Following last week’s update detailing the journey from Japan to Myanmar, the “Silver Spitfire - The Longest Flight” expedition continued apace, racking up the number of nautical miles to over 16,666. Although a few issues have delayed progress a little in November’s opening leg, pilots Steve Boultbee Brooks and Matt Jones have pressed on with their incredible record-breaking feat, journeying through India and Pakistan and landing in the Middle East.
“We opened this portion of the expedition in beautiful Myanmar, flying from Yangon to Mandalay. From there we were due to stop in Chittagong in Bangladesh, but we soon realised the visibility would be too poor, so instead we took in the extraordinary scenery from high above. After such a hard trip, it felt fantastic to eventually reach Kolkata in India, but there was more poor visibility to contend with and we were then kept grounded for a day.”
“In Nagpur, we were greeted with open arms by our hosts from the Indian Air Force. We were so grateful for their kind hospitality, especially as we had to stay an extra day after a few other issues. When everything was finally sorted, we returned to the cockpit to make the flight to Jodhpur. Once there we enjoyed a fascinating layover, visiting the local museum where our expedition had been added to an aviation exhibit, as well as receiving a warm welcome from the Maharaja and Maharani at the Palace. We even had a brilliant opportunity to film our stunning aircraft above the city itself, which was a real highlight of our time in India.”
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