Brad Pitt buys Spitfire

The New York Daily News is reporting that actor Brad Pitt has bought a World War II-era Spitfire (like the one pictured above). According to the story, the 49-year-old actor was so inspired by his latest movie, the World War II flick “Fury,” that he purchased one of the fighter planes used by the Royal Air Force in battle. Pitt reportedly paid $3.3 million for the aircraft.

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  1. Hopefully he will firstly respect the aircraft for what it is. Secondly if he does some training in a Harvard (SNJ/T6), getting to handle the Harvard take offs and landings, he’ll be alright. Hopefully he will avoid cross winds particularly of tar surfaces. The Spit has no tailwheel steering and on landings, with engine throttled back (no slipstream over the rudder), she can be tricky. The Spifire is easier to fly than a Harvard. (Yes, I do actually know this).

  2. I believe his partner, Angelina Jolie is a licensed pilot and Cirrus owner. Pitt strikes me as the type to treasure and preserve this historic airplane.

  3. So how long will it take him to destroy his new toy ? Such a rare warbird should be very carefully maintained and operated and while he has the bucks for the maintenance, I seriously doubt he will have the proper experience and skills to safely operate it. It would be better off donated to a museum and stay on the ground then risked in the hands of its new owner.

    • Mike Abbott says:

      I doubt if Brad would be allowed to fly it by the FAA, you have to have proper training to fly any historic aircraft and besides, he can allow a proper warbird pilot to fly it and admire the view

    • Sarah,
      I bet he can handle it. Remember how old the kids were who flew those things in the 40′s. At least there won’t be others shooting at him while he is in the air…

  4. Thanks to Brad Pitt for helping to preserve the history of one of the airplanes that saved hundreds of bomber crews lives defeating the

  5. Now if was 19, perhaps he could learn to fly it. If he does want to aviate, I hope he puts a hundred hours in an appropriate trainer first. Maybe a few hundred.

  6. Now I know who the other bidder was…man I wanted that thing!

  7. “Leaseback anyone”?

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