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The Balloon Goes Up!

Many people living on Hampshire’s coast will still remember the proliferation of barrage balloons that flew both on the coast itself, and...

Southampton's Mystery Nazi Bomber

During the late summer of 1940, Cunliffe-Owen at Eastleigh [Southampton] Airport were busily repairing Hurricanes and Spitfires which had...

Hampshire's Space Rockets

The ‘flights of fantasy’ stories of Jules Verne, H G Wells and other early science fiction writers fired the imaginations of many a young...

Southampton's Fighter Plane Hero

Eric James Brindley ‘Nic’ Nicholson holds the distinction of not only being the only Fighter Command VC of the Second World War, but the...

BRITISH POWER BOATS AND RAF HYTHE

The Solent area, whilst famous for the aviation history of the various companies along the coast and on the Isle of Wight, will always be...

Secret Files – The Cunliffe-Owen Story

Most of Southampton and Eastleigh’s residents will have been familiar for many years with the imposing size of the Ford motor plant –...

Secret Files: Cierva Autogyros

Many readers have seen the 1967 James Bond film ‘You Only Live Twice’, starring Sean Connery as Bond, and one of Bond’s most famous...

Secret Files :The Spitfire floatplanes

The German invasion of Norway in April 1940, and the now seemingly unstoppable advance of her armies across Europe began, it seemed...

Secret Files: Supermarine's 'Destroyer'

20th April 1942 – a huge military parade on a bright, clear spring morning is being held along Unter der Linden in central Berlin to...

Solent Rocket Fighters

After brief combat action between the Allies and the Messerschmitt 163 Komet rocket fighter during the latter part of the Second World...

The Spitfire and the Battle of Britain

By the outbreak of the Second World War, the RAF had 187 Spitfires in service with ten Squadrons, although in comparison, the similar...