Iconic Spitfire salutes our heroes at Northampton General Hospital during special flypast

The Spitfire flying over Northampton General. Photo by Nigel Harrison

Heroes from a war still being waged got a special thank you from a veteran of a war 80 years ago on in the skies over Northamptonshire today.

A World War Two Spitfire flew over Northampton General Hospital as part of a special fund-raising flypast of 19 healthcare sites at around 3.15pm today (Friday.

The plane took off from its base at Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire at around 3pm and flew over Northampton around 15 minutes later.

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The Spitfire PRXI PL983 – one of only 58 still flying – is painted blue from its time serving in Europe with 4 Squadron doing wartime photo reconnaissance but now has “Thank U NHS” painted on the underside of its wings to mark the hard work of healthcare heroes during the Covid-19 crisis in the Health Service’s 72nd year.

Northampton Chronicle and Echo