Cotswold Airport welcomes a new resident

02/06/2023

Early in 2023, Cotswold Airport announced that they would be frequently hosting a former RAF aircraft later in the year. 

On June 1st, it was publicized that the aircraft would be arriving the next day. And, late morning on June 2nd, Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII MT818, operated by the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, touched down at Cotswold Airport, signifying the start of its work at the former RAF base. Its job is to provide pleasure flights for those who want the thrill of flying in a World War 2 hero and icon. Quite appropriately, the first flight had none other than the Airports CEO in the back seat! I understand that the aircraft will be performing these flights on Fridays and Saturdays only.

MT818 is a special bird as it is the only surviving Spitfire prototype. Having it so close to home is a pleasure, and I hope to see it regularly. 

In an attempt to not completely plagiarise the official website for this aircraft, I have attached their link below, please pay them a visit and learn more about these awe-inspiring aircraft that they operate! 

https://flyaspitfire.com/aircraft/1944-viii-trainer-mt818/

It would be awesome if the skies over the Cotswolds were graced by one of the other 3 Spitfires they operate, and maybe even their 2 seat P-51D Mustang at some point in the future!

A trip to Kemble on Saturday June 17th secured Spitfire number 2, TE308/G-AWGB. 

TE308s history can be seen in the link below:

https://flyaspitfire.com/aircraft/1945-spitfire-t9-te308/