Friday 10 July 2015

Spitfire Donations

While I object to the noise made by commercial aircraft, I find the roar of military flypasts exciting. They fly over my back garden, head straight down The Mall and zoom over Buckingham Palace to the delight of watching royalty. Today's flypast marked the 75th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain in World War Two (CLICK). On Thursday Prince William visited the Imperial War Museum Duxford to view one of the two Vickers Supermarine Spitfires Mk.1A rescued from the sands of Dunkirk by American philanthropist Thomas Kaplan (CLICK). Kaplan had both Spitfires meticulously restored. One he presented to the Imperial War Museum Duxford, the other he put into Christie's Exceptional London sale to benefit various charities. It fetched £3,106,500 (CLICK).


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