Flight fan­tas­tic

The gears of a his­toric Sil­ver Spit­fire are warm­ing for its next am­bi­tious em­barka­tion: a round-the­globe cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion, mainly spon­sored by IWC Schaffhausen, dis­cov­ers Me­lainne Chiew

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In a spec­tac­u­lar homage to its 80-year his­tory in the man­u­fac­tur­ing of pi­lot’s watches, IWC Schaffhausen will sup­port an am­bi­tious flight ex­pe­di­tion around the world. Named Sil­ver Spit­fire – The Long­est Flight, the up­com­ing jour­ney of sev­eral months will kick off in Au­gust 2019 from Eng­land, at­tempt­ing to tra­verse more than 43,000km across some 30 coun­tries in a his­tor­i­cally im­por­tant Sil­ver Spit­fire.

Marked MJ271 and orig­i­nally named the Spit­fire when it was built in 1943, the sin­gle-seat fighter air­craft is cur­rently be­ing re­fur­bished and has been rechris­tened Sil­ver Spit­fire, after its bril­liant new sil­ver- chrome fin­ish. From Europe, the iconic British plane will set off for Canada and into the US, be­fore pass­ing through East Asia to In­dia, cruis­ing over the Mid­dle East and then head­ing back to Europe. It will stop over in sev­eral coun­tries, with each oc­ca­sion slated to be a rare vis­ual treat and an ex­cit­ing flash­back to a by­gone era.

French artist Ro­main Hu­gault, a pi­lot him­self and renowned for his avi­a­tion comics and pin-up-style il­lus­tra­tions, will ac­com­pany it on its ex­pe­di­tion, to doc­u­ment the jour­ney in draw­ing.

“The Spit­fire sym­bol­ises man’s dream of fly­ing. She is a mas­ter­piece of en­gi­neer­ing born ahead of her time, con­tin­u­ing to daz­zle even to­day with her iconic de­sign. We were in­stantly cap­ti­vated by the am­bi­tious idea of fly­ing this air­craft around the world and we are ex­cited to be able to help with this ad­ven­ture,” says Christoph Grainger-herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen.

The ex­pe­di­tion is the brain­child of pi­lots Steve Boult­bee-brooks and Matt Jones, co-founders of the Boult­bee Flight Academy, which IWC Schaffhausen has of­fi­cially part­nered with. The academy, head­quar­tered at Good­wood Aero­drome in West Sus­sex, is the world’s first of­fi­cial Spit­fire train­ing school.

Shares Jones: “IWC Schaffhausen shares our pas­sion for avi­a­tion and our ad­mi­ra­tion for the Spit­fire. We know we have found the per­fect part­ner to make our vi­sion of a round-the-world flight re­al­ity.”

Pi­lots Steve Boult­beeBrooks and Matt Jones

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