RAF pilot who died in Spitfire crash is 'cherished and deeply missed’ by family

-Credit: (Image: PA)
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The family of a Royal Air Force pilot who died in a Spitfire crash in Lincolnshire have paid a tribute to a man who “lived his life with an unwavering passion. In a tribute released today (Thursday, May 30) the 43-year-old's family said he “will be cherished and deeply missed."

Squadron Leader Mark Long died in a Spitfire of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) in a crash near RAF Coningsby on Saturday (May 25). According to the Ministry of Defence, he lived in Lincolnshire with his wife, two daughters and a dog.

Mr Long’s family said in a statement: “Mark lived his life with an unwavering passion with laughter, love, and dedication to his family. His talent for flying was there for all to see, and his ability to connect to everyone he met was infectious. Mark will be cherished and deeply missed by us all.”

The town of Coningsby has been in mourning since the pilot's tragic death. Sqn Ldr Long was a Typhoon pilot at RAF Coningsby and, for the last four years, a pilot with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF). He has been described as "a great friend, colleague, and a passionate, professional aviator" who will be "sorely missed".