Solent Airport Daedalus 100 Years Event

Solent Airport Daedalus 100 Years Event

Static aircraft, stalls and side shows on display at Solent Airport to celebrate 100 years of flying at Daedalus. The airfield opened in 1917 during the first World War and played a major part in the Second World War, particularly the D-Day operations.

Solent Airport Daedalus 100 Years Event

Though not as exciting as the displays when it was a Naval Airfield (under the guise of health and safety)  it was great to see the vintage aircraft and the ex Royal Navy Sea King, Wessex and Wasp helicopters along with the NAVYWINGS Gazelle and Wasp helicopters


Sea King XV647 at Solent Airport Daedalus 100 years event

Sea King XV647 winched to safety 26 crew members of the MSC Napoli a container ship that got into trouble off the Devon coast and had to be beached




Past displays included this Virgin Atlantic B747!

Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 747-238B on approach / fly past at one of the HMS Daedalus Airshows during the 1980s. The airfield is now Solent Airport Daedalus.
Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 747-238B on approach / fly past at one of the HMS Daedalus Airshows during the 1980s. The airfield is now Solent Airport Daedalus.








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Early morning Meon Views

Meon Views

Early morning mist and fog giving a stunning view over the Meon Valley in Hampshire.

One or two may be in with a chance to be featured in a future Meon Views calendar by Studio 6!

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The Meon Valley features many walks and trails including the old railway line from Wickham to West Meon.

The area is popular with walkers using the South Downs Way and the many other footpaths that cross the area

The quiet roads are also popular with cyclists with its challenging hill climbs and descents!

CarFest Laverstoke Park Farm Overton

C4R-FEST BBC Children in Need

Enjoying the sun at CarFest South Laverstoke Park Farm

CarFest Laverstoke Park Farm near Overton in Hampshire. A fantastic day watching the cars and walking around the show grounds with music later in the day. Best of the displays  has to be the ARENACROSS freestyle and Panatical steel band on the main stage

First time at the BBC Children in Need Car Fest and already planning our second trip.

If there was a downside then it was the Bank Holiday traffic on the M27 / M3 from Southampton to Winchester and the queue on the A303 to the day ticket car parks.

The queue to get in wasn’t top of  the best things about the day as well!

Once in there was more than enough to do, see, listen, eat or just relax.



Plastic Pollution of our Beaches

Plastic Pollution

Please follow the link the the Surfers Against Sewage website to see how you can help reduce plastic waste.

The gallery below shows just some of the 5000 items of marine plastic pollution per mile of beach in the UK

This stuff is used for seconds and then ditched but never degrades.

Plastic pollution involves the accumulation of plastic products in the environment that adversely affects wildlife, wildlife habitat, or humans.

Plastics that act as pollutants are categorized into micro-, meso-, or macrodebris, based on size.

The prominence of plastic waste is correlated with plastics being inexpensive and durable This lends to high levels of plastics used by humans. However, it is slow to degrade.

Plastics can unfavourably affect lands, waterways and oceans. Living organisms, particularly marine animals, can also be affected through entanglement, direct ingestion of plastic waste, or through exposure to chemicals within plastics that cause interruptions in biological functions.

Humans are also affected by plastic pollution, such as through the disruption of the thyroid hormone axis or hormone levels.

Plastic reduction efforts have occurred in some areas in attempts to reduce plastic consumption and pollution and promote plastic recycling. Source Wikipedia


Storm Doris at Lee on the Solent

Storm Doris at Lee on the Solent

Storm Doris gave winds gusting up to 40 kts at Lee on the Solent, not as strong as Storm Imogen in early 2016 but still worth a trip to snap a few photographs.


Some hardy windsurfers braved the elements to sail from the beach at Hill Head, from the safety of the beach I can say that about 30 years ago I would have done the same!!

Hill Head is a residential area to the south of Stubbington and west of Lee on the Solent. Beaches at Hill Head provide many locations for wind and kite surfing at most states of the tide. Low tide generally gives shallow water extending a significant distance from the high tide mark. There is a car park at Salterns with a grassy area for rigging up with access to the beach across a low wall and promenade. The prevailing winds are south westerly though the conditions can be very choppy to say the least!
West to north west gives cross shore winds down from Southampton water


TPA The Photographic Angle charity

TPA. The photographic angle charity supporting the art of photography

The Photographic Angle holds free exhibitions that travel across the UK transforming vacant spaces into temporary galleries.

The exhibitions show-case contemporary work from students, graduates and enthusiasts of the art of photography giving the public the chance to see current practices from this dynamic field.

TPA. The Photographic Angle charity. Architecture photography exhibition by students, graduates and enthusiasts at Lakeside, North Harbour, Portsmouth.
TPA. The Photographic Angle charity. Architecture photography exhibition by students, graduates and enthusiasts at Lakeside, North Harbour, Portsmouth.

For each exhibition, an expert of the art of photography is invited to select a new theme inspired by their own research for which artists can submit work to tour around TPA galleries throughout the UK.

More information can be found on the TPA website

The gallery below shows some of the exhibits at Lakeside, North Harbour, Portsmouth in February 2017.

Meon Views Calendar 2017 – Studio 6

Sun rays breaking through the tress into a frosty Meon Valley.

One of my photographs featured as the January picture in the Meon Views calendar published by Studio 6, design and print, Wickham, Hampshire.

All proceeds from the sale of this calendar go to Naomi House & Jacksplace.

If you are in (or passing) Wickham pop in and buy one or two!

Brooklands Museum

Brooklands at Weybridge in Surrey was the worlds first purpose built motor racing circuit constructed in 1907 by wealthy landowner Hugh Locke King. The circuit was the birthplace of British Motorsport, the track being 2.75 miles long and was also the location one of Britains first airfields.

The site is now a museum for motorsport and aircraft.

The Brooklands Museum has a large collection of  motoring and aviation exhibits ranging from racing cars, motorcycles and push bikes to of Hawker and Vickers/ BAC-built aircraft, including a Second World War Wellington Bomber, Viking, Varsity, Viscount, Vanguard, VC10, BAC One-Eleven and the first production Concorde to carry 100 passengers at mach 2, the ‘passengers’ being employees testing the air condition system!

Solent Airport at Daedalus

Film crews and WW2 era planes at the former HMS Daedalus airfield now renamed by Fareham Borough Council as Solent Airport at Daedalus. Photographs taken from Kate’s Diner next to the control tower and  from Gosport Road.

The Messerschmitt Bf 109, commonly called the Me 109 (most often by Allied aircrew and even amongst the German aces themselves, even though this was not the official German designation), is a German World War II fighter aircraft designed by Willy Messerschmitt and Robert Lusser during the early to mid-1930s (Wikipedia)

The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries before, during and after the Second World War. The Spitfire was built in many variants, using several wing configurations, and was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft. It was also the only British fighter to be in continuous production throughout the war (Wikipedia)

Photographs by Barrie Webb

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