Fr Chris’ Flight of a Lifetime - See short video of flight
On a bright afternoon in early September Fr Chris Ingle, Parish Priest of St Michael’s, Worthing, took to the skies over historic Biggin Hill Aerodrome in a WWII Spitfire.
Once airborne Fr Chris, a former RAF fast jet pilot, was allowed to take the controls. “It was a moving experience to fly in such a graceful and historic aircraft. Completing a couple of victory rolls was the icing on the cake!”
Built at Castle Bromwich in late 1943, the MK IX machine entered service in September 1944 from an advanced landing ground in Belgium and was converted to a two-seat trainer after the war.
The flight was made possible through the generosity of parishioners who organised a collection to celebrate Fr Chris’s ‘big birthday’ a couple of years ago. The company provided in-cockpit videos of the flight, and one from an observation aircraft hired by friends which flew in formation with the Spitfire allowing them to capture the experience on camera.
You can now see a short video online.