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01 August 2020 10:39

The blue Spitfire PL983 ‘L’ had been flown every Thursday during lockdown to thank key workers.

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We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Make the most of your money by signing up to our newsletter fornow NHS Spitfire will set off today (Saturday, August 1) for a special flight to commemorate the hard work of the NHS and key workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The Aircraft Restoration Company, a firm which restores vintage aircraft, will fly the plane on Saturday with the message 'THANK U NHS' emblazoned across the underside of its wings. The blue Spitfire PL983 'L' had been flown every Thursday during lockdown to thank key workers.

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It is now being flown over hospitals across the country - and is being emblazoned with the names of 80,000 NHS heroes, family members, neighbours and friends nominated by members of the public. A spokesman for The Aircraft Restoration Company said: "Saying and receiving a thank you is one of the simplest pleasures enjoyed by humankind, it takes the smallest of efforts but can carry vast meaning. "So, how could we give people an opportunity to join us in saying thank you to the NHS whilst also giving them the opportunity to thank someone closer to home… well, this is what we've come up with. Read More: 'No different to flu' NHS Doctor dismisses COVID second wave fears