SOUTHAMPTON will be treated to not one but two Spitfire flypasts this Saturday.
The Solent Sky Musuem has today released details of a tribute to commemorate the first flight of the iconic plane.
Two Spitfires will buzz Mayflower Park in the city around 4pm on Saturday, March 5, depending on the weather.
It will be held to mark the 80th anniversary of the first flight of the prototype Supermarine Spitfire, from what is now Southampton Aiport in 1936.
As part of the memorial, Solent Sky Museum will be holding an event called Southampton and the People’s Spitfire, focusing on the bombing raids which city suffered during the Second World War as the Luftwaffe attempted to destroy the Spitfire production facilities at Woolston.
Veterans of Southampton’s Blitz have been invited to attend the museum to have their memories of this time recorded. The event will begin with a presentation at the museum at 10:30.
After the presentation, an exhibition of over one hundred photographs will be opened, displaying Southampton’s suffering during the Blitz and the struggle to maintain Spitfire production in the face of continuing attacks by German bombers. This exhibition will open to the public at 12:30 on 5 March and will last for six months.
The same day, Southampton Airport has also organised a separate Spitfire flypast, which will take place at lunch time the same day.
That will see the planes travel along Southampton Water.