ABC-TV Australia primary Channel (ABC2/3) will be showing the UK made documentary "Silver Spitfire - the Longest Flight" at 9.25pm AEDST (similar time for local delayed broadcast in various states) on Tuesday 1 March 2022. It will be repeated at 10.58AM local broadcast times on Thursday 3 March 2022.
The blurb for the documentary reads as: A British pilot and his team attempt a dangerous, world-first circumnavigation of the Earth in an 80-year-old vintage World War II fighter to inspire a new generation through the freedom of flight.
I expect that it will also be available online on ABC iView, but remember from tomorrow 1 March 2022 you will need to have an account and log in to use iView.
Nice timing before the Australian Spitfire Association meeting at Temora this weekend.
Colin Ford Canberra, Australia Historian, No.268 Squadron Royal Air Force, 1940-1946
Just watched this, great stuff seeing that beautiful silver machine over some stunning scenery, must have been a bit of a concern for the crew here and there. I know I can search her history found it a bit of a pity for the doco's sake they didn't go into much of the machines history?
Bit on her history....... The fighter flew with the Royal Netherlands Air Force as H-8, and later 3W-8. It then became a decoy, and was later displayed in the war museum of Delfzijl. After restoration, the aircraft became a static exhibit in fake colours as ‘MH424’/‘H-53’, initially in the Aviodome at Schiphol and later in the Aviodrome in Lelystad.
The Lismore area on the north coast of NSW together with many other major centres has been hit with a 1 in 1000 year storm event. We have been starting to feel it here in Sydney but nowhere like up north and in Queensland. In the two months since Jan 1 at my home I have received way over half the total rainfall for all of 2021 and today they told us to expect up to 150mm. Right now it is pouring down and I cannot clearly see the houses at the bottom of the street. There has been loss of life as well and the effects shall be felt for many many months perhaps years.
I had the very great privilege of a personal tour of the aircraft with John Romain at Duxford while it was doing its 'breaking in' trial flights. Beautiful. What amazed me about the documentary was the fact that it just looked like it was so normal to just get in and go for a two/three hour flight somewhere......