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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.

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 the 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)


Route & Timings are estimates & subject to slight changes

Sunday 2nd August - NHS Spitfire to perform flypast of Silverstone.


Links & videos


Aircraft Trackers:
Plane Finder Flight Tracker
ADSB Exchange Flight Tracker
Flight Radar Flight Tracker
Radar Box Flight Tracker

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: