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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.
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|
|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|
|VH-BRC||Short Sandringham IV||VH-BRC||Complete||Displayed|
|XN246||Slingsby Cadet TX.3||XN246||Complete||Displayed|
|WZ753||Slingsby T.38 Grasshopper TX.1||WZ753||Complete||Displayed|
|–||SUMPAC man-powered aircraft||BAPC.7||Complete||Displayed|
|–||Supermarine Seagull||–||Forward Fuselage||Displayed|
|PK683||Supermarine Spitfire F.24||PK683||Complete||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.
Solent Sky, 7 Albert Road South, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 3FR. Tel: 02380 635830. Website: www.spitfireonline.co.uk.
|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|