NHS Spitfire Flew over Watford Hospital

Many residents across Hertfordshire were able to see the NHS Spitfire flying across the skies later today.

The event is being organised by the Aircraft Restoration Company, a family-owned firm that restores vintage aircraft, and will see the historic single-seat fighter soar over an array of hospitals.

As part of the NHS’ 72nd birthday celebrations at the start of last month, after facing the most challenging year in its history amid the Covid-19 crisis.

The plane flew through Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and Buckinghamshire, and Hertfordshire.

3.00pmGoodwood Aerodrome: take off
3.05pmQueen Alexandra Hospital NHS – Portsmouth
3.10pmSt Mary’s Hospital NHS – Newport, Isle of Wight
3.20pmPoole Hospital NHS
3.25pmRoyal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS
3.32pmUniversity Hospital Southampton NHS
3.42pmBasingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital NHS
3.47pmFrimley Park Hospital NHS
3.51pmRoyal Berkshire Hospital NHS – Reading
4.00pmAmersham Hospital NHS
4.08pmJohn Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
4.15pmWatford General Hospital NHS
4.30pmDuxford Airfield: landing

The spitfire has the words ‘THANK U NHS’ slogan painted underneath.

people lined the Thomas Sawyer Way behind Watford Hospital
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