Hucknall’s vet takes flight after restoring historic WW2 Spitfire that took part in D-Day

Graham Oliver is a highly acclaimed orthopedic vet who runs practices East Midlands Referrals and Buckley House in Hucknall – and has now taken to the skies in the historic plane.

Graham earned his private pilot’s license three years ago and is looking forward to flying his Spitfire, which took part in D-Day, on a regular basis.

He has just accompanied a military test pilot, Dan Griffith, on a flight in the plane after it was lovingly restored by a team from RAF Biggin Hill in London.

Hucknall’s vet Graham Oliver says he can’t wait to head to the skies and fly the classic plane

Graham said: “It was obviously very interesting to have the experience of flying in an aircraft with such a historic pedigree, even though it was freezing cold!

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“I can’t find enough words to praise the incredible craftsmanship and loving attention to detail of the lads at Biggin Hill who restored the Spitfire.”

Graham and his partner, Heidi, call the magnificent Carnfield Hall in Derbyshire home and over the past three years have made major improvements to the house, which may date back to the time of Edward III.

Graham Oliver and military test pilot Dan Griffith depart for the Spitfire’s maiden flight since restoration

But Graham is well used to such daunting challenges, having built the Buckley House surgery in Hucknall’s West Street as a virtually one-handed project, even doing his own brickwork.

The Spitfire is still at Biggin Hill but Graham hopes it will eventually be brought to Gamston, where it will be kept permanently.

The Spitfire has been restored at Biggin Hill in London and Graham hopes to keep it permanently at Gamston

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