Islanders were greeted by the spectacular sight of an RAF Spitfire flypast over St Mary’s Hospital this afternoon (Saturday).
The flight were carried out by the Air Restoration Company which today’s flypast focused on the South & South East of the country meaning that Islanders had the chance the plane with ‘THANK U NHS’ painted underneath.
The Spitfire took off at around 11:00 from Duxford Airfield in Cambridge before it made its way towards the South.
The plane travelled over hospitals in and around Kent, Dover, Hastings, Bognor Regis and Sussex before it landed at Goodwood Aerodrome in Chichester for a short break.
At 15:00 the Spitfire took off once again before circing the Queen Alexandra Hosptial in Portsmouth and reaching St Mary’s Hosptial at 15:10.
Sun shone brightly as onlookers watched on – including nurses and doctors from the hospital – as they got a glimpse of the RAF aeroplane.
The pilot flew the Spitfire over St Mary’s Hospital from the east before performing a couple of loops around the site.
Onlookers took to their cameras and captured this ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity before it made its way west towards Poole Hospital and finish its circuit.