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AVIATION SITES in HAMPSHIRE Overview
AVIATION SITES in HAMPSHIRE(Master List .A - B)
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AVIATION SITES in HAMPSHIRE (Master List, H to M)
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AVIATION SITES in HAMPSHIRE (Master list S to Z)
AVIATION SITES in HAMPSHIRE (Master List SOUTHAMPTON)
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AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURING IN HAMPSHIRE
AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION LISTS Page 1
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AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION LISTS.Page 3.Minor manufacturers
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AVIATION MUSEUMS
SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

These pages list all known aviation-related sites in the county(airfields,airstrips,helipads,manufacturers ,museums etc) but excluding CRASH SITES which are in a seperate section on the Hampshire Airfields website

Clicking on underlined entries will take you to the much more detailed individual Airfield pages at Hampshire Airfields.

SOUTHAMPTON:ARCHERY ROAD.At the Rolling Mills off Archery Rd/Weston Lane,Oliver Simmonds assembled the prototype Simmonds Spartan ,G-EBYU,in 1928. The aircraft had been built in his home in Portsmouth Road(see below)
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SOUTHAMPTON COMMON.Site of the annual Balloon Fesitival.Takes place in July and attracts large numbers of balloons and spectators.
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SOUTHAMPTON/CUNLIFFE-OWEN:Manufacturer based at Eastleigh. Involved mainly in Spitfire production during WW2. After war built Concordia, an unsuccessful attempt to enter commercial airliner market. The picture below shows Y-0222(British Class B marks),the prototype Cunliffe Owen Concordia.
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SOUTHAMPTON/DISPERSED SPITFIRE PRODUCTION WW2.The following sites were use after the bombing of the Woolston Supermarine works-: Sewards Garage(Fuselage & Jig production), Polygon Hotel(Design office), Hants & Dorset Bus Station(assembly), Henlys Garage(Fuselage assembly), Sunlight Laundry(Detail fitting etc), Lothers Garage(Toolroom), Shorts Garage(Machine Shop), Weston Rolling Mills(Coppersmiths), Chisnells Garage(Press Shop/Sheet metal), Lingwood Precision-owned by Sewards(Landing gear)-this last piece of information thanks to Bill Seward ,nephew of Roland Seward - the owner of Sewards Garage.
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SOUTHAMPTON/EASTLEIGH:5057N/0121W.Site first used for flight 1909.RFC field established in 1917. Became USNavy Air Station in July 1918 until April 1919. During 20s known as ATLANTIC PARK and used to house immigrants en route to the USA. Mainly civilian use until WW2.During WW2 used by FAA as HMS Raven. Also Supermarine Spitfire production and test flying.Spitfire production and aircraft maintenance etc by Cunliffe-Owen. Post war became fully civil again .Hard runway laid in 1966.Later named Southampton International Airport.
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SOUTHAMPTON HALL OF AVIATION.Aircraft Museum located in Albert Rd,near "Old Docks".Many aircraft exhibits, most with local connections.
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SOUTHAMPTON HELIPORT:5055N/0125W: West Quay Rd Southampton.Opened in late 1964. Operated by Twyford Moors Helicopters from 24th May 1969 to 1975 when the company folded. See picture below of the opening day.

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SOUTHAMPTON HOSPITALS :5056N/0127W.Helipad operated by Ambulance Service.
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SOUTHAMPTON/ITCHEN :see WOOLSTON.
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SOUTHAMPTON MARINE AIR TERMINAL;Imperial airways started services to Durban from a pontoon terminal at 101 berth in the Western Docks 29 June 1937. This terminal was replaced by a new facility at 108 berth(grid ref SU395123) in 1938. After WW2 another new terminal at Berth 50(grid ref.SU422106 )was used,initially by BOAC and later by Aquila airways. All flying boat services ceased 2nd Sept 1958.
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SOUTHAMPTON - Northam:Gosport Aviation Co used premises at Driver's Yard for the construction of Felixstowe flying boats in 1917/1918.
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SOUTHAMPTON - OSBORNE RD:Dickson Primaries built a small number of Cloudcraft Dickson Primary Gliders at premises here around 1930.
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SOUTHAMPTON - RED LODGE FARM:Site here used by the Southampton Gliding Club in 1931(now the Municipal Golf course.
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SOUTHAMPTON/ROYAL PIER.Site of the first Seaplane services,operated by Supermarine in 1919 using Channel Mk1s to Bournemouth,Portsmouth & Isle of Wight.
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SOUTHAMPTON/WOOLSTON.Grid ref.SU435112;In 1912 Noel Pemberton-Billing built a factory on the east bank of the River Itchen to producemarine aircraft . This became Supermarine and continued to build seaplanes. In the 30s the Spitfire(landplane )was designed and built here with flying done at Eastleigh. A new factory was opened at Itchen ,a short distance away,in 1939. The complex was badly damaged by enemy bombing in Sept 1940 leading to "Dispersed Production". Post war the plant dealt only with overhauls etc until closure.
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SOUTHAMPTON/WOOLSTON.Flying boat services from here to Guernsey operated by British Marine Air Navigation Co., using Sea Eagles started 15 Sept 1923.Later services operated by Imperial Airways.Ops ceased 28 Feb 1929.
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SOUTHAMPTON:Portsmouth Rd Woolston.At number 65 Portsmouth Rd,Oliver Simmonds built the prototype Simmonds Spartan in his lounge and bedrooms in 1928. In order to get the plane out of the house,all the door and window frames had to be removed from the front of the house
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SOUTHAMPTON/WOOL HOUSE:grid ref. SU418111.Now the Maritime Museum - in 1910 Rowland (Eric?) Moon built the " Moonbeam" single seat monoplane here. In a letter to "Flight" magazine published on June 11th 1910 he describes his craft(see pictures below) as a 24ft span monoplane with aJ.A.P. 4 cylinder 20 HP engine.Weight approx 260lbs. He claimed to have made several satisfactory flights. In the pictures below the upper picture is probably the plane in it's original configuration.

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