The hero of the sky thanks the NHS: Spitfire booms over hospitals in the southeast to commemorate the frontline workers who risked their lives during the coronavirus pandemic
- The Spitfire is decorated with the words "THANK U NHS" under the wings
- It flew over 27 NHS hospitals taking off from Duxford Airfield near Cambridge
- Up to 80,000 are painted on the plane and people can nominate their loved ones
An NHS Spitfire flew across the UK in homage to the hard work of frontline heroes who risked their lives during the coronavirus pandemic.
Millions of Britons watched the plane fly across the sky this weekend to commemorate the work of the NHS and key workers.
The blue Spitfire PL983 & # 39; L & # 39; flew over 27 hospitals in the southeast – adorned with the names of 80,000 NHS heroes.
The blue Spitfire PL983 & # 39; L & # 39; flew over 27 hospitals in the south east of England on August 1 – with the names of 80,000 NHS heroes
Pictured John Romain flew across the country on the NHS Spitfire to thank the NHS workers who risked their lives during the coronavirus crisis
The plane, which had previously been flown every Thursday during the closure to thank key workers, made two trips across the country this afternoon
Family members, neighbors and friends were also nominated by members of the public and their names were hand painted on the plane.
The Spitfire, which was piloted by pilot John Romain, took off on August 1 on a special flight to commemorate the hard work of NHS workers during the pandemic.
The plane, which had previously been flown every Thursday during the closure to thank key workers, made two trips across the country this afternoon.
The aircraft took off on its first route from Duxford Airfield near Cambridge at 11 a.m. before flying over Southend University Hospital and 17 others before landing at the Goodwood Aerodrome at 12:30 p.m.
It took off from Goodwood Aerodrome in Chichester, West Sussex at 3 p.m. before flying over the Queen Alexandra Hospital NHS in Portsmouth.
It flew over another 10 hospitals before landing in Duxford.
The plane made two trips and took off at 11 a.m. on its first route from Duxford Airfield near Cambridge. It lands at the Goodwood Aerodrome in Chichester
The aircraft landed on the Goodwood Aerodrome in Chichester, West Sussex after its first route, before returning on its second route at 3:00 p.m.
A spokesman for The Aircraft Restoration Company said, “Saying and receiving a thank you is one of the simplest joys that mankind enjoys. It takes the least effort, but can be of enormous importance.
"So how could we give people the opportunity to thank us at the NHS while giving them the opportunity to thank someone closer to home? Well, we made it up.
The aircraft had the message "THANKS AND NHS" painted on the underside of its wings by the Aircraft Restoration Company, a company that restores vintage aircraft.
The aircraft, on the underside of which is "THANK U NHS", flew over the pictured Peterborough City Hospital in homage to the front workers
Pilot John Romain landed the NHS Spitfire in Chichester. The aircraft had the message "THANKS AND NHS" painted on the underside of its wings by the Aircraft Restoration Company
From July 5 through September 20, the Aircraft Restoration Company will write 80,000 names on the Spitfire.
You can name the name of a person to be painted on the plane by donating at least £ 10 to the NHS Charities Together charity.
Nominations should be sent to the JustGiving website before September 20 with the name and reason for the nomination.
Owners will be adding local heroes' names throughout the summer and posting updates on social media sites.
More flights are planned in the coming weeks.
The Aircraft Restoration Company will write 80,000 names on the Spitfire and people can nominate loved ones by donating money to the NHS Charities Together