Welsh Dragon Spitfire over the River Mersey!

The organisers are very excited to be able to include the Welsh Dragon Spitfire in this weekend’s programme of displays and celebratory entertainment.  At 14:30 on Saturday 30th April this original 1940s fighter plane will perform a dramatic display above the famous River Mersey!

welsh dragon spitfire display river mersey

Privately owned by Anthony Hodgson, Spitfire PT462 was built at the Vickers Supermarine Castle Bromwich factory.  This Mark IX aircraft is judged by many to be the best of all.  PT462 was delivered to RAF Colerne in Wiltshire in July 1944, serving in action with 253 Squadron.  After war service in France, Yugoslavia and Italy, PT462 was sold in 1952 to the Israeli Air Force.  Converted into a two-seater during rebuild, this Spitfire took to the air once again in 1987 and was purchased by Anthony ten years later.

Anthony learned to fly at Liverpool Airport in the 1970s and operates from a sloping grass airstrip at Bryn Gwyn Bach near Denbigh.

welsh dragon spitfire display river mersey liverpool

Such historic flights are rare, with few remaining Spitfires in airworthy condition.  Event Organisers express gratitude on behalf of the people of Liverpool for helpful assistance from the CAA and Liverpool John Lennon Airport for regulatory approval.

Quite a crowd is expected along the Liverpool waterfront.  Weather permitting, the Liver Birds will hear the roar of that Merlin engine as the 67 year old Spitfire pays its own tribute to the May Blitz and the Spirit of Liverpool.


  • Steve
    April 30, 2011 - 17:56 | Permalink

    Didnt even turn up for the Liverpool may blitz event, very disapointed!

    • Victoria
      April 30, 2011 - 20:48 | Permalink

      The Liverpool Blitz 70 organisers were devastated to cancel to Spitfire display and felt awful letting everybody down. It was always dependent on weather and therefore completely out of our hands. The plane was flying over from North Wales and there was a difficult cross-wind across the strip where the pilot was to take off. The owner made the decision it would have been too dangerous to attempt it. There are only a handful of original WWII fighter Spitfires left in the world and we had to respect the owners’ decision.

      We only had 2 hours notice from the pilot as they wanted to give the wind every opportunity to improve. There were announcements made on the main stage in Church Street as soon as we found out from 12:30 onwards, but I’m very sorry if you didn’t hear them. We were told one of the security team had gone down to the Pier Head to tell everybody at 2:30 but obviously that message didn’t get through which we take full responsibility for. Once again we’re very sorry.

  • Natalie
    May 1, 2011 - 14:36 | Permalink

    Will there be any plans to rearrange this for another day? By the way the cancellation was announced over the loud speakers at 2pm by the water front.

  • Louisa
    December 1, 2011 - 01:20 | Permalink

    Hi Please could someone tell me how I can contact Anthony Hodgson the owner of the spitfire as the email and web addresses I have for him seem no longer available?

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