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Spitfire grounded on Red Nose Day due to strong winds in Kent

By Angela Cole

A Spitfire which had been due to fly over the skies of Kent sporting a red nose has had to be grounded.

The Spitfire was due to fly from Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar for Red Nose Day and had even had a red nose painted on specially for the occasion.

The MJ627, which was built in 1943 and destroyed a Messerschmitt over Arnhem the following year, will be easily returned to its normal colour afterwards.

Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar was due to fly a Spitfire with a red nose
Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar was due to fly a Spitfire with a red nose

But a spokesman for the Heritage Hangar said today that strong winds, which have been battering the county, had forced the flight to be cancelled.

Despite being unable to get off the ground, the stunt has still raised almost £400 for Comic Relief. If you'd like to donate go to the Facebook page at facebook.com/BigginHillHeritageHangar/

Pictures of the Spitfire at the hangar with its red nose will also be posted on there.

It was sponsored by Flyaspitfire.com, which is also planning to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D Day in June by flying over the Normandy beaches.

The Met Office has issued another weather warning.

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