Restored World War II Spitfire begins round-the-world trip

Discussion in 'The War In The Air' started by Dave55, Aug 6, 2019.

  1. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

  2. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Been to-ing & fro-ing on the look since this was announced.
    At first I thought it was lovely, but now think it looks odd. Polished Ali is for Mustangs etc., Spitfires are matt, mud/sand colours... & pink.

    Understand the reasoning; eye-catching & camo might be an issue on a world tour. Cracking job to whoever did the polishing too, but it does look a bit strange to me.

    Best of luck to 'em, though.
    Steel balls to take a 76 year old machine on that trip.

    They've a solid history on the airframe, and it seems uncommonly original for a current flyer:
    Spitfire MJ271 History - Silver Spitfire
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  3. bofors

    bofors Senior Member

    Saw this on the news last night, I agree with you von Poop, being silver does look strange.
    It is a pity they don't seem to have a list of where they are going, it would be great to see it fly into Maryborough aerodrome!

  4. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    If you go to their website as per von Poop's link, there is a tab for Expedition which opens to Flight Tracker of this aircraft.
    Currently appears to have returned back to Lossiemouth, which might indicate an issue in flight, having got past the north of Scotland before turning back when nearly level with Stromness. Live Flight Tracker - Silver Spitfire

    It also indicates the planned flight path, always subject to change as circumstances develop.

    I'm convinced that yesterday something akin to the silver Spitfire flew north past my home from the coast near Bexhill, but that doesn't show on the flight path, so must have been something similar.....
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  6. SteveDee

    SteveDee Well-Known Member

    Your link doesn't work for me, but this one: Live Flight Tracker - Silver Spitfire me this, but I don't see any flight path, only the current location:


    I think the only delay has been due to bad weather in Iceland, which now means they are about 4 days behind schedule.

    The Silver Spitfire on Instagram: “#Repost @petwoodbear • • • • • • Well what a day! What a shot of @typhoondisplayteam typhoon and G-IRTY @thesilverspitfire over…”
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  7. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    I believe that the lack of a flight path is simply because the plane is on the ground - meaning the current 'flight' has finished. The 'next flight' will show as a separate 'flight' and so on - it's a live tracking app so doesn't show previous flights.
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  8. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Steve, as above, there's a clue in "flight" tracker Currently on the ground and if you zoom in it does show some taxying movement currently.
    The link DID work on 6th August :) and you can still link in to the website Flight Tracker section.

    If you scroll down below the map, it displays the itinerary and (anticipated) dates of arrival and departure.
    Hope that helps!
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  9. SteveDee

    SteveDee Well-Known Member

    Yes Kevin, I did get the clue. Its just that when I clicked on "View Tracks" I'd wondered whether it would show the journey so far (e.g. like "tracks" on a GPS device). It certainly would be useful if it did.:plane:

    My computer is set to be as tight on incoming security threats as my wallet is for outgoing cash leaks. So sometimes I don't see the full picture (as seen by others) generated by all these dreadful Javascripts.

    Your link gives me error 404, probably because someone has fiddled with the site layout in the last day or two.


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