The Vigilant project has 2 major elements: Home-based and African operations
12 aircraft for service in Britain • Establish a network of air experience Flights to serve British youth and social organisations on a not-for-profit basis as a civilian service.
6 aircraft each for Lesotho and Botswana. • Lesotho:  (Operated by the Air Wing of the army.) • Air Experience Flights for young people & the children of Sentebale • Educational: A focus for technical and engineering education • Tourism: an initiative to kick-start gliding & and part-fund the  local operation  
• Botswana: ( Operated on behalf of Tusk/WWT ) • Bush pilot training • Surveillance of National Parks • Tourism to part-fund  sustainability of the operation
Vigilant Project Home-based Objectives
• Provide a low cost or free service to targeted youth and social organisations to experience flight.  • Augment existing programs of established organisations • Promote the government’s agenda of supporting light aviation • Contribute to General Aviation opportunities • Create a pool of aircraft accessible to volunteer (LAA) pilots • Contribute to air safety   • Be efficient in terms of impact on the public purse
The Vigilant African Objectives
• Consolidate the Spitfire Legacy Program in Lesotho with direct engagement with light aviation • Support HRH Princes Seeiso’s &  Harry’s “Sentebale” charity for orphans  through experience of flight • Provide a focus for educational initiatives  - the  opportunities that can stem from this are many and various • Support local services and IWT objectives. (National parks require surveillance. An airborne facility offers an effective contribution). • Kick-start gliding in Lesotho as an opportunity for tourism  • Support Bush-Pilot training in Botswana and SADC • Contribute to British soft diplomacy 

We will be announcing further fundraising initiatives to help finance the ongoing rebuild including a specially themed boxed edition of SPITFIRE HERITAGE GIN and SUPERMARINE VODKA  from our distillery, SPITFIRE HERITAGE DISTILLERS.



The Spitfire is much more than a vintage aircraft


It is a Great British icon that symbolises the coming together of all the nations of the Commonwealth, as we stood together in defence of our common human values and freedoms.


The Spitfire Heritage Trust is robustly engaged in the strengthening of links and the development of programs that create opportunities, educate, celebrate and give thanks to our Commonwealth family of nations, and to our shared values that transcend culture, religion and gender.

Creating opportunities, Educating and Celebrating our futures born from our past.


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Charity Registration number 1182271