More than any other aircraft, the Spitfire symbolises man’s dream of flying. A masterpiece of engineering, she was born ahead of her time and continues to dazzle with her iconic design.
To celebrate the visionary engineering and beautiful shape of this aircraft, IWC initiated a partnership with the Boultbee Flight Academy in 2018. The world’s first Spitfire training school and flight provider is owned by British pilots Matt Jones and Steve Boultbee Brooks. The academy specialises in passenger flights and flight simulator experiences for non-pilots, as well as Spitfire flight training for pilots.
The Boultbee Flight Academy has its headquarters at Goodwood Aerodrome, West Sussex. The proximity to the white cliffs of Beachy Head and the Needles means that Spitfire flying experiences can be conducted around one of the most iconic landscapes on the United Kingdom’s south coast.
In August 2019, Matt Jones and Steve Boultbee Brooks took off from Goodwood to begin the first-ever round-the-world flight in a Spitfire. After covering a total of almost 43,000 kilometres and visiting over 20 countries on the way, they accomplished their record-breaking flight precisely four months later. IWC had supported the expedition “Silver Spitfire - The Longest Flight” as the primary partner and official timekeeper.