The latest leg of the “Silver Spitfire - The Longest Flight” expedition marked some important milestones and brilliant achievements for the team. As well as enjoying a brief break in Bahrain for the last mechanical checks of the trip, the pilots completed their lengthiest flight so far, had an unforgettable encounter with Egypt’s pyramids, and finally made it back on to European soil for the first time since August.
“Fresh from a spectacular IWC event in Abu Dhabi, where we’d seen an air display by the Blades, we journeyed to Bahrain. It was phenomenal to fly our Spitfire in over the desert, and once we arrived, we were honoured to receive a royal welcome from Sheikh Isa and Sheikh Mohammed, who spent some time looking at the plane and talking with the crew.
“With all the checks complete, we returned to the cockpit, eventually landing in Aqaba in Jordan via Kuwait. To get there we completed the longest flight of the project so far. This mammoth stage of 720 nautical miles took over three hours and 20 minutes non-stop flying. Of course, it was extremely tiring, but seeing the beautiful surrounding scenery over the Spitfire’s wing made the effort truly worth it.
“From Jordan, we headed to Egypt, where we had the unbelievable opportunity to fly over the Pyramids; another unforgettable experience for the whole team. A quick pitstop in the Egyptian town of Marsa was followed by another big push, as we crossed the Mediterranean Sea to the town of Heraklion, which is located on Crete, the largest of the Greek Islands. It feels amazing to be back on European soil and we’re really looking forward to the final push home.”
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