The adventure started nine years ago when Brooks bought the two-seater at an auction. He originally wanted to restore the plane and fly it to South Africa, but Jones had other plans. “Matt said no, no, no. We are going to go around the world,” Brooks recalled with a smile.
The first time Jones took the restored Spitfire, rechristened the “Silver Spitfire” for its chrome finish, out for a spin, the experience was almost spiritual. “It’s very emotional the first time you fly an airplane like that. My first thought I think was I can’t believe what’s happening at this moment. I couldn’t take it all in. I kept my cool for about a minute after getting out but then I cried for about ten minutes afterwards,” he said.
The UK news outlet The Telegraph has more from Jones, Brooks and other members of the Silver Spitfire flight crew below.