Aircraft

'Silver Spitfire' Sets Off For Round-The-Globe Adventure

Two British pilots are flying a restored original Second World War fighter aircraft around the world.

Two pilots have set off on a pioneering quest to circumnavigate the globe in an original Spitfire.

Steve Boultbee Brooks and Matt Jones plan to cover a distance of 27,000 miles in the Second World War aircraft, which has been fully restored.

At 13:30 BST on Monday, the project, named 'Silver Spitfire - The Longest Flight', set off from Goodwood aerodrome, in West Sussex.

It is the base of Boultbee Flight Academy, the first-ever modern school for Spitfire pilots.

The pair will stop off at 100 locations in 30 countries during the five-month journey.

Steve Brooks, one of the pilots, inspects the Silver Spitfire (Picture: MOD).

They will first head to Scotland, then westbound to places including the US, Canada, Japan, Russia and India and back to Britain.

The single-seated Mk IX Spitfire, originally built in 1943, will be followed by a chase plane for safety.

In it, there will be a full-time captain, an engineer, as well as a film and camera crew to video the journey for a documentary.

Matt Jones (left) and Steve Brooks (right) stand in front of their Silver Spitfire (Picture: MOD).

Speaking ahead of departure, Mr Jones told reporters:

"I'm a bit nervous but excited to get going. It's been a long time in planning and we've put a lot of work into this airplane."

A glitzy event was held for the departure attended by celebrities including Gone Girl actor Rosamund Pike, Rocketman star Taron Egerton and Formula One driver David Coulthard.

The plane fought in the Second World War, and conducted 51 sorties.