IWC Schaffhausen to sponsor Silver Spitfire flight
September 19, 2018: Luxury watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen has become the main sponsor for "Silver Spitfire – The Longest Flight", brainchild of Steve Boultbee-Brooks and Matt Jones, founders of the Boultbee Flight Academy. Next summer, a carefully restored Spitfire, boasting a unique silver-chrome finish, will take off from London to embark on a round-the-world flight.
The aircraft, built in 1943, will cover more than 43,000 kilometres over several months, visiting about 30 countries on its way.
"More than any other aircraft, the Spitfire symbolises man's dream of flying. She is a masterpiece of engineering, who was born ahead of her time and who continues to dazzle with her iconic design. We were instantly captivated by the ambitious idea of flying this aircraft around the world and we are excited to be able to help this adventure along its way," said Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen.
The Boultbee Flight Academy is the first officially recognised Spitfire flying academy in the world.