What is the expedition?

WHY FLY A SPITFIRE AROUND THE WORLD?

“we seek to challenge ourselves by setting out to complete a trip that has never been attempted”

Boultbee Flight Academy

In 2019 two intrepid aviators 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 UK 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.

In the great tradition of exploration, we seek to challenge ourselves by setting out to complete a trip that has never been attempted. By pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in this iconic single-engined aircraft we hope to climb “a pilot’s Everest”.

KEY ELEMENTS
HOW?

 
– One Spitfire
– One support aircraft
– Two pilots
– One Chief Engineer
– One Expedition Director
– One world class videographer
– One TV Producer
– UK-based communications team

DEPARTURE DATE
WHEN?

 
2019
The 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasions

AUGUST 18TH
‘The Hardest Day’ in the Battle of Britain and the date on which pilot John Gillespie Magee wrote his eponymous poem ‘High Flight’

COUNTRIES VISITED
WHERE?

 
The Silver Spitfire expedition will visit the United Kingdom, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, USA, Russia, Japan, China (tbc), South Korea, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, Malta, Greece, Italy, Switzerland and France before returning home.