Spitfire continues hospital flyover to thank NHS workers

The plane is embarking on a journey that will see it fly over 98 hospitals including 25 in Scotland.

A Spitfire plane has been flying above hospitals across Scotland to thank NHS staff for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.

The plane took off from Duxfield Airport in Cambridgeshire at 10am on Wednesday morning, embarking on a journey that will see it fly over 98 hospitals including 25 in Scotland.

The words ‘THANK U NHS’ have been hand-written on the plane, which is owned by the Aircraft Restoration Company.

The words 'THANK U NHS' have been hand-written on the plane.

The company plan to hand write 80,000 names onto the plane over the next year, allowing the public to nominate names of loved ones to raise money for NHS charities Together.

The Spitfire landed at Cumbernauld Airport on Wednesday afternoon following its journey across Annan Hospital and Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Taking off from Cumbernauld Airport, the plane continued its flyover on Thursday morning at 10am, passing over 14 hospitals before landing at Inverness Airport at 11:30am.

The Spitfire didn’t stop for long, returning to the air to continue its journey over the remaining nine hospitals on the route back to Cumbernauld Airport and finally landing by 2.25pm.

What time did the spitfire fly past your local hospital?


Annan Hospital – 2.49pm
Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary – 2.55pm
Lands at Cumbernauld Airport – 3.15pm


Takes off from Cumbernauld Airport – 10am
Royal Edinburgh Hospital – 10.10am
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh – 10.11am
Lynebank Hospital, Dunfermline – 10.16am
Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline – 10.17am
Perth Royal Infirmary – 10.24am
Murray Royal Hospital, Perth – 10.25am
Ninewells Hospital, Dundee – 10.30am
Royal Victoria Hospital, Dundee – 10.31am
Stracathro Hospital, Angus – 10.39am
Woodend Hospital, Aberdeen – 10.48am
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary – 10.50am
Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin – 11.08am
Raigmore Hospital, Inverness – 11.18am
New Craigs Psychiatric Hospital, Inverness – 11.20am
Lands at Inverness Airport – 11.30am

Takes off from Inverness Airport – 1.30pm
Stirling Community Hospital – 2pm
Forth Valley Hospital – 2.03pm
New Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow – 2.08pm
Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow – 2.10pm
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow – 2.12pm
Laverndale Hospital, Paisley – 2.14pm
Dykebar Hospital, Paisley – 2.15pm
Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley – 2.17pm
University Hospital Hairmyres, East Kilbride – 2.20pm
Lands at Cumbernauld Airport – 2.25pm

The Spitfire’s progress can be followed via the Aircraft Restoration Company’s social media pages and website. To submit a name or donate money visit here.

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