When Steve Brooks Y Matt jones, pilots and aviation enthusiasts, bought a fighter ten years ago 1943 Silver SpitfireThey decided to pay homage in some way to the paradigmatic design and unique engineering of the iconic British aircraft, a symbol of the allies during World War II.
On August 5 both will take off from the south of England with this carefully restored hunt to tour over 43,000 kilometers over several months and visit about 30 countries. The pilot Brooks confessed, in an interview with Efe, that the intention of the project is that "people see it and hear it in the sky 75 years after its construction."
The British pilot showed his emotion when talking about the ship: "The Spitfire is one of the most precious aircraft ever built, it was designed to defend human freedom and there is something magical about it".
It is for this reason that Brooks and Jones decided to "bring back to life" this jewel of aviation that is used to being exhibited in museums as an untouchable object.
"They were built to fly, they were not built to be on land," he said.
The Spitfire, designed by RJ Mitchell in the 1930s, is one of the most famous fighter planes in history and the one that was produced in greater quantities during World War II, with more than 20,000 copies in less than a decade.
The airplane had a fundamental role in the British victory over the Nazis during the Battle of England in 1940, in which the Germans flew with the Messerschmitt Bf 109, another of the best-known fighter planes in history.
It was this triumph that caused him to become an "emblem of freedom" and a pride for the United Kingdom.
"This particular plane was not in this contest. It was built in 1943, but flew 51 times in World War II," he said.
The pilots began with the restoration two and a half years ago, a job that Brooks described as "a massive project" in which its sponsor, the IWC Schaffhausen aviator watch firm, has allowed "the plane to remain precisely same way it would have been at the time. "
To restore the fighter, a large team of engineers dismounted the plane and removed up to 8,000 screws. This intense work has allowed the Spitfire to retain exactly the same technology as then, with a unique finish in silver and chrome, and a GPS added to the helmet as a novelty.
During the trip, the Spitfire will land in several countries that have never seen such an airplane at their airfields. Some of the destinations that include the route are cities such as Tokyo, Seoul, Delhi or Abu Dhabi, a "unique opportunity," Brooks said, to "show hunting around the world."
Of the places he is most excited to visit, he highlighted Japan and the Latvian coast. "Flying over the Middle East, the pyramids or the Golden Gate Bridge will be interesting, this kind of going up and down will be exciting all the time," he said.
The British pilot also stressed that the trip will allow him to contemplate the world from a different perspective: "You go up there and it is empty, there is no one. You fly for hours and hours through the forests, jungles and deserts that make you remember the fantastic and great is our planet. "
At a time of tension in the United Kingdom caused by the "brexit", Brooks considered that this project helps to show to the world "British engineering at its best".
"It's about claiming freedom, doing fun and beautiful things, going out and showing the world something that makes people stop for a moment and get excited," he added.
The pilot is very aware of the challenges that may arise along the way, although he commented that it is difficult to control "because travel always changes as they go."
"For me the most difficult thing has been learning to fly the Spitfire," he added.
Travel weeks that require great physical and mental preparation await Jones and Brooks. Asked about what he will do before taking off on August 5, the pilot replied: "Just spend time with the family before we leave."
After buying the game at auction ten years ago, Steve and Matt created the Boultbee Flight Academy at Goodwood Estate, in the south of England, to share their passion for Spitfires with as many pilots as possible; In the coming months they will do the same but around the globe.
The adventure of these pilots is scheduled to end on December 7 landing again in the south of England, to put the finishing touch to your trip. EFE
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