18 August 2020 10:37
If everything goes according to plan and the weather is favourable, you could see a Spitfire fly over Gloucestershire this morning. The 'blue' war plane is scheduled to fly over Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in Gloucester and Cheltenham General Hospital. It's part of a special flight that will display the message Thank U NHS. The timings – subject to weather – are: 11.25am: Cheltenham General Hospital 11.30am: Gloucestershire Royal Hospital 11.35am: Land at Cotswold Airport in Kemble. The Second World War aircraft takes off from Duxford Airport in Cambridgeshire at 10am and will fly over hospitals in Birmingham and Worcester on its way to Gloucestershire.
The plane you may see today is owned by The Aircraft Restoration Company and it is raising money for NHS Charities Together, whose funds support staff, patients and volunteers across the UK. The Second World War aircraft was built and used for photo reconnaissance during the Second World War, carrying cameras instead of weapons. There is also the chance to add a name that means a lot to you, as people who donate can nominate a name to go on the plane - and there is room for 80,000 names. To donate and find out more, click here We would love to see your pictures of the planes and you can send them to [email protected] or via our social media channels.