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Pilot creates Spitfire shape over England to honor those who took part in the Battle of Britain

The reason for this flight is, as 2018 is the year of the 100th anniversary of the RAF, so to remember ‘The Few’ (the pilots) and also the many (ground crew, fabricators) and particularly the forgotten people involved in the Battle of Britain

So many wonderful things are taking place all over the U.K. as the Royal Air Force (RAF) marks its centenary. Here’s a plucky pilot who flew a route in the shape of a Spitfire over the country to remember the service fallen pilots.

Inspired by Boeing’s 787 outline stunt in August last year Andy McKee decided to attempt to recreate a Spitfire outline in his plane he built in his garage. Planning out the route was a challenge as the airspace around London is congested, plus Andy would be flying the entire time by hand without the help of autopilot.

According the Royal Air Force news release, the reason for this flight is, as 2018 is the year of the 100th anniversary of the RAF, so to remember ‘The Few’ (the pilots) and also the many (ground crew, fabricators) and particularly the forgotten people from outside the UK that were involved in the Battle of Britain.

Roughly 1 in 5 pilots who took part were from countries other than the United Kingdom. New Zealand fielded the second most number of pilots with 135 taking part. (Andy McKee was born in New Zealand but has lived in the UK for the last 18 years.)

This print is available in multiple sizes from AircraftProfilePrints.com – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb – W3257 E-FY – 1941

Of the New Zealander Sir Keith Park (the commander of number 11 Group during the Battle of Britain) Lord Tedder, Chief of the Air Staff, said.

“If any one man won the Battle of Britain, he did. I do not believe it is realised how much that one man, with his leadership, his calm judgement and his skill, did to save, not only this country but the world.”

Andy McKee is 46 years old and lives in Bedfordshire. He has been a pilot since 2004. His aircraft used for this flight was the homebuilt ‘Silence Twister’. Andy constructed it from a kit over 5.5 years putting in over 3,000 workshop hours in the process.

Last year Andy embarked on an ‘epic’ trip in his Twister, flying over to the U.S. and back again via the North Atlantic, Iceland, Greenland and Canada.

Here’s a video showing McKee creating the Spitfire shape.

Photo credit: Crown Copyright

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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