Two intrepid aviators are on a mission to fly the Silver Spitfire around the world, visiting some of the planet’s most famous landmarks on their way. Recently, they landed at Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company’s facility in Mojave.
The Spitfire is a single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by Britain’s Royal Air Force during World War II. The Silver Spitfire is a Mk.IX Spitfire finished in polished aluminium and with the guns removed. Pilots Matt Jones and Steve Brooks are hoping that the ‘bare metal’ state of the aircraft will draw attention to the beauty of the Spitfire’s design, highlighting the unique and famous shape of the airframe.
So far, the Silver Spitfire has flown from the UK to the US, via Iceland, Greenland and Canada. Upon arrival in Mojave, the Silver Spitfire was met by Virgin Galactic’s chief pilot Dave Mackay. With over 40 years experience as a pilot, which includes 16 years serving in the RAF, Dave was pleased to welcome one of Britain’s most renowned aircrafts, before showing the team Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo.
Watch the video below to see what happened when the Silver Spitfire visited Virgin Galactic…