A terminally ill RAF veteran burst into tears and was surrounded by his family as he finally fulfilled his childhood dream of sitting in a Spitfire plane.
John Llewellyn, 76, watched the iconic aircraft fly in and out of Ringway Airport in Manchester as a young boy.
He even worked on the Spitfire after joining the RAF as an 18-year-old armourer but wasn’t able to sit in one – until the visit to the Biggin Hill airfield in Kent.
Mr Llewellyn took his flying jacket to be cleaned especially for the occasion.
He was accompanied by his wife Magdalene, three children, eight grandchildren – including one overseas – two newborn great-grandsons, and three siblings.
One grandchild was watching online from Taiwan.
The outing was arranged by the RAF Benevolent Fund, and when Mr Llewellyn’s daughter Tracy told him the news, it brought him to tears.