Spitfire flypast to recreate historical moment

A spitfire is set to fly past Tiptree this week Picture: JOHN YAXLEY

A spitfire is set to fly past Tiptree this week Picture: JOHN YAXLEY - Credit: John Yaxley

A Spitfire is to take part in a flypast over Tiptree on Thursday morning to replicate part of a historic flight over the village.

The flypast will replicate the journey of a message which was dropped over Tiptree jam factory in January 1918.

The message which was written in a streamer is now held at Tiptree Jam Museum and read “send more jam”.

The message was sent by the original plane’s pilot Captain Milburn who wanted more conserves to be sent to the Royal Flying Corps Officers’ Mess at Stow Maries near Maldon.

The Spitfire will be flown by experienced pilot Clive Denney.

The plane will take off from Biggin Hill at around 11am on Thursday and will pass over Tiptree around 11.10 or 11.15am.

The best place to view the plan will be near the Tiptree tea room car park according to organisers.

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The plane will then continue its journey by heading to RAF Colinsby in Lincolnshire.

Organisers have warned, however, that the flyover could be cancelled if weather conditions are not appropriate on the day.

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