Military aircraft fans excited about Spitfire’s arrival in Taichung

Taipei-Dozens of military aircraft fans gathered at the Taichung International Airport Wednesday to see the arrival of the Silver Spitfire, a legendary World War II British fighter plane.

After days of delay due to poor weather in Japan, from where the plane departed, the plane landed at 12:30 p.m. in Taichung instead of the orifinally planned Taipei Songshan Airport.

The iconic fighter is scheduled to fly to Hong Kong Thursday on a global fundraising campaign.

The Silver Spitfire, which served in 51 combat missions during WWII, was restored in May and finished in polished aluminum with its weapons removed.

The fighter’s global trip, organized by the British Boultbee Flight Academy and called “The Longest Flight,” kicked off in the United Kingdom Aug. 5 as a fundraising campaign to support the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, which saves children”s lives and defends their rights in over 190 countries and territories.

The Silver Spitfire has flown across Canada, the United States, Russia and Japan and will travel to Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Europe after visiting Taiwan before returning to the U.K. in December.

Those who donate to the campaign have a chance to win a flight in another two-seater Spitfire that will fly in formation with the Silver Spitfire over the White Cliffs of Dover in the U.K.

The draw for the prize will take place in January 2020.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel