Ron Spencer, who is well known in the town for his voluntary work at the Henhayes Centre and as a member of the Rotary Club of Crewkerne, will be taking to the skies again on Friday morning. The adventurous 90 year old gentleman, who realised a lifelong ambition two years ago to fly a Spitfire, will repeat the experience again on September 4th, weather permitting.
The two seater vintage aircraft will take off from Exeter Airport, with the estimated time of arrival over Crewkerne expected to be between 09.30 and 10 am. Those living along the flight path are invited to capture Ron’s flyby on camera or video and to wave to him when he “buzzes the town.” Ron’s daughter Marion, who kindly supplied our feature photo, said: “Dad was an engineer in the RAF for his national service and had always longed to fly. They said he was a natural when he took over the controls in the cockpit two years ago and he is so excited to get to go again.”
Ron’s flight in the specially adapted Spitfire, originally only a one seat fighter plane, has been arranged by Boultbee Flight Academy UK, approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority to fly passengers in vintage war birds. The company has four air bases in England and one in Scotland, where plane enthusiasts can experience flying in a Second World War fighter plane.