To celebrate 75 years since the allies triumphed in the battle of Britain, Hurricanes, Spitfires and the last remaining Blenheim took to the sky and moved into formation for the routes around South East England.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Mary Ellis, 98 years old and still flying! Mary was a pilot in the war and learnt to fly over 76 types of aircraft including Spitfires and Hurricanes. She personally delivered over 400 spitfires alone!
These days it could be taken for granted the assistance given in flying; for Mary Ellis she would take flight without so much as a radio or map! Only being given a compass and the instruction to fly northbound as a protection measure for the rest of the fleet and aircraft base in case enemy forces captured her.
Hearing this story and many others told by the veterans was incredibly moving and I was incredibly privileged to have witnessed this spectacular event.