A Spitfire plane is due to fly over Stirling community hospital to thank front-line workers

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A Spitfire plane travelling around Scotland is due to fly of the Stirling Community Hospital around 2pm this afternoon.

The NHSSpitfire as it is called, has been flying over hospital around Scotland since 10am this morning, with the words “THANK U NHS”.

It is flying over Scotland’s hospital to celebrate and thank those who are still working on the frontlines to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The plane took off from Duxfield Airport in Cambridgeshire at 10am on Wednesday, where it began its journey to travel round different hospitals all over the UK, 25 of which are in Scotland.

Members of the public can also nominate names of family, friends, and loved ones to be written on the Spitfire, to help raise money for NHS Charities Together.

However, it has a capacity of 80,000 names.

A statement on the Aircraft Restoration Company website said: “It began with an idea, “why don’t we fly our beloved blue Spitfire PL983 ‘L’ around the local villages for the #clapforourcarers this evening? … We can prepare the aeroplane as a household and it could really lift the community spirit”.”

“Well, we did, and the response was utterly overwhelming. Being around the Spitfires so regularity can make it all too easy to take for granted just what the sight and sound of this machine means to so many people.”

“We just weren’t prepared for the emotionally charged messages of support and gratitude that we received for that first flight, it was what paved the way for the development of the NHS Spitfire project.”

Image credit: Stirling University Twitter

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