Mary Ellis, one of the last living female Spitfire pilots, has died. She was 101 years old, one year older than the RAF.
She remembers having flown about 1000 aeroplanes during World War II. After the war she moved to the Isle of Wight, and took charge of Sandown Airport in 1950.
The Spitfire has always been Ellis’s favourite plane. It was the plucky fighter that took on the might of the Luftwaffe – and won!
"I love it, it's everybody's favourite," she said. "I think it's a symbol of freedom."
You can experience why she loved the aircraft so much with the DVD release of the acclaimed documentary film Spitfire, which traces the design, development and deployment of the fighter jet. It comes out in the same year that the RAF celebrates 100 years of sky dominance.
This is an epic and intimate tribute to the aircraft and her combat teams that won the Battle of Britain and ultimately the Second World War, as told by the last serving heroes who built, flew and fought in her.
Narrated by Charles Dance and with breathtaking aerial footage from the world’s greatest aviation photographer, John Dibbs, and never before seen digitally re-mastered archive footage, Spitfire explores how this extraordinary plane became the most famous fighter aircraft ever made.