myanmar
  • Bangaldesh
  • India Pakistan
  • Oman
  • UAE
  • Kuwait
  • Jordan
  • Egypt
  • Malta
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • France
  • UK

Silver Spitfire


  1. We saw the wide-left-base arrival for EGNT at Tynemouth on Monday 5th around 1415Z, what a wonderful sight! I hope Sam’s son did well on your
    short stop at the end of your first leg north !!
    Retired LHR “E Minibus Unum” Bill B.

  2. I have bought the watch and am an avid fan of the project
    I’m disappointed that the tracker is not keeping up with the actuality

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