August 5th marked the start of an amazing adventure for an iconic aircraft that we all have a place for in our hearts.
Matt Jones and his team are taking the Silver Spitfire on the ‘Longest Flight’, across 27000 miles visiting more than 30 countries. The expedition, being described as the pilots Everest, will reunite the Spitfire with many countries that owe their freedom to this iconic aircraft.
The Mk.IX Silver Spitfire is going around the world and we are happy to share some images of the start, it’s onward journey and answer some FAQs.
What is unique about the Silver Spitfire?
How has the aircraft been prepared for its adventure?
Where was the aircraft originally built?
In Castle Bromwich in 1943
How did the adventure begin?
How many pilots are involved?
What were the considerations in planning the route?
What will be the hardest part of the route?
Fun fact – did you know the Typhoon and Spitfire have the same wingspan!
Celebrities and sponsors – who’s who!
The adventure is being supported by IWC Schaffhausen and the Boultbee Flight Academy and as such has attracted involvement from brand ambassadors including Taron Egerton, Rosamund Pike and David Coulthard.
Matt and Steve also received a letter of support from Prince Harry!
Introducing the Petwood Bear…
Tales of a bear…
From the Petwood to Goodwood, he’s a rare bear indeed!
More bags for his travels? We think there’s no need…
Miles becoming higher as he flies his Spitfire, except when the weather’s a bit iffy, he goes drinking with Smithy….!
The team successfully completed their trip and returned home after a 22,000 Nautical Mile circumnavigation around the planet, the Silver Spitfire arrives home to Boultbee Flight Academy in front of an expectant crowd of friends, family and colleagues.
Love the Spitfire? Love ASALI. We are delighted to bring back the sell out Spitfire weekender and other Spitfire items to our growing range of luxury leather products.