How do you take a vintage WWII fighter plane, and pack it into a cargo container for a Trans-Atlantic journey? The answer is very carefully - the slightest damage to its outer body could be catastrophic.
A vintage aircraft collector's childhood dream of flying a British Supermarine Spitfire is about to come true. After spending $2.5 million buying and restoring the iconic WWII fighter, the next challenge is getting it over the Atlantic to its new home in Maryland. The plane can't carry enough fuel to fly to the U.S., so a team of engineers must dismantle the classic aircraft, ensure it survives a 4,000-mile voyage, then reconstruct it to make it airworthy once more.
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