Andrew J. Harper
Builder of the Spitfire replica and flight simulator
Andrew dressed in period flying gear standing next to one of the replica Spitfires he has helped complete.
To raise funds for this project a surplus replica spitfire was purchased from the MOD disposals office, which after restoration, was used to promote this cause at various events around the UK and Europe.
Some years ago, at one event, the Howarth 1940’s weekend, Andrew was asked if it was possible to sit in the cockpit of the display aircraft brought to the event, and have some photos taken.
At future events and to date, it was decided to continue this as a means of raising additional funds by way of a small charge.
Andrew has worked in the aerospace industry for over 30 years, during which time has been based the Middle East, Africa and more recently the UK.
Half of this time, has been as a ground school technical instructor on fast jet fighter and advanced trainer aircraft for well known aerospace company. He has also recently worked on advanced fast jet fighter simulators.
Until recently, he was an adult civilian volunteer with the Air Cadets during which time he built for them two standalone flight simulators supplementing simulation parts with real aircraft parts. Andrew is one of the founding members of the Lytham St Anne’s Spitfire Ground Display team.
The team raised a significant amount of money from public appearances and donations to commission and install a full size Mk V Spitfire war memorial at Fairhaven Lake, St Anne’s, Lancashire.
This lead to the idea of populating the cockpit with real aircraft parts to further enhance the experience.