Around the world in a Silver Spitfire

Progress! Two legs today.

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Flight track from Jodhpur to Ahmedabad not yet available but you can see from the map below, that G-IRTY must have flown South from Jodhpur.

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There are war memorials for both World Wars in Karachi.

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Cemetery

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Cemetery
 
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G-IRTY left Karachi this morning and seems to have flown the route of highway N10. There was no track when I looked but I found a partial track for he Pilatus support aircraft OY-THP.

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The tracks below show Pasni to Gwadar International Airport.
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Area overview:
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The foregoing tendency for shorter hops had me thinking G-IRTY might fly to UAE via Muscat but in fact they are flying direct to UAE with no stops.

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Note the shape of the border at Al Ain
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The Spitfire descended from a height of around 8300ft to around 4000ft then increased speed on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. After that long flight I think the pilot was excited and elated at the sight below him and was dancing about in the sky :lol:

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They have arrived at Al Bateen Executive Airport, Abu Dhabi.
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Next up:

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ETA:
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Definitely worth watching this short clip. I think they were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic welcome they received.


ETA Map below. Next: Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, Italy.
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I think there is a danger of me choking back the emotions when she makes it back to Blighty.
Certainly, she has to be one of our more notable mechanical WW2 Veterans.
I'll be travelling from Jockkanistan to visit her, and share "the same air space" in wherever her home becomes. What an epic journey for what is now a globally famous heroine.
 
Today G-IRTY flew from Kuwait, over Saudi Arabia, to Aquaba in the far South West corner of Jordan.

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Below are a couple of posts from Kuwait.

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Today's flight was a display flight.

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Matt did a brief video blog to celebrate the 720 nautical mile flight to Jordan, commenting on the scenery and on being that bit closer to home.

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ETA new tweet and pics:

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Now who will be first to build a model of G-IRTY? I wonder if a kit will come out, basically a standard spit kit with the decals?
 
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23rd Nov - No flight activity on the tracker but here is the Week 12 update video, a tweet about the sortie in Jordan, some captures of the photos for those without access to Twitter and a map showing where they are in relation to the UK. I wonder if they decided on a rest day as some of the crew sound knackered.
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Today's flight was a display flight.
Now who will be first to build a model of G-IRTY? I wonder if a kit will come out, basically a standard spit kit with the decals?
C'mon old girl! You can do it.;)
It may be a Ltd Edition...and expensive. Someone might milk for all it's worth for mugs like me.
Either way, it'll be getting bought if it means cashing an ISIS!
 
C'mon old girl! You can do it.;)
It may be a Ltd Edition...and expensive. Someone might milk for all it's worth for mugs like me.
Either way, it'll be getting bought if it means cashing an ISIS!
What are you cashing in? Don't you mean an ISA or is there something we should know...
 
Well here is a surprise. After an unscheduled rest day (?) in Jordan yesterday, G-IRTY has flown via Mersa in Egypt to Heraklion (Greece) in the Mediterranean. My guess is that the guys would have loved to have flown to Cyprus as per the schedule (which is only a rough guide anyway) but given the fatigue felt by the team at this stage of the journey it would be just a bit too much. There may be logistical reasons too but fatigue is an important one I think. Someone further up the thread suggested this was a paid jolly. Jolly tiring more like. Crossing the Med from North Africa in to Europe is not just an important milestone in this journey but also important psychologically so worth he big push today to avoid additional nights in different hotels.

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I missed the official Spidertracks plot of the flight to Mersa. Flightradar24 track for G-IRTY is incomplete and misses the stop at Mersa..
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..so I found the flight track for the Pilatus support aircraft, OY-THP, for the first leg of today's journey:

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Found a nice photo of G-IRTY on the JetPhotos site. (Not related to today's flight) : G-IRTY | Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX | Private | Claire.GC8 | JetPhotos

ETA 25th Nov - new tweets re yesterday's flights

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‎The Spitfire Series: Restoring a Spitfire, with Martin Overall on Apple Podcasts
Restoring a Spitfire, with Martin Overall

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Updated the post above with new tweets re yesterday's flights plus links re restoration.

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ETA 26 Nov - Interesting tweet, suggests that the intention had been to fly to Italy yesterday and that the stop at Athens was due to weather.
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The schedule has been updated with all the stops as far as Heraklion (day 66). The remaining part of the schedule is no guarantee of the general route. Weather and fatigue (they really want to get home now) may affect the route.

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ETA - Looking at that map, thinking of the Greek Resistance and Operation Avalanche, Salerno, Italy.
ETA 2 - This may be interesting for any former scouts:

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An incredible journey. Father flew Spitfires so they are a special, special plane...and obviously to all those who have welcomed them as they have traveled on their 'laughter-silvered wings’.
 

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