Historic flight recreated

DISPLAY A Spitfire fighter aircraft flies over Hampshire, piloted by the world's only female Spitfire pilot, Carolyn Grace, for the 75th anniversary of the first flight of the aircraft from Southampton
DISPLAY A Spitfire fighter aircraft flies over Hampshire, piloted by the world's only female Spitfire pilot, Carolyn Grace, for the 75th anniversary of the first flight of the aircraft from Southampton
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ONE of the last surviving Spitfires – possibly the Second World War’s most iconic British aircraft – has taken part in a re-enactment of its test flight 75 years ago.

Piloted by its owner Carolyn Grace, the plane made a lap of Southampton International Airport at Eastleigh with its undercarriage down, just like the 1936 test flight.

She then treated the crowd to a display of aerobatics over the airport at Eastleigh before flying out across Southampton water and back up the River Hamble towards Eastleigh, allowing it to be seen from Fareham borough.

Stephane Degrutere, originally from Normandy, France, but now living in Fareham, said: ‘I went to the park in Sarisbury Green to see it. I was in a good position on the hill and got a great view as it came down the river.

‘It was a great sight to see.

‘Being from Normandy, for me the Spitfire is a very important thing and we have a great deal of respect for it.’

Mrs Grace’s aircraft was built in 1944 and is one of only 50 worldwide still airworthy. It is credited with shooting down the first German plane on D-Day.