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NHS Spitfire Flypasts during the Summer of 2020 - News & Press Releases

NHS 72nd Birthday Spitfire Flypast - 5 July 2020

Aircraft Restoration Company's Spitfire Flypast 2020 PL983.



A schedule of each flypast made by Spitfire PL983 will be announced on this page (as well as the Facebook page) which will include a list of hospitals along with timings and usually a Google Map of the most likely route. The Spitfire flypasts can be tracked using several aircraft trackers which can be found here.

Spitfire PL983 Flypasts (Click links to see Spitfire Route for each date):
Sunday 5th July 2020 route.
Sunday 10th July 2020 route.
Sunday 11th July 2020 route.
Saturday 18th July 2020 route & display.
Saturday 1st August 2020 route.
Tuesday 18th August 2020 route.
Sunday 30th August 2020 route.
Saturday 12th September 2020 route.
Wed 16th, Thur 17th & Fri 18th September 2020 routes.
Tue 22nd September 2020 routes.

Aircraft Restoration Company's Spitfire PR.XI (PL983) will be performing a flypast of several NHS Hospitals on Sunday 5th July 2020 to celebrate the 72nd Birthday of the National Health Service (NHS).

The Spitfire will take-off from Duxford, perform a flypast of several NHS Hospitals, with the message 'Thank U NHS' under its wings, before returning back to Duxford.

Spitfire Flypast Schedule (Sunday 5.7.20):
4.20pm - Duxford Airfield
4.28pm - Welwyn Garden City Queen Elizabeth II Hospital NHS
4.33pm - Luton & Dunstable University Hospital NHS
4.36pm - Stevenage Lister Hospital NHS
4.41pm - Bedford Hospital NHS
4.47pm - Huntingdon Hinchingbrooke Hospital NHS
4.53pm - Witchford Village
4.58pm - Fulbourne Hospital NHS
5.00pm - Cambridge Addenbrooke's Hospital NHS
5.02pm - Royal Papworth Hospital NHS
5.10pm - Duxford Airfield

Aircraft Restoration Company's Spitfire PR.XI (PL983) will be flying a number of different routes over NHS hospitals across the UK mainland over the summer.


The National Health Service was launched by Aneurin (Nye) Bevan on the 5th July 1948 as one of the major social reforms following the Second World War.

The NHS was born out of the ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth and the founding principles were that services should be comprehensive, universal and free at the point of delivery.

The whole country is invited to come together at 5pm on Sunday 5th July 2020 to applaud all those who have been helping us through the COVID-19 pandemic and recognise the vital community connections that continue to support us all.

A rough map of the possible Spitfire route on Sunday 5th July 2020:


From the Aircraft Restoration Company Facebook Page:

Over the course of the next few months (5th July - 20th September 2020) we are going to be hand writing 80,000 names onto our photo-reconnaissance blue Spitfire PL983 'L'. We need your help though, as the names we would like to add are those of your local heroes! A kind neighbour, family member on the front line, volunteer PPE producer, or anyone who has helped / inspired you through the Covid-19 Pandemic. You can now say thank you to them by nominating their name for inclusion in the 80,000 names to go onto the NHS Spitfire.

Each name nominated will also help us together as a nation say thank you to the NHS by contributing to the NHS Charities Together charity. To nominate a name you simply need to visit our JustGiving page - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nhsspitfire - and donate a minimum of £10 along with the name of the person and the reason for the nomination in the donation comment (instructions for donations included in JustGiving page story). We will be adding the names throughout the Summer and sharing updates via our social media pages as the blue outer-surface of the Spitfire slowly begins to be covered in the names of our nations local heroes!

A modern day Spitfire fund, with a twist, set up to support our incredible NHS and to simply say 'Thank You'...


Aircraft Restoration Company Facebook Page.
Aircraft Restoration Company's Spitfire PR.XI (PL983) will be flying a number of different routes across the UK mainland over NHS hospitals this summer.
A second NHS Spitfire flight on Friday 10th July 2020 in the morning and afternoon:

Spitfire Flypast Schedule Morning (Friday 10.7.20):
10.00am - Duxford Airfield takeoff
10.10am - Braintree Community Hospital NHS
10.14am - Chelmsford - Broomfield Hospital NHS
10.20am - Basildon University Hospital NHS
10.24am - Dartford - Darent Valley Hospital NHS
10.28am - NHS Nightingale Hospital
10.36am - Loughton Ambulance Service NHS
10.40am - North Weald Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Service
10.43am - Harlow - Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS
10.48am - Hertford County Hospital NHS
11.10am - Cambridge - Addenbrooke's Hospital NHS
11.15am - Duxford Airfield Landing

Spitfire Flypast Schedule Afternoon (Friday 10.7.20):
3.00pm - Duxford Airfield takeoff
3.15pm - Northampton General Hospital NHS
3.26pm - Peterborough City Hospital NHS
3.36pm - Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn NHS
3.49pm - Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS
4.00pm - RAF Lakenheath Hospital
4.06pm - Bury St Edmunds - West Suffolk Hospital NHS
4.15pm - Ipswich Hospital NHS
4.20pm - Colchester Hospital NHS
4.25pm - Earls Colne Air Ambulance base
4.40pm - Duxford Airfield Landing


NHS Spitfire flight on Saturday 11th July 2020:

Spitfire Flypast Schedule (Saturday 11.7.20):
5.00pm - Humberside Airport takeoff
5.05pm - Scunthorpe General Hospital NHS
5.15pm - Doncaster Royal Infirmary NHS
5.20pm - Barnsley Hospital NHS
5.25pm - Rotherham General Hospital NHS
5.28pm - Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS
5.32pm - Sutton-in-Ashfield - Kings Mill Hospital NHS
5.36pm - Nottingham City Hospital NHS
5.42pm - Newark-on-Trent - Newark Hospital NHS
5.50pm - Lincoln County Hospital NHS
6.00pm - Louth - County Hospital Louth NHS
6.05pm - Grimsby - Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital NHS
6.10pm - Humberside Airport Landing
Updates:
3.00pm - Boston Pilgrim Hospital
5.28pm - Bassetlaw District General Hospital

NHS Spitfire flight on Saturday 18th July 2020:

Spitfire Flypast Schedule (Saturday 18.7.20):
1. 2.25pm - Duxford Airfield takeoff
2. 2.35pm - St Albans City Hospital NHS
3. 2.40pm - Hemel Hempstead General Hospital NHS
4. 2.45pm - Stoke Mandeville Hospital NHS
5. 2.50pm - Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS
6. 3.00pm - Old Warden Airfield - Land & Display

The NHS Spitfire will then take part in the Shuttleworth Drive-in Evening Air Show at Old Warden.

NHS Spitfire Route (Sat 1st August 2020) updated:
1. 11.00am - Duxford Airfield (Take-off)
2. 11.15am - Southend University Hospital NHS
3. 11.20am - Medway Maritime Hospital NHS
3a. 11.24am - Maidstone Hospital NHS
4. 11.27am - Kent and Canterbury Hospital NHS
5. 11.32am - Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital NHS - Margate
6. 11.37am - Buckland Hospital NHS - Dover
7. 11.42am - Royal Victoria Hospital NHS - Folkestone
8. 11.46am - William Harvey Ashford Hospital NHS
9. 11.55am - Conquest Hospital NHS - Hastings
10. 12.00pm - Bexhill Hospital NHS
11. 12.05pm - Eastbourne District General Hospital NHS
12. 12.10pm - Brighton General & Royal Sussex County Hospital NHS
13. 12.18pm - Worthing Hospital NHS
14. 12.25pm - Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital NHS
15. 12.29pm - St Richard's Hospital NHS - Chichester
16. 12.30pm - Goodwood Aerodrome (Land)

1. 3.00pm - Goodwood Aerodrome (Take-off)
2. 3.05pm - Queen Alexandra Hospital NHS - Portsmouth
3. 3.10pm - St Mary's Hospital NHS - Newport, Isle of Wight
4. 3.20pm - Poole Hospital NHS
5. 3.25pm - Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS
6. 3.32pm - University Hospital Southampton NHS
7. 3.47pm - Salisbury District Hospital NHS
8. 3.55pm - Royal Hampshire County Hospital NHS - Winchester
9. 4.00pm - Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital NHS
10. 4.05pm - Frimley Park Hospital NHS
11. 4.10pm - Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS - Reading
12. 4.18pm - Amersham Hospital NHS
13. 4.26pm - Oxford University Hospitals NHS
14. 4.30pm - Watford General Hospital NHS
15. 4.40pm - Duxford Airfield (Land)
Sunday 2nd August - NHS Spitfire to perform flypast of Silverstone.
NHS Spitfire Route (Tue 18th August 2020) Updated route:
1. 10.00am - Duxford Airfield (Take-off)
2. 10.15am - Kettering General Hospital NHS
3. 10.22am - Danetre Hospital NHS - Daventry
4. 10.26am - Hospital of St Cross NHS, Rugby
5. 10.33am - University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire NHS
6. 10.40am - Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS, Birmingham
7. 10.45am - New Cross Hospital NHS, Wolverhampton
8. 10.51am - The Princess Royal Hospital NHS, Telford
9. 10.55am - The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
10. 11.02am - Ludlow Community Hospital NHS
11. 11.10am - Hereford County Hospital NHS
12. 11.17am - Worcester Royal Hospital NHS
13. 11.25am - Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Cheltenham
14. 11.30am - Gloucester Royal Hospital NHS
15. 11.35am - Cotswold Airport, Kemble (Land)

1. 2.00pm - Cotswold Airport, Kemble (Take-off)
2. 2.05pm - Great Western Hospital NHS - Swindon
3. 2.12pm - Chippenham Community Hospital NHS
4. 2.16pm - Trowbridge Community Hospital NHS
5. 2.20pm - Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
6. 2.25pm - Southmead Hospital - North Bristol NHS Trust
7. 2.27pm - Bristol Royal Infirmary NHS
8. 2.38pm - Yeovil District Hospital NHS
9. 2.45pm - Musgrove Park Hospital NHS - Taunton
10. 2.53pm - Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital NHS - Wonford
11. 3.05pm - North Devon District Hospital NHS - Barnstaple
12. 3.18pm - Morriston Hospital NHS - Swansea
13. 3.30pm - University Hospital of Wales NHS - Cardiff
14. 3.35pm - Royal Gwent Hospital NHS - Newport
15. 3.40pm - Chepstow Community Hospital NHS
16. 3.50pm - Cotswold Airport, Kemble (Land)

4.55pm - Departing Cotswold Airport, Kemble (Take-off)
5.00pm - Great Western Hospital NHS - Swindon - on the way back to Duxford

Route & Timings are estimates & subject to weather and slight changes

NHS Spitfire Route (Sun 30th August 2020) Updated
1. 10.00am - Duxford Airfield - Take-off
2. 10.19am - Leicester Royal Infirmary NHS
3. 10.27am - Royal Derby Hospital NHS
4. 10.37am - Royal Stoke University Hospital NHS
4a. 10.41am - Leighton Hospital NHS, Crewe
5. 10.47am - Countess of Chester Hospital NHS
6. 10.54am - Warrington & Halton Hospital NHS
6a. 11.04am - Arrowe Park Hospital NHS
7. 11.10am - The Royal Liverpool Hospital NHS
8. 11.15am - St Helens Hospital NHS
9. 11.20am - Southport & Formby District General Hospital NHS
10. 11.26am - Blackpool Victoria Hospital NHS
11. 11.30am - Blackpool Airport - Land

1. 2.00pm - Blackpool Airport - Take-off
2. 2.07pm - Royal Lancaster Infirmary NHS
3. 2.13pm - Royal Preston Hospital NHS
4. 2.18pm - Royal Blackburn Hospital NHS
5. 2.26pm - Bradford Royal Infirmary NHS
6. 2.30pm - Calderdale Royal Hospital NHS, Halifax
7. 2.32pm - Hudderfield Royal Infirmary NHS
8. 2.37pm - Rochdale Infirmary NHS
9. 2.42pm - Royal Bolton Hospital NHS
10. 2.45pm - North Manchester General Hospital NHS
11. 2.47pm - Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
12. 2.49pm - Trafford General Hospital NHS
13. 2.53pm - Wythenshawe Hospital NHS - Altrincham
14. 2.55pm - Stepping Hill Hospital NHS - Stockport
15. 3.16pm - Melton Mowbray Hospital NHS
16. 3.36pm - Duxford Airfield - Land

Route & Timings are estimates & subject to weather and slight changes

NHS Spitfire Route (Sat 12th September 2020)
1. 10.30am - Goodwood Aerodrome - Take-off
2. 11.10am - Torbay Hospital NHS - Torquay
3. 11.18am - Mount Gould Hospital NHS - Plymouth
4. 11.20am - Derriford Hospital NHS - Plymouth
5. 11.25am - Tavistock Hospital NHS
6. 11.34am - Bodmin Community Hospital NHS
7. 11.41am - Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS - Truro
8. 11.46am - Falmouth Hospital NHS
9. 11.50am - Helston Community Hospital NHS
10. 11.55am - West Cornwall Hospital NHS - Penzance
11. 12.00pm - St Michael's Hospital NHS - Hayle
12. 12.05pm - Cambourne Redruth Community Hospital NHS
13. 12.08pm - Newquay Hospital NHS
14. 12.10pm - Newquay Cornwall Airport - Land

Route & Timings are estimates & subject to weather and slight changes

NHS Spitfire Route (Wed 16th September 2020 updated)
1. 3.39pm - Haltwhistle War Memorial Hospital NHS
2. 3.45pm - Cumberland Infirmary NHS - Carlisle
3. 3.49pm - Annan Hospital NHS
4. 3.55pm - Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary NHS
5. 4.15pm - Cumbernauld Airport - Land
Wed 16.9.20 update - The weather had taken an unexpected turn for the worse with low cloud and poor visibility forcing the NHS Spitfire to return to Duxford and this is the updated list for 16.9.20. The hospitals which have been removed from the original route will be postponed until a later date.

NHS Spitfire Route (Thur 17th September 2020)
1. 10.00am - Cumbernauld Airport - Take-off
2. 10.10am - Royal Edinburgh Hospital NHS
3. 10.11am - Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh NHS
4. 10.16am - Lynebank Hospital NHS - Dunfermline
5. 10.17am - Queen Margaret Hospital NHS - Dunfermline
6. 10.24am - Perth Royal Infirmary NHS
7. 10.25am - Murray Royal Hospital NHS - Perth
8. 10.30am - Ninewells Hospital NHS - Dundee
9. 10.31am - Royal Victoria Hospital NHS - Dundee
10. 10.39am - Stracathro Hospital NHS
11. 10.48am - Woodend Hospital NHS - Aberdeen
12. 10.50am - Aberdeen Royal Infirmary NHS
13. 11.08am - Dr Gray's Hospital NHS - Elgin
14. 11.18am - Raigmore Hospital NHS - Inverness
15. 11.20am - New Craig's Psychiatric Hospital NHS - Inverness
16. 11.30am - Inverness Airport - Land

1. 1.30pm - Inverness Airport - Take-off
2. 2.00pm - Stirling Community Hospital NHS
3. 2.03pm - Forth Valley Hospital NHS - Falkirk
4. 2.08pm - New Stobhill Hospital NHS - Glasgow
5. 2.10pm - Gartnaval General Hospital NHS - Glasgow
6. 2.12pm - Queen Elizabeth University Hospital NHS - Glasgow
7. 2.14pm - Leverndale Hospital NHS - Paisley
8. 2.15pm - Dykebar Hospital NHS - Paisley
9. 2.17pm - Royal Alexandra Hospital NHS - Paisley
10. 2.20pm - University Hospital Hairmyres NHS - East Kilbridge
11. 2.25pm - Cumbernauld Airport - Land

1. 3.30pm - Cumbernauld Airport - Take-off
2. 4.07pm - Causeway Hospital HSC - Coleraine
3. 4.16pm - Altnagelvin Hospital HSC - Londonderry
4. 4.20pm - Derry Airport - Land

NHS Spitfire Route (Fri 18th September 2020)
1. 10.00am - Derry Airport - Take-off
2. 10.15am - Craigavon Area Hospital HSC - Portadown
3. 10.19am - Armagh Community Hospital HSC
4. 10.25am - Daisy Hill Hospital HSC - Newry
5. 10.34am - Downeshire Hospital HSC - Downpatrick
6. 10.40am - Lagan Valley Hospital HSC - Lisburn
7. 10.42am - Musgrave Park Hospital HSC - Belfast
8. 10.48am - Antrim Area Hospital HSC
9. 10.53am - Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children/Royal Victoria Hospital HSC
10. 10.54am - Belfast City Hospital HSC
11. 11.00am - Ulster Hospital HSC - Dundonald
12. 11.03am - Ards Community Hospital HSC - Newtownards
13. 11.10am - Newtownards Airport - Land

1. 2.00pm - Newtownards Airport - Take-off
2. 2.35pm - Ysbyty Gwynedd NHS - Bangor
3. 2.40pm - Llandudno General Hospital NHS
4. 2.44pm - Abergele Hospital NHS
5. 2.45pm - Glan Clwyd Hospital NHS - Bodelwyddan
6. 2.52pm - Wrexham Maelor Hospital NHS
7. 3.35pm - Duxford Airfield - Land

Route & Timings are estimates & subject to weather and slight changes

NHS Spitfire Route (Tue 22nd September 2020)
1. 11.00am - Duxford Airfield - Take-off
2. 11.38am - Pinderfields General Hospital NHS - Wakefield
3. 11.42am - St Mary's Hospital NHS - Leeds
4. 11.45am - Bradford Royal Infirmary / Lynfield Mount Hospital NHS
5. 11.51am - Harrogate District Hospital NHS
6. 11.57am - York Hospital NHS
7. 12.08pm - Friarage Hospital NHS - Northallerton
8. 12.14pm - Darlington Memorial Hospital NHS
9. 12.53pm - Teeside Airport - Land

1. 1.30pm - Teeside Airport - Take-off
2. 1.35pm - University Hospital of North Tees NHS
3. 1.38pm - The James Cook University Hospital NHS - Middlesborough
4. 1.45pm - University Hospital of Hartlepool NHS
5. 1.48pm - Peterlee Community Hospital NHS
6. 1.53pm - University Hospital of North Durham NHS
7. 1.54pm - Lanchester Road Hospital NHS - Durham
8. 1.55pm - Chester Le Street Hospital NHS
9. 1.58pm - Sunderland Children's Hospital NHS
10. 2.00pm - Sunderland Royal Hospital NHS
11. 2.03pm - South Tyneside District Hospital NHS
12. 2.05pm - Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS - Gateshead
13. 2.07pm - Royal Victoria Infirmary Hospital NHS - Newcastle
14. 2.08pm - Newcastle Freeman Hospital NHS
15. 2.10pm - Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital NHS
16. 2.17pm - Hexham General Hospital NHS
17. 2.39pm - Airedale General Hospital NHS
18. 2.57pm - Alfred Bean Hospital NHS
19. 3.03pm - Castle Hill Hospital NHS
20. 3.05pm - Hull Royal Infirmary NHS
21. 3.10pm - Humberside Airport - Land

Route & Timings are estimates & subject to weather and slight changes

Map of hospitals and possible route of NHS Spitfire (Tue 22nd September 2020):


Links & videos


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Spitfire PL983 on FlightRadar24 - 5.7.20
Spitfire PR.XI on Flight Radar 24

PL983 flying over the Royal Papworth Hospital:

Names written on the NHS Spitfire: