Prince Harry gives up Spitfire seat
Britain’s Prince Harry gave up his Spitfire seat for a war veteran at the Battle of Britain flypast yesterday (15.09.15).
The 31-year-old royal stood back to ensure fighter ace Tom Neil, 95, could enjoy the flight departing from Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex, South East England, after one of the other vintage planes developed a mechanical fault.
The flame-haired hunk – the grandson of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth – was expected to fly in one of the four two-seater Spitfires taking part in the display but made the selfless decision to step down to ensure the last remaining veterans would still get to take part in the 75th anniversary event.
A total of 33 Spitfires, Hurricanes and Blenheims – the most amount of fighter planes seen at once since WW2 – flew over the several airfields used during the war.
Harry, who celebrated his birthday yesterday, was joined by servicemen and women who had been training to fly the fighter jets as part of the Spitfire Scholarship.
A service was also held at St Paul’s Cathedral in London to commemorate the 75th anniversary.
Meanwhile, the handsome Prince has just returned to the UK after spending the summer months working on conservation projects in South Africa.