Romain Thanks NHS
One of the UK’s most experienced Warbirds pilots and a regular at Warbirds Over Wanaka for the past few years, has been busy over the COVID lockdown period flying his Mark XI Spitfire for a good cause.
John Romain, who wowed the crowds at Wanaka with his Buchon ME-109 in 2016 and 2018, has been flying the aircraft over hospitals around the UK with “Thank U NHS” painted on the underside of the wings. Now they are asking people to nominate loved ones’ names to be handwritten on the aircraft over the next couple of months for a minimum of 10 pounds sterling each with funds going to the NHS. They are hoping to get up to 80,000 signatures.
The aircraft was used during WWII for photo-reconnaissance and after the war it was raced by Lettice Curtis who had been a member of the Air Transport Auxiliary during the war years and was later a founding member of the British Women Pilots’ Association.
John Romain, who has more than 1,000 hours flying Spitfires, has loved both his visits to Wanaka to date and is keen to get back. Watch this space.