Special 'Thank U NHS' spitfire to fly over East Anglian hospitals

The NHS spitfire. Credit: Aircraft Restoration Company

A special spitfire plane will take to the skies above East Anglia this weekend to mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS.

The plane will have the words 'Thank U NHS' written on its underside and will fly over a number of hospitals in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

The World War Two fighter aircraft will take off from Duxford Airfield at 4.20pm on Sunday afternoon and will fly over a number of the region's major hospitals - including the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, Stevenage's Lister Hospital and Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Its final destination will be Papworth Hospital before it returns to Duxford at around 5.10pm.

The flypast has been organised by the family-owned Aircraft Restoration Company who are based at Duxford.

A nationwide 'clap for carers' will also take place at 5pm on Sunday to applaud the heroes of the coronavirus pandemic on the NHS's big birthday.

The full ‘NHS Spitfire 5 July’ route

  • 16:20 - Duxford Airfield

  • 16:28 - Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Welwyn Garden City (East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust)

  • 16:33 - Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Luton (Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

  • 16:36 – Lister Hospital, Stevenage (East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust)

  • 16:41 – Bedford Hospital, Bedford (Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)\

  • 16:47 – Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon (North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust)

  • 16:53 – Witchford, village near Ely

  • 16:58 – Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge (Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust)

  • 17:00 – Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge (Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

  • 17:02 – Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge (Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)

  • 17:10 – Duxford Airfield