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SIGNIFICANT DATES IN THE AVIATION HISTORY OF HAMPSHIRE
October 1784: A frenchman,by the name of Blanchard ,landed at Romsey after a gas- balloon flight from Chelsea(London).
He came the long way around ,having drifted as far as the Isle of Wight before landing..
1895. Reg M.Balston built an ornithopter at Cadland.It was not completed .
1904 The Balloon Factory (Royal Engineers),set up on Farnborough Common,after moving from Aldershot..
10 Sept 1906:the"Nulli Secundus"dirigible flew from Farnborough .This was the British Army's first dirigible..
16 Oct 1908:Samuel Franklin Cody made the first sustained powered flight by an aeroplane in the
British Isles from Farnborough Common reaching a height of 35 feet before crashing ..
9 JANUARY 1909.Cody flew the first British military aircraft "British Army Aeroplane No.1" at Farnborough..
MAY 1910 :The first airfield in the New Forest opened at East Boldre/Beaulieu by
William McArdle and J Armstrong Drexel..
12 July 1910:The"first International Aviation Meeting "was held near Hengistbury Head,near
Bournemouth from 11th to 16th July,
The event was marred by the death of the Hon.Charles Stewart Rolls at 1 pm on the 12th.
The tail broke away from his Short-Wright biplane,causing it to crash. .
10 Sept 1910.Geoffrey de Haviland made his first successfull flight at Seven Barrows(west of Stockbridge).
A monument marks the site. .
29 MARCH 1913 :Calshot Naval Air Station established on Calshot Spit under command of Lt.D A Spenser Grey R.N..
23 July 1919.Supermarine started seaplane services from Bournemouth Pier to Southampton and the Isle of Wight
,using Channel mk 1s G-EAED/G-EAEG-EAEK.(NB the date is given as 16 August 1919 by some sources). .
10 sept 1919:the first post-war Schneider Trophy Contest (the second in the series),
was held at Bournemouth with 6 competitor from France,Great Britain, and Italy.
Due to adverse weather conditions and lack of organisation,the race was declared void,after only one contestant
(the italian Savoia S.13) finished.
It was thought that due to poor visibility,the aircraft had not flown the correct course..
17 April 1935.Bournemouth Airport officially opened on site encompassing "Burrys Field"
& " Fishers Field" at Somerford ,Christchurch.
This later became Christchurch Airfield.Today the site is covered by a housing estate. .
5 MARCH 1935: The prototype Spitfire K5054 made its first flight at Eastliegh,piloted by Mutt Summers..
29 SEPT 1936:Portsmouth.The Johannesburg Air Race stared from Portsmouth Airport.
There were 9 entries.
The winner ,and only finisher,was a Vega Gull crewed by Charles Scott and Giles Guthrie..
11 JUNE 1937.R.J.Mitchell died on this date.He was responsible for the design of the
Spitfire - the county's most famous aircraft. .
29 JUNE 1937:Southampton Docks.The first flying boat service to Durban operated by Imperial Airways,
using "C" class Flying boats departed on this date from a pontoon base at Berth 101 in the Western (New) Docks . .
5 JULY 1937:Hythe.Pan American S-42B "Clipper III" arrived at the commencement of Transatlantic services..
26 JUNE 1938:Southampton Marine Terminal.Two "C" class flying boats departed on first scheduled service to Australia..
6 Sept 1940. 1600 hrs.A Luftwaffe raid severely damaged the Supermarine factories at Woolston and Itchen .
This forced the dispersed production of Spitfires, aircraftcomponents and assemblies being
produced in a wide variety of unlikely locations such as bus depots,garages etc..
6 JUNE 1944:D-DAY.To support the Allied Invasion of France several temporary airfields were laid out in
Hampshire using PSP(Pierced Steel Plank) runways.
These included Bisterne(USAAF),Pylewell House(RAF),Needs Oar Point(RAF) etc.
Literaly thousands of missions were flown from these locations in the days immediately following D-Day,
most were ground support missions backing up the troops on the ground in France.
This period of intense activity was soon over as the units moved to forward positions in France. .
14 APRIL 1948:Southampton Marine Terminal.BOAC resumed flying boat operations after the hiatus caused by WW2..
13 JUNE 1953:RNAS Lee-on-Solent.The Coronation Review of the Fleet was held in the Solent ,
and more than 300 participating naval aircraft either flew from here,or overflew in display formations. .
15 JULY 1953.Probably the biggest peacetime gathering of aircraft ever seen in the county took place at RAF Odiham.
The occasion was the Coronation Review of the RAF which took place in front of Queen Elizabeth II and
involved aircraft not only of the RAF but also from all the Commonwealth Air Forces..
2 SEPT 1958:Southampton Marine Terminal.Flying boat operations finally ceased.