I won a flight in a Spitfire!

“I often fly on trips in a Piper Arrow with my photographer friend David Nutting and it was on one of these short flights to Shobdon Airfield in Herefordshire for lunch that I bought a Spitfire raffle ticket.  I’d heard of AWB and the great work they do and was happy to support them. Imagine my very pleasant surprise when I later received a call saying I’d won!

“On the day of the Spitfire flight I flew with David in the Arrow from my home base at Coventry Airport to Sywell Airport and that was a nice way to arrive.  My initial thoughts were to fly back to Coventry in the Spitfire for a flypast over the runway but the weather, although suitable for local flying, was too cloudy for a cross country flight.

“While David prepared to take photographs I went for an extensive ‘before flight’ briefing given by Carolyn Grace, who with her team runs the operation, and by one of her pilots, Jon Goudy.  Carolyn often pilots the Spitfire herself but on this occasion my pilot was to be Jon whose ‘day job’ was flying a BA 747! The Grace Spitfire was built in 1944 and is credited with shooting down the first enemy aircraft during the D Day landings in Normandy on one of its 160 sorties so it had quite a combat record.

“Although I had been a GA pilot for 25 years all my flying had been on more modern types so with no experience of a ‘warbird’ the historic Spitfire was quite a surprise.  With its smell, noise and great power, as well as its rather vintage set of instruments, it was completely different to what I was used to.

“When in safe flight I was allowed to do some general handling of the Spitfire and found the controls to be very light, especially in pitch, so initially I was all over place.  It was great fun, though, and I did get the hang of it eventually!   With Jon I also enjoyed some aerobatics over Northamptonshire and that was quite an experience. 

“In fact the entire event was a memorable experience and the flight is now recorded in my log book.  Enormous thanks to the Grace Spitfire team, to Stan Stewart at AWB and to David Nutting for the great photos and video clips.

“You should buy a ticket for this year’s raffle as it’s all for a good cause and the next winner could be you”.

Spitfire Scramble. Again!

Once again Aviation Without Borders has taken off with our very popular annual ‘FLY IN A SPITFIRE’ raffle.  For the cost of a £2 ticket you have the chance to fly in an original, iconic WW2 Spitfire on a fantastic 30 minute flight while soaring over our ‘green and pleasant land’ to the roar of a Rolls Royce Merlin engine.  In safe flight and with the approval of the pilot the winner may handle the controls and fly the aircraft. 

For tickets visit our website at www.aviationwithoutborders.org and click on the Spitfire raffle poster or visit the raffle website directly at https://aviationwithoutborders.zaffo.com

All proceeds go to supporting our National Fly Kids Day. In June each year many hundreds of deserving children throughout the country are invited to a local aerodrome for the day, are given a talk on flying and a tour of the airport and are taken on a short flight.  A trip in a small aeroplane is a great way to share the fantastic excitement of flying and to help expand the children’s horizons. The experience can and does change young lives for the better. Please help us keep the kids flying by supporting our raffle.

The raffle will close on the 31stOctober 2018 and the winner will be announced on the day of the draw at the London Heathrow Hilton T4 on Saturday 10thNovember.  The winner will fly at a time and place of their choice, depending on availability, during the Spitfire’s summer flying period of March to October 2019.  

Buying a ticket is a great way to support our National Fly Kids Day. Good luck!

Virgin Money London Marathon 22nd April 2018


Donations to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Batmobile

Aviation Without Borders (AWB) was looking for a runner for the Virgin Money London Marathon and for assistance a phone call was made to Gotham City.  Would Batman help? Yes was the answer, and not only would he run for us but he would bring Robin and the Batmobile as well. 

Our Batman and Robin for the marathon are two stalwart brothers, Mark and Seb Lemon, who will run dressed as Batman and Robin whilst pushing a Batmobile.

The brothers have built their own version of the Batmobile and, dressed in costume, will push the home made vehicle the entire 26.2 miles of the Marathon.  Intrepid runners they are, and we can only take our hats off to their bravado.

Mark and Seb will certainly attract attention with their outfits, which of course is their intention, but they also hope to have fun from their fundraising and they hope their efforts will attract your intention too.  Please support Sam and Seb in their quest by donating to our charity at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Batmobile

Aviation Without Borders provides humanitarian assistance through aviation services and on one day in June each year we give up to 500 deserving kids in the UK a flight in a light aircraft.   On average we can fly each child for £13 per head so for only £130 we can fly 10 kids.  The experience broadens their horizons and can help change lives for the better.

We also offer support to other UK charities with overseas air cargo shipments and, in association with ASF International, an international aviation organisation, we are involved in air support for charities overseas. Please help with a generous donation to give deserving children in the UK the flight of their lives.

Spitfire Raffle Winner

On Saturday 11th November AWB held the draw for our 2017 Spitfire Raffle at the Hilton Hotel, T4 Heathrow Airport, and the wining ticket was drawn by a Hilton staff member.  We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 Spitfire Raffle was Keith Brown of Sutton Coldfield. 

We thank all who kindly purchased tickets for the raffle and for your support.  We will be running the raffle again in 2018 and you will have another chance of winning this fantastic prize’.

Photo – The winning ticket drawn by a member of the Hilton Hotel staff as watched by the AWB Chairman, Stan Stewart