Silver Spitfire – the longest flight

Around the world in a Spitfire

Ambitious plans are underway to circumnavigate the globe in a Mk IX Spitfire owned by Boultbee Flight Academy at Goodwood.

The heavily-anticipated refurbishment of Spitfire MJ271, which was built in 1943 at Castle Bromwich, and which flew 51 combat missions, was completed in May 2019. The restored Spitfire is still 90 per cent original, having been completely stripped down to its component parts, refurbished and reassembled. The guns have been removed and the iconic aircraft now has a distinctive polished aluminium finish. This has been done to make the Spitfire look less war-like, and to show off the beauty of the original design. It has been equipped with extra fuel tanks to extend the range beyond the standard 350 miles.

Spitfires that flew from aircraft carriers to defend Malta routinely covered distances of over 600 miles, some landing on fumes, but it demonstrates that a fighter conceived for a short-range defensive role can be modified to suit a different purpose.

The round-the-world flight is scheduled to begin on the 5th August 2019 at Goodwood and is expected to return to the UK by December 7, 2019.
The intended route will see Boultbee bosses Matt Jones and Steve Brooks fly the Silver Spitfire, first in the direction of Iceland, then over Greenland, into Canada and the USA, before crossing the Bering Strait, over Japan, China, and Burma, into the Middle East, North Africa and finally Europe, from where it will head home having made 150 stops in over 30 countries and having flown 43,000 kilometres.

The detailed flight route and dates of arrivals are listed below:

TO

COUNTRY

ARRIVAL DATE

Chichester/Goodwood Airport

UK

Dundee Airport

UK

05/08/19

Kirkwall Airport

UK

05/08/19

Vagar Airport

FARO ISLES

06/08/19

Reykjavik Airport

ICELAND

06/08/19

Kulusuk Airport

GREENLAND

07/08/19

Kangerlussuaq

GREENLAND

08/08/19

Broughton Island, NU

CANADA

09/08/19

Iqaluit Airport, NU

CANADA

09/08/19

Kuujjuaq Airport, QC

CANADA

10/08/19

Wabush, NL

CANADA

11/08/19

Mont Joli, QC

CANADA

11/08/19

Ottawa Gatineau, QC

CANADA

12/08/19

Laurence G Hanscom

USA

14/08/19

Teteboro, NJ

USA

17/08/19

Burlington Executive Airport, ON

CANADA

20/08/19

Huntington

USA

21/08/19

Oskaloosa

USA

21/08/19

Gothenburg Muni

USA

22/08/19

ERIE Municipal – Denver

USA

22/08/19

Colorado Springs

USA

24/08/19

Cortez Municipal

USA

24/08/19

Nellis AFB

USA

24/08/19

Mojave Air and Space Port

USA

25/08/19

Santa Monica Municipal

USA

25/08/19

Hayward Executive

USA

28/08/19

Fallon NAS (Van Voorhis Field)

USA

28/08/19

Roberts Field

USA

29/08/19

Snohomish County (Paine Field)

USA

29/08/19

Vancouver/Boundary Bay Airport, BC

CANADA

29/08/19

Port Hardy Airport, BC

CANADA

02/09/19

Prince Rupert Airport, BC

CANADA

02/09/19

Wrangell

USA

03/09/19

Juneau International

USA

03/09/19

Yakutat

USA

04/09/19

Valdez Pioneer Field

USA

04/09/19

Merrill Field – Anchorage

USA

04/09/19

Iliamna

USA

05/09/19

Aniak

USA

05/09/19

Unalakleet

USA

05/09/19

Nome

USA

05/09/19

Provideniya Bay Airport

RUSSIA

08/09/19

Anadyr Airport – Ugolny)

RUSSIA

09/09/19

Markovo

RUSSIA

10/09/19

Severo – Evensk

RUSSIA

10/09/19

Magadan Sokol Airport

RUSSIA

11/09/19

Okhotsk Airport

RUSSIA

12/09/19

Chumikan

RUSSIA

12/09/19

Khabarovsk Novy

RUSSIA

13/09/19

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport

RUSSIA

14/09/19

Sapporo Airport

JAPAN

15/09/19

Sendai

JAPAN

16/09/19

Chofu Airport (Tokyo)

JAPAN

17/09/19

Miho

JAPAN

23/09/19

Seoul Airport

S. KOREA

24/09/19

Yantai

CHINA TBC

27/09/19

Zhengzhou

CHINA TBC

28/09/19

Wuhan

CHINA TBC

29/09/19

Chengdu

CHINA TBC

30/09/19

Guiyang

CHINA TBC

10/10/19

Nanning

CHINA TBC

11/10/19

Ha Noi/Noi Bai International Airport

VIETNAM

12/10/19

Luang Phabang

LAOS

17/10/19

Mandalay

MYANMAR

18/10/19

Chittagong Shah Amanat Airport

BANGLADESH

19/10/19

Kolkata Airport

INDIA

21/10/19

Kanpur Airport

INDIA

22/10/19

IAF Hindon – Delhi

INDIA

22/10/19

Jodhpur Airport

INDIA

25/10/19

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport

INDIA

28/10/19

Karachi Jinnah International. Airport

PAKISTAN

29/10/19

Gwadar Airport

PAKISTAN

30/10/19

Al Maktoum International Airport

UAE

31/10/19

Abu Dhabi – AL Bateen Exec Airport

UAE

01/11/19

Bahrain International Airport

BAHRAIN

03/11/19

Kuwait Airport

KUWAIT

08/11/19

Aqaba/King Hussein Int Airport

JORDAN

09/11/19

Hurghada Airport

EGYPT

12/11/19

Cairo International Airport

EGYPT

14/11/19

Larnaka Airport

CRETE

15/11/19

Rhodes

GREECE

16/11/19

Eleftherios Venizelos Airport

GREECE

17/11/19

Ioannis Kapodistrias Airport

GREECE

18/11/19

Taranto-Grottaglie Airport

ITALY

19/11/19

Pescara Airport

ITALY

19/11/19

Genoa

ITALY

20/11/19

Cannes

FRANCE

20/11/19

Milan Bresso

ITALY

22/11/19

Dubendorf Airport

SWITZERLAND

25/11/19

Paris Le Bourget Airport

FRANCE

28/11/19

Schiphol / Amsterdam

HOLLAND

01/12/19

Chichester/Goodwood Airport

UK

04/12/19

 

 

The Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar and Fly A Spitfire applaud this bold undertaking and hope that the Silver Spitfire mission is a roaring success. We’ll be keeping a keen eye on their progress.

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Images credit: John Dibbs/Simon Smith