Carol Vorderman: Countdown legend makes big move with her private plane to aid NHS staff

Carol Vorderman gave an update on her beloved plane, nicknamed Mildred, today, revealing how it was hellping the NHS. The former Dountdown regular explained all in view of her 433,000 Twitter followers.

I want to tell you that right now she is being used by amazing people

Carol Vorderman

The 59-year-old’s aircraft is carrying personal protective equipment to NHS staff as they fight coronavirus.

The small screen favourite shared snaps of herself with the Diamond DA42 NG Twin Star plane, explaining all.

She tweeted: “My Mildred and I (my aeroplane N242CV) have had some adventures BUT I want to tell you that right now she is being used by the amazing people at @BAESystemsAir.

“To ferry PPE to where it’s needed by our #NHS around the country… #GoMildred #NHSThankYou.”


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Alongside her caption were four pictures of Carol and her plane, one of which saw her hugging its nose.

The first saw her dramatically stood on the wing with snow on the ground, as she wrapped up in a navy quilted all-in-one.

She was then seen basking in the sun while stood up the cockpit, keeping her sunglasses firmly on.

A final offering saw her clad in a khaki jumpsuit while looking at something out of shut, giving full view of Mildred.

She was soon inundated with replies, with many praising her move.

One user stated: “That’s amazing! I did raise my eyebrows at the start of this tweet, thinking, now really isn’t the time…

“And you totally proved me wrong. What a wonderful thing to do with the resources you have.”

Carol responded with a red heart emoji to the message, as well as two others which read: “Thank you Carol, much appreciated… I saw some patients this week in the community and it’s so important we have the correct PPE.”


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And: “Wouldn’t have expected anything else from you Carol, well done and thank you.”

She also cleared up one confusion, with some questioning why it has a US registration.

Carol confirmed: “Because I’m going to fly round the world in her solo and only FAA reg engineers available in most of the places I’ll be landing…

“Solely EASA reg engineers not allowed to work on her by international law. Same plane, different systems.”


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She also used the opportunity before her BBC Radio Wales show to respond to community football team North Wales Dragons.

They told her: “Thank you for interacting with us like you do, in these troubled times, it literally means the world.”

The mother-of-two stated: “These things matter, don’t they? And you do so much in normal times to help people. You know, the only people I want to spend any time with in future are kind people… so I’ll be seeing you soonish.”

They added: “They really do! What a lovely thing to say, thank you so much and yes, we would love to see you on the other side of all of this.”

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