Silver Spitfire spends time at Nellis

The Silver Spitfire lands at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., as part of its round-the-world journey. (Air Force photograph)

On Aug. 26, the Silver Spitfire — restored MK IX Spitfire manufactured in 1943 — arrived at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., as part of its round-the-world trip.

“The Silver Spitfire – The Longest Flight” is an attempt by two pilots, Matt Jones and Steve Brooks, to fly the iconic aircraft around the world. To date, the plane has made several stops in the United States including New York, Texas, Las Vegas and Mojave. Following the stop in Mojave, the aircraft flew over Los Angeles on its way to San Francisco.

The aircraft was restored by Aviation Adventures Ltd., and made its first flight since the 1950s at Duxford in England, on July 11, 2019. The circumnavigation of the globe trip began on Aug. 5.

The Spitfire is an iconic aircraft in aviation history given its role in the Battle of Britain and the Allied victory in World War II.

Service members and their families were able to visit the Silver Spitfire during its Nellis stop. (Air Force photograph)

According to the Silver Spitfire website, “The Silver Spitfire expedition will hopefully promote the ‘Best of British’ worldwide showcasing the nation’s heritage in engineering excellence, and an aircraft that changed the course of history.

“The Spitfire embodies not only a pinnacle in aerospace engineering and design but commemorates a generation of intrepid aviators prepared to stand up to oppression and make the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of freedom.”

The Silver Spitfire is part way through its circumnavigation of the globe attempt. (Air Force photograph)

The expedition will reunite the Spitfire with the many countries that owe their freedom, at least in part, to this iconic aircraft. The unmistakable sight and sound of this aircraft once again gracing the skies aims to inspire future generations more than 80 years after R.J. Mitchell’s timeless design first graced the skies.

For more information, and to track the Spitfire’s progress, visit

The Silver Spitfire sits on the flightline of Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., home of the USAF Thunderbirds. (Courtesy photograph)