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Around the world in a WWII plane

The mission Silver Spitfire: The Longest Flight will see pilots Steve Brooks (above left) and Matt Jones (above right) flying 43,000km in a Spitfire (left) and making 150 stops in 30 countries.
The mission Silver Spitfire: The Longest Flight will see pilots Steve Brooks (left) and Matt Jones (right) flying 43,000km in a Spitfire and making 150 stops in 30 countries.PHOTOS: IWC
The mission Silver Spitfire: The Longest Flight will see pilots Steve Brooks (above left) and Matt Jones (above right) flying 43,000km in a Spitfire (left) and making 150 stops in 30 countries.
The mission Silver Spitfire: The Longest Flight will see pilots Steve Brooks and Matt Jones flying 43,000km in a Spitfire (above) and making 150 stops in 30 countries.PHOTOS: IWC

Two British pilots will traverse the globe in a 1943 Spitfire to honour the plane's legacy as a defender of freedom

Next August, two British pilots will attempt a world first by circumnavigating the globe in a restored 1943 Spitfire, one of the most iconic planes of World War II.

By the time they are done, just before Christmas, Mr Steve Brooks and Mr Matt Jones would have covered 43,000km and made 150 stops in 30 countries, piloting the aircraft - which won victory laurels during the Battle of Britain in the early 1940s - through extreme conditions and air spaces it once served, as well as those it has never entered before.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 14, 2018, with the headline 'Around the world in a WWII plane'. Print Edition | Subscribe