A former RAF policeman in his 80's says he has achieved 'the ambition of a lifetime' by taking to the skies above Hampshire in a Spitfire.
John Allinson's granddaughter arranged the surprise. It was a thank you treat because the 85 year old has spent more than a decade as a carer, looking after his wife.
The twenty minute flight from Lee on the Solent took him over places like the Needles on the Isle of Wight.
- Kerry Swain was there to see him take off. Watch her report below:
It's more than 60 years since John Allinson left the Royal Airforce, but flying at up to 230 miles an hour in a Spitfire, he looked as calm and comfortable as if he was on a bus.
Going up in the most famous plane of World War Two has been a dream since he joined the RAF at 17 where he served five years in the military police.
John's grand daughter finally organised the flight he's waited 68 years to catch.
He travelled to Solent Airport from his home in Reading to board a 1944 Mark Nine Spitfire.
- John Allinson
- Lauren Allinson- Granddaughter, and Karen Allinson- Daughter-in-law:
John's Spitfire flight was organised as part of a campaign called 'No more Slippers' to challenge preconceptions about what older people are capable of.
Wonder what he'll do next?