Mary Ellis has so sadly died. This is Mary and me about to go flying in our Spitfire from Sandown Isle of Wight on a glorious sunny day. Now I feel Mary will always be flying in a Spitfire on a sunny day just as she would wish to be
ML407 holding the fort - just! Though 3 to 1 was often the odds for Spitfire / ME109. Now imagine a day out - two mates - 1 in ML407 other in our 2 seat Buchon/ME109 flanked by a Spitfire V and a Buchon/ME109 four engines what a sound what a sight!
Grace Spitfire and Buchon (ME109) flew together this week with our first dual flight passengers You can now book your flight in this original historical aircraft the only two seat Buchon in the world. Flights@ML407.co.uk ultimatewarbirdflights.com
ML407 in full D-Day markings painted on with rollers and brushes as done 74 years ago for Johnnie Houlton DFC to fly his Spitfire on the Overlord (D-Day) battle where they shot down the first enemy aircraft on D-Day at Omaha Beach. We, with ML407 honour those who saved so many.
Today 29th April 74 years ago ML407 was delivered by Jackie Moggridge to Johnnie Houlton- here with ML407 ground crew Vic Strange and Ron White-history saved by Nick Grace then Carolyn Grace now Richard Grace. Emotive day.
A truly astounding achievement again by my incredible team at Air Leasing headed by Richard Grace here doing first engine run this evening on the P47 that arrived in a container 12 days ago inspected/repainted/reassembled - result
A new page from us at Air Leasing not specific to the Grace Spitfire, more of a general insight in to what we are up to. Like us, there's an unseen pic of a new arrival... We also have a shiny new website - ultimatewarbirdflights.com
33 years ago today I sat in our Spitfire ML407, with Nick in front ready to fly the first flight after his 5 year restoration -Richard was 9 months old -this photo shows Richard about to fly me 25 years on same date to commemorate his fathers achievement
Me entering a loop in 1994 not pulling too hard so I do not black out, due to G forces, but hard enough to fly a good loop in formation with camera ship which was being flown by the truly incredibly talented Pete Kynsey with John Dibbs on camera who did do a brill job!!
The Grace Spitfire Facebook page has poignant photo of ATA legend Jackie Moggridge with WWII ace veteran pilot Johnnie Houlton when we re-enacted 50 years on her delivery of ML407 to him on 29th April 1944
Stunning night photo by Darren Harbar at Duxford 2004. ML407 in full D-Day livery to commemorate D-Day and the significant role our Spitfire had that Day shooting down first enemy aircraft during the landings