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.
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 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!
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Boeing-Stearman Solent Airport 100 Years Event
Solent Airport Daedalus 100 years event – Yakovlev Yak 52 G-RNAC. The Yakovlev Yak-52 is a Soviet primary trainer aircraft which first flew in 1976. It is still being produced in Romania by Aerostar
Waco Classic Aircraft YMF-F5C at Solent Airport Daedalus to celebrate 100 years of flying at the airfield.
Staggerwing Beech N16S The Red Rockette at Solent Airport Daedalus 100 years event
Sea King XV647 at Solent Airport Daedalus 100 years event
Yakovlev Yak 52 G-RNAC at Solent Airport Daedalus 100 years event
Aeroprakt A.22 Foxbat G-FJTH at Solent Airport Daedalus to celebrate 100 years of flying at the airfield.
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.
Lee on the Solent
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
Lee on the Solent
Late afternoon sun but still a strong breeze from the storm
Storm Daris and High tide at Lee on the Solent
Windsurfing at Hill Head
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
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.
Spitfire on approach to Solent Airport at Daedalus
Spitfire and Messerschmitt
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)
A couple of ‘weather’ releated pictures taken yesterday and today.
After a day of heavy showers on Wednesday the sky started to clear over the Solent in the evening though still with some dark clouds being blown through, the result was not quite the vibrant sunset I had hoped for but the result was still interesting.
I’d glimpsed the field of Linseed last week and thought it would be worth a visit, being in easy cycling distance. However by early afternoon the cloud had set in though the trip was still worthwhile. Make note to visit again!
View from Hill Head across Southampton Water towards Fawley
Storm Imogen battered the south coast of Britain yesterday with a gust of wind recorded at the Needles of 96 mph.
This was the first ‘named’ storm to hit the south coast with wind speeds of 75 mph recorded at Gurnsey Airport and Avonmouth and 81 mph in the Isles of Scilly. Wave heights in the English Channel were around 5 – 6 metres (compared to 4.3m for a double decker bus). This is the biggest storm in the south that I can remember since the hurricane in October 1987.