British Pilots Become First To Fly Restored Spitfire Around The World
Published on 6 December 2019
Steve Brooks, 58, from Burford, Oxfordshire, and Matt Jones, 45, from Exeter, Devon, took four months to circumnavigate the globe in the first trip of its kind in a Spitfire, which involved stopping off at 100 locations in 30 countries.
The project, called Silver Spitfire - The Longest Flight, started and finished at Goodwood Aerodrome, the base of Boultbee Flight Academy, the first-ever school for Spitfire pilots, in West Sussex.
An event was held for the departure in August was attended by celebrities including Gone Girl actor Rosamund Pike, Rocketman star Taron Egerton and former Formula One driver David Coulthard.
Mr Coulthard said ahead of the arrival: "Seeing you off was very emotional and it's fantastic to know it's been a great, successful trip."