Thursday, 1 February 2018

Spitfire shape to commemorate #RAF100

On Tuesday a flew around Southern England to create a 'Spitfire shape'.

I did this to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the RAF, which is this year, and also to remember 'The Few' and the somewhat 'Forgotten Fewer' those pilots who were from outside the UK and took part in the Battle of Britain. Roughly 1 in 5 were from outside the UK with New Zealand fielding the second biggest contingent in that group.

Some details about the flight: Distance flown - 365 nautical miles, flight time - 3 hrs 10 minutes, various altitudes flown to avoid airspace, several months planning and practising parts of the route. 

Unlike the Dreamliner over the USA last year I did not have the help of an autopilot to fly the route for me, the Spitfire shape is mainly curves which are much harder to fly than straight lines. Also it was surprisingly turbulent for a Winter's day which made it all the more challenging.

The story is already being shared far and wide by the RAF press office and it's proving popular on Social media too.