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The Spitfire Series

In partnership with IWC, the Silver Spitfire, a restored version of the iconic plane, will do something no other plane of its kind has attempted before. In August 2019, the single-seat, WWII-era craft will embark on an expedition to circle the globe. The Spitfire Series Podcast, puts the spotlight on the pilots and the crew of the iconic plane as they share their stories in this intimate series hosted by John Hudson, the UK’s military’s chief survival expert and a former RAF helicopter pilot.  


Chocks Away

 

In this intimate interview, Silver Spitfire pilot Matt Jones reveals to John Hudson his feelings about the potential challenges he faces in the cockpit of the historic plane.

 

You can also listen to the Spitfire Series on SpotifyAcast and Apple Podcasts

 


The longest flight

 

He’s the Silver Spitfire’s man on the ground, the person who ensures the aircraft adheres to the rules and regulations of the over 30 countries she will visit. Project Director Lachlan Monro and John Hudson discuss the preparation, planning and the challenges involved in making sure the skies remain smooth for the plane.

 

You can also listen to the Spitfire Series on SpotifyAcast and Apple Podcasts

 


Restoring a Spitfire

 

Martin Overall, chief engineer of Aircraft Restoration Company, is one of the very few, very lucky people with first-hand knowledge of Spitfire restoration. In the fourth episode of the Spitfire Series, John Hudson talks with Martin about the restoration process and some of the surprising ways he finds Spitfire parts. 

 

You can also listen to the Spitfire Series on SpotifyAcast and Apple Podcasts

 


Craft and design

 

John Hudson is back with the third episode of the Spitfire Series. John and IWC Museum Curator Dr. David Seyffer have a lively discussion about the art, craft and design of the Spitfire and how it relates to Pilot’s Watch design cues.

 

You can also listen to the Spitfire Series on SpotifyAcast and Apple Podcasts

 


Sounds of the Spitfire

 

In our second episode, Chief Engineer Gerry Jones and Boultbee Head of Operations Tim Granshaw explain what goes on under the hood of a Spitfire and the secret to that signature engine sound.

 

You can also listen to the Spitfire Series on Spotify, Acast and Apple Podcasts

 


Passion for flight

 

We start off the Spitifre Series with John Hudson in conversation with Matt Jones, pilot of the Silver Spitfire. In this episode, Matt discusses how he became a pilot and what led him to join the Silver Spitfire crew.

 

You can also listen to the Spitfire Series on SpotifyAcast and Apple Podcasts

 


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