the stuff of dreams, from today's Grauniad -
A second world war Spitfire that can still be flown is expected to fetch £1.5m at auction. The aircraft, originally built by the Vickers-Armstrong company in 1944, will be the first two-seater Spitfire to be offered at public auction for more than 20 years when it goes up for sale at the RAF Museum in Hendon on 20 April. The plane was restored to airworthy condition by its late owner, Paul Portelli, over five years. Originally based in Wiltshire, the Spitfire was sold by the RAF in 1948 to the South African air force, and was subsequently rescued from a Cape Town scrapyard in the 1970s.