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UK trainee pilots given chance to fly 'iconic' restored Spitfire

August 12, 2011 - London

A flight academy in Britain is giving people a chance to become 'fighter aces' by flying three different World War II planes, including the iconic Spitfire TR-9 model that helped secure a decisive victory.

The legendary aircrafts have been restored at the Boultbee Academy in Oxfordshire.

According to the Daily Mail, the two-day course costs 5,400 pounds.

Aspiring pilots will be given an hour-and-ten-minute lesson in the Tiger Moth, 40 minutes in the Harvard military plane and half-an-hour in the restored Spitfire.

Trainees will undergo the same exercises that pilots undertook before the Battle of Britain, including drills on how to avoid enemy fire and various complex flying manoeuvres, the tabloid said.

The Spitfire, known as G-ILDA, was originally a single-seater aircraft built at a factory in Castle Bromwich, West Midlands.

After it suffered extensive damage to its bodywork, it was dumped in a scrap yard in Cape Town and bought by property tycoon Boultree Brooks in 2009 for 1.7 million pounds at auction.

He then converted it into a twin-seater, one of only three two-seater Spitfires still flying, the paper said.


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