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.

3.00pm Goodwood Aerodrome: take off
3.05pm Queen Alexandra Hospital NHS – Portsmouth
3.10pm St Mary’s Hospital NHS – Newport, Isle of Wight
3.20pm Poole Hospital NHS
3.25pm Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS
3.32pm University Hospital Southampton NHS
3.42pm Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital NHS
3.47pm Frimley Park Hospital NHS
3.51pm Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS – Reading
4.00pm Amersham Hospital NHS
4.08pm John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
4.15pm Watford General Hospital NHS
4.30pm Duxford 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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