Carolyn Grace

Spitfire ML407

Spitfire ML407 at Middle Wallop in 1986. The late Nick Grace is to the left.

Carolyn Grace Bio

Carolyn Grace was born in and is native to Australia but has lived in the UK for many years. As a young woman, Carolyn married Nick Grace, a pilot and aircraft mechanic. In 1979 her husband Nick purchased two Spitfire airframes, one of which was sold and the other (ML407) became Nick’s restoration project. Carolyn and Nick had two children together, but in 1988 when their daughter Olivia was five and their son Richard was four, Nick died in an car accident. It was a tragedy from which Carolyn Grace struggled to recover, but she was determined to keep her husband’s passion alive. It was that passion that led her to decide to attempt flying his restored Spitfire.

Spitfire pilots were and are mostly male (apart from those delivered by the ATA – Air Transport Auxiliary during WW II), but Carolyn decided to undergo the training required to become type rated to fly this aircraft. She was, by all accounts, quick to learn and remains one of the only known female Spitfire pilots.  ML407 is now 70 years old but sounding and looking as healthy as ever after each winter’s overhaul and servicing.. A goat farmer when she is not taking to the skies, Carolyn has been flying her plane, the Grace Spitfire ML407, since 1990. She named the plane in tribute to her beloved late husband Nick.

Carolyn Grace has both a display authorization qualification and an aerobatic and formation qualification under her belt, and is well known for her impressive aerial shows, including cubans, loops and rolls. She endeavors to make sure that the audience of a show can see every angle of the Grace Spitfire to take in the full power of the machine. She also performs displays to music at many events such as proms and concerts and has choreographed entire flight routines for event displays. She currently performs displays for weddings, birthday parties, individual shows by request, corporate promotions, multiple types of memorial displays, commemorative fly-bys and has performed in many large formation displays.