Solent Sky

Solent Sky is an aviation museum in Southampton, Hampshire, previously known as Southampton Hall of Aviation.

Solent Sky
Location within Southampton
LocationSouthampton, Hampshire
Coordinates50°53′52″N 1°23′32″W
TypeAviation museum
Websitehttps://www.solentsky.org/

It depicts the history of aviation in Southampton, the Solent area and Hampshire. There is special focus on the Supermarine aircraft company, based in Southampton, and its most famous products, the Supermarine S.6 seaplane and the Supermarine Spitfire, designed by R. J. Mitchell.

There is also coverage of the Schneider Trophy seaplane races, twice held at Calshot Spit, and the flying boat services which operated from the Solent. In December 2019 the Calshot Spit lightship was relocated next to the museum in order to be converted into part of the museum’s cafe.[1]

Exhibits

Aircraft on display

Aircraft on display at the museum include:

Engines on display

Police and Fire Heritage Collection

In 2017 an exhibition by the Hampshire Police and Fire Heritage Trust was added to the museum.[2]

Charity

The work of Solent Sky is supported by a registered charity, the R. J. Mitchell Memorial Museum Limited, whose objects are "to advance the education of the public in matters relating to aviation by establishing and maintaining a museum as a permanent memorial to R. J. Mitchell, the designer of the Schneider Trophy S6B seaplane and the Spitfire."[3]

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