Beech Aircraft – Royal Navy Aircraft FT466 at Daedalus for D-Day 70. Copyright Anne Grant.
To celebrate 100 years of flying at Daedalus, Lee-on-the-Solent, a special one day event is taking place on Saturday 16 September between 10:00am and 4:00pm.
********************** News Update 13th September *********************
********************** DAEDALUS 100 IS SOLD OUT **********************
Daedalus, now renamed Solent Airport, will host a static display of vintage aircraft, put on by local flying associations. Other family activities will also be on site.
The airfield opened in 1917 during the First World War. It became an RNAS station. One of my ancestors was posted there for further training. He had gained promotion and was transferred from Eastchurch Airship Station, Norfolk to Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire. That transfer saved his life. A week later his former Airship C27 was shot down. All crew perished.
Airship C27 at RNAS Eastchurch. Crewman William Baker transferred to Daedalus, Lee-on-the-Solent a week before C27 was shot down in the North Sea.
One type of aircraft based at Daedalus for years was the Swordfish bi-plane. During the Second World War Daedalus played a major part in D-Day operations. On special commemoration days for the Fleet Air Arm, a Swordfish bi-plane flies up the Solent and across Daedalus in salute to the fallen.
Three years ago Lee-on-the-Solent hosted D-Day 70, which some war veterans attended. Aircraft which visited the airfield on that occasion included the Dakota.
1st Dakota lands at Daedalus Airfield on 2nd June 2014 at Lee Flying Association Hanger. Copyright Anne Grant.
Daedalus Officers Club House. Copyright Anne Grant.
Hidden away behind closed doors, which may be opened for the special Daedalus 100 day, are architectural gems within the former Officers Mess.
This lovely building is waiting for an enterprising restaurateur to step up to the challenge of refurbishing and re-opening an historical site which houses a piece of aviation heritage. This building could become one of the classiest hotels cum restaurant on the Solent coast.
The Bar is a gem of opulent woodwork. Equally impressive are the ornate fireplaces in every room.
Daedalus Fireplace and a 2nd fireplace in the room through the door. Copyright Anne Grant.
Daedulas Officer’s Mess Bar. Copyright Anne Grant.
Stained Glass windows and doors abound.
Daedalus Officers Mess Art Deco door glass. Copyright Anne Grant.
Follow this link to other Daedalus Gems.
Daedalus 100 is ticket only, purchased in advance of the day.
Follow this link to Fareham Borough Council for ticket information.
Also on at Daedalus over the same weekend is Hovershow 2017.
Gosport Personal Hovercraft, Copyright Anne Grant.
Daedalus is home to the only hovercraft museum in the world. Over 50 hovercraft, from small to large are on display, with some of the small private hovers out on the Solent on 16 September and 17 September. Separate rickets are needed for the Hovershow. It is not inclusive with the aircraft show.
Follow this link to the Hover Museum for full details.
Lovely Lee is the place to be this weekend.
Also taking place this weekend at the Square Tower, Old Portsmouth, Alison Hill will be reading from ‘Fifty Ways to Fly’ anthology on Sunday, 17 September 2017.
In October the Solent Aviation Art Society are holding their annual exhibition in Fareham. On from 23 to 28 October at Ferneham Hall, opening times are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, with late nights Thursday and Saturday until 10:00 pm.
Go to the Notice Board for more contact details.