On cloud nine! WWII pilot takes to the skies for the first time in 65 years to perform a victory roll in a legendary Spitfire plane

A World War II pilot regained his wings and took the controls of a legendary Spitfire to perform a victory roll - more than 65 years since he last flew a military aircraft.

Alan Thompson, 90, took to the air at the Duxford Air Museum near Cambridge after a family member arranged for the pensioner to fulfil a long-held dream.

He flew Dakota transport aircraft in Europe and the Far East during the conflict and dropped supplies to prisoners of war who had worked on the Burma Railway.

Alan Thompson Spitfire

Alan Thompson found himself back in a military craft more than 65 years after he last piloted an RAF plane

Alan Thompson Spitfire

Mr Thompson's family helped to arrange the flight at the Duxford Air Museum near Cambridge after the retired estate agent told a local paper he had always admired the serviceman who flew the legendary Spitfires

The retired estate agent, from Levens, Cumbria, had always admired Spitfire pilots and expressed his gratitude to his family for the unforgettable experience.

A thrilled Mr Thompson, who had occasionally flown private aircraft since leaving the RAF, said: 'It was the first time I had sat in a fast single engine plane, let alone one with the pedigree of the Spitfire.

'Its response to the controls was fantastic.

'On the ground, I was told by the instructor that we would be concentrating on victory rolls. When we got to operating height he handed over to me to do turns and dives and to get familiar with the controls.

Alan Thompson Spitfire

Alan Thompson pictured standing on the wing in his RAF days as a pilot of Dakota transport planes

Alan Thompson Spitfire

Alan Thompson, pictured far right on the plane's wing, flew with the RAF during World War II and dropped supplies to PoWs who had worked on the Burma railway

'Then I started the roll and the Spitfire responded. It was an experience I will never forget and I’m so grateful that my family got the opportunity for me.'

The Dakota transport aircraft had a reputation as the RAF's workhorse during World War II, and Mr Thompson revealed his admiration for the Spitfire flyers to the Westmorland Gazette two years ago in a special publication to mark 65 years since the end of the war.

Alan Thompson Spitfire

Mr Thompson, from Levens, Cumbria, thanked his family for the unforgettable experience

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