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D Day 75 Daedalus commemorations

A family event at Solent Airport Daedalus to commemorate 75 years since the D-Day landings in Normandy on the 6th June 1944.

The high wind on Saturday proved too much for some of the displays, however the wind relented on Sunday allowing the planned flying programme to go ahead.

D_Day 75 Daedalus. Douglas Dakota “Drag ‘em Oot” at Solent Airport Daedalus to mark the 75 anniversary of the D-Day landings by allied forces in Normandy 1944
D Day 75 Daedalus. Douglas Dakota “Drag ‘em Oot” at Solent Airport Daedalus to mark the 75 anniversary of the D_Day landings by allied forces in Normandy 1944

Many missions were flown over Normandy in support of Operation Overlord from the Daedalus airfield.

The airfield continued to be a Royal Navy establishment until it was de-commissioned in 1996.

The thumbnails below show some of the images I took over the weekend, please click on any thumbnail to view the images in a gallery.

For more information and pictures follow the link to D_Day 75 Daedalus Commemorations and the BBC News

Daedalus Common Men at Work

Daedalus Common Solent Airport Daedalus

The setting sun silhouetting diggers and operatives working on Daedalus Common.

The Common is one of a number of community facilities provided to help soften the blow of having a large building housing high voltage transformers and associated cables on an active airfield.

More planned community facilities related to IFA2 include a heritage facility, play area and a gate guardian.



Solent Airport Daedalus Boultbee Spitfire

Solent Airport Daedalus

We are lucky in the Stubbington area  to have the Boultbee Flight Acadamy Spitfires flying from Solent Airport Daedalus

Boultbee Spitfire at Solent AirportIt has been great to see and hear the Spitfire flying from the airfield, particularly after the loss of the Portsmouth Naval Gliding Centre.

While I cannot match the quality of the  photographs on their website it has been great fun trying!

There has even been TV presenter James Martin thrown in for good measure.

The thumbnails below are some of the photographs I have taken over the past week. Please click on any thumbnail to view the images in a carousel.

Have a look at my gallery of aviation photographs or browse the other galleries on Out To Grass Photography.


PNGC Solent Airport Daedalus

Portsmouth Naval Gliding Centre

PNGC closes after discussions between the gliding centre and Fareham Borough Council failed to find a compromise.

The gliding centre has been based at Solent Airport Daedalus, formerly HMS Daedalus, for more than 60 years.

The PNGC website gives more insight into the reasons behind the closure.

No one has ‘won’ and for sure we have lost a great facility for anyone wanting to try gliding and for a centre which allows young people to develop aviation skills “in an affordable manner”

The gallery below shows some images of gliding activity which in all probability we will not see again


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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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


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)

Weather Pictures

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!

Storm Imogen – Lee on the Solent

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.