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Round-the-world Spitfire welcomed to Moray


By Alistair Whitfield


The Silver Spitfire being given an escort over Moray by a Typhoon
The Silver Spitfire being given an escort over Moray by a Typhoon

A 1943 silver-painted Spitfire landed at RAF Lossiemouth yesterday in the first step of an attempt to fly right around the world.

The Second World War, which set off from Goodwood Aerodrome near Brighton, is being piloted by aviators Matt Jones and Steve Brooks.

Their planned route will take in some of the most famous landmarks on the planet, including the Grand Canyon and the snow-capped peak of Mount Fuji.

An RAF Lossiemouth spokesperson said: "It is a pleasure to host the Silver Spitfire at RAF Lossiemouth.

"The Spitfire is one of the most iconic British aircraft ever made, and often the inspiration behind those joining the RAF.

"RAF Lossiemouth itself has a rich aviation history spanning eighty years – from Wellingtons and Blenheims in the 1940s, to the four Squadrons flying the Typhoon today.

"Our crews will also be flying the very first RAF P-8A Poseidon from Moray very soon.

"We wish Matt and Steve the best."

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