Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Battle of Britain flight marks Hampshire aviation

A centenary of flight in south Hampshire has been marked with a special flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The flypasts over Southampton Water included Hurricanes, a Lancaster and Spitfires, which were built locally.

The Spitfire took its first test flight from Southampton Airport in 1936.

In 1910 Edwin Rowland Moon was Southampton's first aviator. He made his flight from North Stoneham Farm, renamed as Southampton Airport.

The centenary event, organised by Eastleigh Borough Council, attracted hundreds of onlookers.

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