NHS Spitfire

The NHS Spitfire aircraft stops at at Durham Tees Valley airport during a charity flypast on September 22, 2020 in Darlington, England.

The blue Spitfire PL983 nicknamed ‘L’ was specifically built and used for photo reconnaissance during World War Two and carried cameras instead of weapons.

Now the aircraft, owned by the Aircraft Restoration Company is branded with ’Thank U NHS’ on the underside.

After taking off from its home base at Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire its flight path takes it over hospitals and local communities around the country.

Its journey aims to raise funds for NHS Charities Together and members of the public have had the opportunity to nominate anyone who has carried out an act of kindness during the coronavirus pandemic and in return for a donation have their names hand-written onto the Aircraft’s fuselage.

On assignment today I had the opportunity to shoot some pictures of this legendary aircraft…

Images (c) Ian Forsyth / Getty Images

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Published by ian forsyth photography

Press and Documentary photographer covering the North of England. Stringer & contributor for Getty Images News. Prints are available to buy on my website.

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