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Flypast will recall RAF's finest hour

By Rebecca Black

A Turboprop aircraft repainted in honour of one of the 17 Spitfires paid for by Belfast Telegraph readers during the Second World War will fly over Belfast this evening.

It will be one of four RAF Tucano aircraft performing a grand flypast across the UK to celebrate the centenary of No.72 Squadron Royal Air Force.

The final leg of the flight will be to Aldergrove, Co Antrim, with a flypast of Belfast City Airport - and the former site of Shorts Brothers Aircraft Manufacturers, where the Tucano T Mark 1 aircraft were produced. They are due over Belfast today at 6.30pm.

One of the planes will be a Tucano Fast Jet Training aircraft, which was unveiled at RAF Linton-on-Ouse earlier this year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of No.72 Squadron, Royal Air Force. It is painted in the colours of a Battle of Britain Spitfire, operated by 72 Sqn during the RAF's finest hour, defending the country from invasion in 1940.

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