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Airport’s Spitfire memorial to receive magic makeover thanks to Merlin ERD

20 May 2014

The iconic Spitfire memorial on the approach to Edinburgh Airport is to receive a makeover thanks to a devoted Spitfire pilot.

Iain Hutchison, Managing Director of leading well engineering experts Merlin ERD, built and flies a replica Spitfire and has also flown the famous original. Now his Perth-based company is taking on the care and maintenance of the RAF’s famous 603 Squadron memorial sited on the main approach road to the capital’s airport.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Merlin ERD, 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force, Edinburgh Airport and the City of Edinburgh Council which agreed the transfer of care and maintenance of the aircraft to Merlin.

The replica is in the colours of the original 603 (City of Edinburgh) Fighter Squadron and, after being gifted to the city, has become an internationally known landmark at the entrance to Scotland’s busiest airport.

David Wilson, Chief Operating Officer at Edinburgh Airport, who also served with the 3

rd battalion of the Parachute Regiment, said: "The spitfire memorial is an important part of our airport’s past as an former RAF base, and fitting symbol to honour the sacrifice our country made.

"It plays a key role in our Remembrance Day events and something that we feel privileged to have on our grounds.

"We’re delighted that Merlin ERD has agreed to come on onboard and help look after this iconic piece of aviation history at Edinburgh Airport."