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Spitfire statue plans move a step closer

Artists' impression of a spitfire statue Credit: Southampton City Council

Plans for a statue of a Spitfire in Southampton have moved another step closer to reality.

Civic chiefs have discussed formally handing over land in Mayflower Park for the 130ft monument.

It would be one of the first parts of the proposed £450m Royal Pier development.


Spitfire and other wartime planes return to Kent for tribute to pilots

A spitfire waits to take to the skies in Kent Credit: ITV Meridian

A World War 2 fighter pilot will fulfill his lifelong ambition to fly a spitfire today - at the age of ninety. Neville Croucher, from Dover, flew a Hawker Hurricane in the war but never had the chance to fly a Spitfire.

Neville will be flying alongside other spitfires and war planes out of Headcorn. The planes have returned to this last remaining wartime strip known as "Hellfire Corner" where a museum will be dedicated to the courageous war-time pilots.

Forty flying Spitfires left in the world, this is number 41!

They were the iconic aircraft of World War Two, fighting above the skies of Southern England during the Battle of Britain. They were once produced in their thousands in factories in Hampshire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire.

Now there are only 40 Spitfires still flying in the world. One more has joined their number though, seven decades after the aircraft's heyday following a restoration project lasting four years. Derek Johnson reports.


Spitfire tradition lives on in Sussex

Click video. It's one of the most iconic flying machines ever built. The sight and sound of the Spitfire aircraft never fail to excite. Now you can buy a share in a Spitfire and learn to pilot it. The syndicate is the brainchild of a flying school in Sussex.

But - as you might imagine - owning a slice of aviation history doesn't come cheap. Malcolm Shaw has been to Goodwood Aerodrome to find out more.

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