Solent Sky

Unofficial Museum Guide

Key Facts

Southampton, Hampshire
SatNav: Region:
SO14 3FR South
United Kingdom
Category: Only Aviation:
General Yes
Aircraft Exhibits: Status:
circa. 22 Open

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What’s Here

At one time or another, twenty-six aircraft companies were based in and around Southampton. The most famous of these being Supermarine, but they also included Airspeed, Folland and Saunders-Roe. Southampton was also the departure point for Imperial Airways flying boat routes to the Empire and across the Atlantic. The aircraft and displays at Solent Sky illustrate this proud heritage. Dominating the display area is a Sandringham flying boat, which is open for internal inspection, while a Spitfire and Folland Gnat can also be viewed. The walls and upper gallery tell the story of the aviation activities in the area, in a series of informative and well illustrated displays. In mid-2004 the former Southampton Hall of Aviation changed its name to ‘Solent Sky’.


100 yards back from the Canutes Pavilion car park, near Ocean Village, close to the Itchen (toll!) Bridge, in the southern tip of the city. Signposted from the A36.

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Opening Hours:

Open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm; Sundays 12.00 noon to 5.00 pm. Last admissions 4.00 pm. Closed on Mondays except for school and bank holidays. Christmas and New Year: Please check for details.


See official website for details.


Souvenir shop, Facilities for the Disabled.

Sandringham VH-BRC ‘Beachcomber’ Britten Norman BN-1F G-ALZE
Under the Sandringham’s right wing Under the Sandringham’s left wing

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
Airwave hang glider BAPC.215 Complete Displayed
‘C4451’ Avro 504J BAPC.210 Reproduction Displayed
G-ALZE Britten Norman BN-1F G-ALZE Complete Displayed
BB807 de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth G-ADWO Complete Displayed
WM571 de Havilland Sea Venom FAW.22 WM571 Complete Stored
XD596 de Havilland Vampire T.11 XD596 Complete Stored
‘U-1215’ de Havilland Vampire T.11 XE998 Complete Displayed
WK570 DHC Chipmunk T.10 WK570 Cockpit Displayed
XK740 Folland Gnat F.1 XK740 Complete Displayed
XV760 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3 XV760 Cockpit Displayed
XJ571 Hawker Siddeley Sea Vixen FAW.2 XJ571 Complete Displayed
‘G-ADZW’ Mignet HM.14 Flying Flea BAPC.253 Complete Displayed
G-ASER Piper Aztec 250B G-ASER Dismantled Stored
G-APOI Saro Skeeter 8 G-APOI Complete Displayed
XL770 Saro Skeeter AOP.12 XL770 Complete Displayed
TG263 Saro SR.A1 TG263 Complete Displayed
VH-BRC Short Sandringham IV VH-BRC Complete Displayed
XN246 Slingsby Cadet TX.3 XN246 Complete Displayed
Slingsby T.31 Complete Displayed
WZ753 Slingsby T.38 Grasshopper TX.1 WZ753 Complete Displayed
SUMPAC man-powered aircraft BAPC.7 Complete Displayed
N248 Supermarine S.6A N248 Complete Displayed
Supermarine Seagull Forward Fuselage Displayed
PK683 Supermarine Spitfire F.24 PK683 Complete Displayed
‘K5054’ Supermarine Spitfire G-BRDV Relica Stored
‘N546’ Wight Quadraplane BAPC.164 Replica Displayed

Note: EB518 Airspeed Oxford V remains; XD596 de Havilland Vampire T.11; XD332 Supermarine Scimitar F.1; XF114 Supermarine Swift F.7 (G-SWIF) are held in store and NOT available for public inspection. Plans to build and fly a Cody British Army Aeroplane No.1 replica have been cancelled. Walrus I W2718 has left the museum. XJ476 Hawker Siddeley Sea Vixen FAW.1 nose has gone on loan to the Boscombe Down Aircraft Collection.

More Information

Solent Sky, 7 Albert Road South, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 3FR. Tel: 02380 635830. Website:

Folland Gnat F.1 XK740 Spitfire F.24 PK683
Saro SR.A1 TG263 Another view of the jet flying boat fighter
Wight Quadraplane N546 Supermarine S.6A N248
Tiger Moth BB807 Avro 504J C4451
The SUMPAC man-powered aircraft  

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