The Spitfire defended the skies of Britain during the Second World War – and it will now continue to guard the entrance to Edinburgh Airport after a devoted pilot stepped in to save a replica of the famous plane.
The airport has reached an agreement with Iain Hutchison, director of engineering firm Merlin ERD, who builds and flies replica Spitfires in his free time, and has even flown one of the originals.
Now his company will take over the care and maintenance of the replica Spitfire at the entrance to the airport, which is painted in the colours of the 603 (City of Edinburgh) Fighter Squadron, one of the most effective units in the Battle of Britain.
“As a historic gate guardian and memorial to the fallen it should be refurbished and preserved,” said Mr Hutchison.
“Merlin is delighted to sign up to an agreement which gives us responsibility for its upkeep.”