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Pole Adventurer Paid Record Price for Rare Spitfire Plane

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An adventurer from UK paid a record price for a very rare British World War Two 2-seat Spitfire fighter aircraft.

Before buying the Spitfire fighter, in 2005 Steve Brooks managed to become the first to fly from pole to pole in a helicopter. And recently he decided to pay 1,739,500 pounds ($2.53 million) at an auction that was help on April 20.

It is worth mentioning that the aircraft was originally constructed as a single-seat fighter by the British Vickers-Armstrong company in 1944, but it was later reconstructed as the two-seat trainer.

The auction took place at the RAF Museum in Hendon, north London, and was hosted by Bonhams.

"I'm a great believer that things like this were built to be used, not to be museum pieces," said Steve Brooks, a British property developer.

After five years of accurate and detailed restoration, the historic aircraft is the first airworthy plane model to be sold for over the last 2 decades. It can be viewed at Thruxton airfield in England, reports The Sun.

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