Thousands expected for Spitfire flypast

Thousands expected for Spitfire flypast

Thousands expected for Spitfire flypast

First published in Campaigns

ONE of the world’s most iconic fighter planes will be tipping its wings to the county that created it today.

Thousands will gather to salute the Spitfire as it soars across Southampton skies as part of the celebrations to mark the aircraft’s 75th anniversary.

Crowds are expected to flock to Mayflower Park to witness the commemorative flypast.

The world’s only female Spitfire pilot Carolyn Grace is due to take off from Southampton International Airport at 11.30am.

She will head down the River Itchen, to Mayflower Park, along Southampton Water towards Weston Shore and Victoria Country Park before returning to Eastleigh.

• Don't forget there is a voucher in today's Daily Echo for a free commemorative poster of the the flypast. Don't miss your copy.

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9:13am Sat 5 Mar 11

cyclepath says...

Nice picture of a mark 2 Hurricane.
Nice picture of a mark 2 Hurricane. cyclepath
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9:17am Sat 5 Mar 11

countrywench says...

cyclepath wrote:
Nice picture of a mark 2 Hurricane.
Really ? OMG Rofllll !! Trust the Echo to mess up an important photo ! Duhhhh ...
[quote][p][bold]cyclepath[/bold] wrote: Nice picture of a mark 2 Hurricane.[/p][/quote]Really ? OMG Rofllll !! Trust the Echo to mess up an important photo ! Duhhhh ... countrywench
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9:32am Sat 5 Mar 11

Totton Ric says...

To be Honest I would expect more than a fly past, maybe a 10 minute display !, remember a couple of years ago they done a Fly Past, waited almost an hour with thousands of others on Town Quay, It was just a Fly Past leaving thousands disappointed !. Being the Home Of the Spitfire maybe something more ?
To be Honest I would expect more than a fly past, maybe a 10 minute display !, remember a couple of years ago they done a Fly Past, waited almost an hour with thousands of others on Town Quay, It was just a Fly Past leaving thousands disappointed !. Being the Home Of the Spitfire maybe something more ? Totton Ric
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9:42am Sat 5 Mar 11

loosehead says...

maybe they should put the spitfire memorial where it was built in Woolston? they are building on the Vospers site & the cruise ships would see it if it was erected on the waterfront what do the rest of you think?
maybe they should put the spitfire memorial where it was built in Woolston? they are building on the Vospers site & the cruise ships would see it if it was erected on the waterfront what do the rest of you think? loosehead
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9:49am Sat 5 Mar 11

Block 42 says...

GOD SPEED LITTLE SPITFIRE GOD SPEED!!!
GOD SPEED LITTLE SPITFIRE GOD SPEED!!! Block 42
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9:50am Sat 5 Mar 11

Brite Spark says...

loosehead wrote:
maybe they should put the spitfire memorial where it was built in Woolston? they are building on the Vospers site & the cruise ships would see it if it was erected on the waterfront what do the rest of you think?
The Spitfire memorial was built in Woolston?
It hasn't even been started yet!
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: maybe they should put the spitfire memorial where it was built in Woolston? they are building on the Vospers site & the cruise ships would see it if it was erected on the waterfront what do the rest of you think?[/p][/quote]The Spitfire memorial was built in Woolston? It hasn't even been started yet! Brite Spark
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10:10am Sat 5 Mar 11

Block 42 says...

& amp & ampamp map amp amp amp amp,why do people always write "&amp" on here?
& amp & ampamp map amp amp amp amp,why do people always write "&" on here? Block 42
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10:23am Sat 5 Mar 11

BMWDellboy says...

Block 42 wrote:
& amp & ampamp map amp amp amp amp,why do people always write "&" on here?
This is html code (& amp ;) for an ampersand.

If you have seen it actually appear on a webpage, it's because there's an error in the coding. It's supposed to be read by your browser as just the ampersand symbol.
[quote][p][bold]Block 42[/bold] wrote: & amp & ampamp map amp amp amp amp,why do people always write "&" on here?[/p][/quote]This is html code (& amp ;) for an ampersand. If you have seen it actually appear on a webpage, it's because there's an error in the coding. It's supposed to be read by your browser as just the ampersand symbol. BMWDellboy
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12:24pm Sat 5 Mar 11

X Old Bill says...

cyclepath wrote:
Nice picture of a mark 2 Hurricane.
I see that they have now put a picture of a Spitfire - AP-D (RM689) - Which crashed in 1992.
[quote][p][bold]cyclepath[/bold] wrote: Nice picture of a mark 2 Hurricane.[/p][/quote]I see that they have now put a picture of a Spitfire - AP-D (RM689) - Which crashed in 1992. X Old Bill
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12:26pm Sat 5 Mar 11

loosehead says...

Well Brite spark most people know that the spitfire was built in Woolston so as I was trying to say why not build the memorial there,it would be a fitting tribute to the people of Woolston & put it where it belongs not on Town Quay .I hope you now understand .
Well Brite spark most people know that the spitfire was built in Woolston so as I was trying to say why not build the memorial there,it would be a fitting tribute to the people of Woolston & put it where it belongs not on Town Quay .I hope you now understand . loosehead
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2:56pm Sat 5 Mar 11

bobbyboy says...

Dispite all above living in Mansbridge and right near the flight path i was privilaiged to watch 4 flypast and get many photographs with my 600mm some will be good some not but its the record that counts i'm a youngster compared to those that gave there lives to build it fly and preserve it but it gives me a tremendous buzz when i hear and see it and capture for my grandchildren's history and who knows there grandchildrens history many thanks for the display.And get that memorial built where ever you build it woolston townquay or here where it flew from just get it done.ps when the queen elizabeth came in i talked to the lucky designer who won he only flew in that day too and made a dash from the airport to mayflower park and then on to the judging.
Dispite all above living in Mansbridge and right near the flight path i was privilaiged to watch 4 flypast and get many photographs with my 600mm some will be good some not but its the record that counts i'm a youngster compared to those that gave there lives to build it fly and preserve it but it gives me a tremendous buzz when i hear and see it and capture for my grandchildren's history and who knows there grandchildrens history many thanks for the display.And get that memorial built where ever you build it woolston townquay or here where it flew from just get it done.ps when the queen elizabeth came in i talked to the lucky designer who won he only flew in that day too and made a dash from the airport to mayflower park and then on to the judging. bobbyboy
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8:02pm Sun 6 Mar 11

skipwitts says...

bobbyboy wrote:
Dispite all above living in Mansbridge and right near the flight path i was privilaiged to watch 4 flypast and get many photographs with my 600mm some will be good some not but its the record that counts i'm a youngster compared to those that gave there lives to build it fly and preserve it but it gives me a tremendous buzz when i hear and see it and capture for my grandchildren's history and who knows there grandchildrens history many thanks for the display.And get that memorial built where ever you build it woolston townquay or here where it flew from just get it done.ps when the queen elizabeth came in i talked to the lucky designer who won he only flew in that day too and made a dash from the airport to mayflower park and then on to the judging.
Hello Bobbyboy, actually it was me you spoke to, unless by some amazing coincidence you also spoke to Nick Hancock! as it turned out all the published finalists lost the competition. It wasn't run with anything like the due process you would expect. The day the Queen Elizabeth came in, Oct 8th, was the last day of the 2nd stage to the competition, but the organisers never saw this work!, judging unfairly 3 days earlier. Elizabeth Smith of SCC and Cllr Hannides SCC / STF have a lot to answer for, absolutely shameful conduct. We have challenged this and await an explanation.

Martin Witts Spitfire Tribute Competition Finalist in need of answers
[quote][p][bold]bobbyboy[/bold] wrote: Dispite all above living in Mansbridge and right near the flight path i was privilaiged to watch 4 flypast and get many photographs with my 600mm some will be good some not but its the record that counts i'm a youngster compared to those that gave there lives to build it fly and preserve it but it gives me a tremendous buzz when i hear and see it and capture for my grandchildren's history and who knows there grandchildrens history many thanks for the display.And get that memorial built where ever you build it woolston townquay or here where it flew from just get it done.ps when the queen elizabeth came in i talked to the lucky designer who won he only flew in that day too and made a dash from the airport to mayflower park and then on to the judging.[/p][/quote]Hello Bobbyboy, actually it was me you spoke to, unless by some amazing coincidence you also spoke to Nick Hancock! as it turned out all the published finalists lost the competition. It wasn't run with anything like the due process you would expect. The day the Queen Elizabeth came in, Oct 8th, was the last day of the 2nd stage to the competition, but the organisers never saw this work!, judging unfairly 3 days earlier. Elizabeth Smith of SCC and Cllr Hannides SCC / STF have a lot to answer for, absolutely shameful conduct. We have challenged this and await an explanation. Martin Witts Spitfire Tribute Competition Finalist in need of answers skipwitts
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5:46pm Wed 9 Mar 11

skipwitts says...

If you would like to see what happened when the Spitfire Tribute Foundation under its chairman Cllr Hannides, Southampton City Council, tried to run a competition to design a suitable Spitfire Memorial; take a look at this
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www.youtube.com/watc
h?v=NbJOufYMdLc
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Martin Witts Spitfire Competition Finalist
If you would like to see what happened when the Spitfire Tribute Foundation under its chairman Cllr Hannides, Southampton City Council, tried to run a competition to design a suitable Spitfire Memorial; take a look at this . www.youtube.com/watc h?v=NbJOufYMdLc . Martin Witts Spitfire Competition Finalist skipwitts
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