Spitfire Scholarship training begins & Prince Harry goes up in a Spitfire

With the aim of joining a flypast to mark the 75th Anniversary of The Battle of Britain, Alan Robinson and Nathan Forster have begun a flight training programme, similar to WW2 pilots. progressing from a Tiger Moth to a Harvard and finally the Spitfire itself. Flight training for the scholarship is delivered by Boultbee Flight Academy and supported by The Royal Foundation’s Endeavour Fund.

Prince Harry launched the scholarship selection in February 2014 and has since returned to meet the two successful candidates.
Prince Harry took the opportunity to experience a flight in a Spitfire and footage of this maiden flight was released in support of the start of scholarship training.

The scholarship draws inspiration from the pilot Douglas Bader who flew throughout the Second World War with 20 individual aerial victories despite losing both his legs in 1931. It will culminate with both candidates flying in the South of England Flypast on the 15th of September this year to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

The Flypast will see 35 Spitfires and Hurricanes from the UK, USA and Europe flying in formation from Boultbee Flight Academy’s base at Goodwood over the areas of the UK most affected by the fierce aerial combat that took place during the Battle of Britain. The event will commemorate those brave pilots who defended Britain’s shores in 1940 inspiring Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s iconic speech ‘The Few’.
Alan said: “The Spitfire Scholarship will fulfil a childhood dream. This incredible opportunity is both a privilege and an honour and something I hope to do with great respect as I know this aircraft means so much to so many.”

You can follow the training programme Alan and Nathan will be undertaking on www.thespitfirescholarship.co.uk

Prince Harry went up in a Spitfire on his maiden flight to raise awareness of the project (image: John M Dibbs)
Prince Harry went up in a Spitfire on his maiden flight to raise awareness of the project (image: John M Dibbs)
Prince Harry and the successful candidates pose with the team from Boultbee Flight Academy (image: Andy R Anable )
Prince Harry and the successful candidates pose with the team from Boultbee Flight Academy (image: Andy R Anable )
Spitfires in formation over the Isle of Wight (image: John M Dibbs)
Spitfires in formation over the Isle of Wight (image: John M Dibbs)