Captain Tom Moore will get a Spitfire flypast to mark his 100th birthday on Thursday as the Royal Air Force have taken over from amateur aviation enthusiasts for the salute.
Pilots from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, are expected to soar past the veteran’s home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire.
The original flypast was planned by enthusiasts at Biggin Hill Restoration Hangar in Kent, but their request to fly was understood to have been rejected by the Department for Transport.
Pilots from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, have taken over from enthusiasts at Biggin Hill Restoration Hangar in Kent (pictured) for the flypast over Captain Tom Moore’s house in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire
The exact timings for Thursday’s event to makr the veteran’s (pictured) 100th birthday have not been released, but Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps confirmed it will go ahead
The exact timings for Thursday’s event have not been released, but Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps confirmed it will go ahead.
A team from Biggin Hill are still expected to fly a Mark 9 Spitfire – named The Spirit Of Kent – in a more limited flight path around their airfield to mark Capt Moore’s birthday.
The plane will fly at 250mph around 500ft above the Princess Royal University where the pilot plans to do a ‘wing wiggle’ in support of our heroic NHS staff.
A spokesman for Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar said: ‘Sadly we’ve been unable to secure permission to perform a flypast with the ‘Spirit of Kent NHS Spitfire’ for Captain Tom’s 100th birthday on Thursday.
‘Current general aviation restrictions are in place to prevent non-essential travel and in these current times safety is the most important factor.’
But they added: ‘Luckily the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight are not bound by the same restrictions and are permitted to fly. It is our understanding that they are now picking up the baton to provide a flypast for Captain Tom.
‘Getting a Spitfire overhead for Captain Tom was always the primary goal and we’re thrilled that this may still be possible. We wish the BBMF team the very best of luck and hope that the weather permits a flypast on the 30th of April.’
Alex Monk (pictured), who works for the company who restored the Spitfire, told the newspaper they had to ask permission, and would still be going ahead with a more limited flight path
Cpt Tom, 99, set out to raise £1,000 for NHS Communities by doing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.
After passing that target in less than 24 hours, donations have poured in and seen the total surge to more than £29million.
It comes after Capt Moore was sent a staggering 120,000 birthday cards wishing him well and thanking him for his incredible fundraising feat.
The Second World War veteran turned down offers of gifts and instead asked for them to go to coronavirus sufferers.
As he prepares to become a centenarian, Cpt Tom has captured the country’s hearts and Britons decided to send off birthday cards ahead of the big day.
Now Bedford School, near the veteran’s home, has filled its school hall with thousands of cards from across the country.
But with just two days until he turns 100, Cpt Tom has declined any gifts from the public and instead asked for the public to donate to people suffering as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
It comes after Cpt Tomwas given 120,000 birthday cards wishing him well and thanking him for his incredible fundraising feat. His grandson Benjie stands in the Great Hall of Bedford School surrounded by the cards
Birthday cards from around the world have been sent to a boarding school in Bedford to wish Captain Tom Moore a happy 100th birthday
Benjie, Cpt Moore’s grandson, holds one of thousands of cards written to his grandfather ahead of his birthday on Thursday
Bedford School staff opened and displayed thousands of cards as they arrived at the boarding school, which dates back to the 16th century
He tweeted yesterday: ‘I continue to be offered lots of lovely items. I really do have everything I need but others are struggling due to Covid-19 so, rather than giving to me, please look to donate these generous offers to a local care home or someone in your community. Thank you.’
The cards are being held at Bedford School, attended by Cpt Moore’s 16-year-old grandson, Benjie Ingram-Moore said: ‘It means a lot to grandad as well as us as a family. We are hugely proud of how the nation has taken grandad to its heart. Words can’t express how much I idolise him.’
A total of 140 volunteers including pupils, parents, teachers and alumni have been helping organise the lorry-loads of cards being delivered to wish Cpt Tom a happy 100th birthday.
Cpt Tom’s eldest daughter Lucy Teixeira said he had received at least a thousands gifts ‘of everything from chocolate and flowers’.
Speaking to the Sunday People, daughter Lucy said: ‘He is absolutely blown away and humbled by the support.’
She added she will be singing Happy Birthday to her father on BBC Breakfast on Thursday, saying: ‘And he will have cake – he loves cake.’
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were among the voices praising Cpt Moore for his incredible fundraiser, with Prince William hailing the Second World War veteran as a ‘one-man fundraising machine’.
He added: ‘He’s been around a long time, he knows everything and it’s wonderful that everyone has been inspired by his story and determination.’
As well as lining the floors of the Great Hall, cards hang from the ceiling and sit on the stage as staff scrambled for any bit of space to put the influx of letters wishing Cpt Tom Moore a happy 100th birthday
By Sunday Cpt Moore had received around 1,000 gifts and more than 100,000 cards, which are being held at Bedford School, he’s now asked well-wishers to send gifts to people who are suffering during the coronavirus pandemic
Cpt Moore’s daughter said she would be singing him a happy birthday live on BBC Breakfast and they would celebrate with cake later on in the day
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