AEROPLANE meets DAVE RATCLIFFE

For sheer enthusiasm about flying warbirds, it’s hard to beat this 1927 three-litre Bentley driver and Spitfire pilot

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BEN DUNNELL

For the vast majority of modern-day Spitfire pilots, flying the Supermarine fighter represents the fulfilment of a long-held dream. Even with numbers of airworthy examples burgeoning, it remains a pretty rarefied club. Having the ambition is one thing; reaching a position where it’s even a possibility, let alone actually getting the chance, is quite another. Talk to those who have managed it, and the range of different routes they’ve taken to get there is remarkable.

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