Two British aviators take off Monday on a first-ever attempt to fly a Spitfire around the world, proclaiming the iconic fighter plane as a symbol of freedom. The restored plane fought in World War II but has been de-militarised, stripped of its guns and paintwork to reveal the shining, silvery metal underneath. The official record will note that this aircraft is MJ 271, veteran of more than 50 missions over enemy territory in the last two years of World War II. Pilot Steve Brooks said: ‘It’s the most majestic machine. We’re hoping to reacquaint people with the beauty and the aesthetic of the Spitfire.’ The 76-year-old plane took off from Goodwood Aerodrome at around 1.30pm today for a four-month, 27,000 miles (43,500km) adventure westwards around the globe. The magnificent 76-year-old WWII plane has been stripped of its camouflage and squadron markings and polished to a shine The gleaming Silver Spitfire took to the skies over Sussex this afternoon accompanied by contemporaries. Of around 20,000 built, fewer than 250 survive, and only 50 or so are still airworthy RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Exclusive: RAF has smallest combat force in history with… Goodbye to one of the last of The Few: Hero Battle… Read full this story
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