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The 2014 Red Arrows arriving at the show prior to putting on another breathtaking performance.

One of the pair of wing-walkers at the show. The aircraft is a Boeing Stearman Model 75 Bi-plane. The two girls are stunning if a little nuts!!!

The mighty Vulcan going through its paces once again!

This is a Signature class cruise ship operated by the Cunard Line. She is the second largest ship to be constructed for Cunard, exceeded only by the Queen Mary II, and is capable of carrying up to 2,092 passengers. Its port of registry 2010-2011 was Southampton but from 2011 to present her registration was changed to Hamilton, Bermuda, in order to host weddings aboard. This photo was taken by my missus prior to a four-day trip on the vessel to Amsterdam.

The Museum features the nose-cone of Avro Vulcan B.2 MRR XH537. This aircraft was built in 1959 and delivered to Boscombe Down on the 31st August. In 1960 she was chosen to be one of the Skybolt development aircraft, Skybolt being an air-launched ballistic missile, and in June 1961 the work was complete and she flew with dummy Skybolts one of which is preserved at Cosford. After Skybolt's cancellation she had her Skybolt kit removed and entered normal RAF service with 230 OCU at RAF Finningley. In 1978 she was converted to a B.2MRR and moved to 27 Squadron. In March 1982 as other Vulcans were being prepared to go to war, (The Falklands), she made her last flight, to Abingdon, to be a maintenance airframe and she lasted nine years before being scrapped in 1991. But the nose was saved and here she is!!!

The Mark 24 was the end of the Spitfire development and only No 80 Squadron RAF flew them, in Malaya and Hong Kong. This one was delivered to the Royal Air Force in 1946 and was despatched to the far east in 1950 and flown by the Singapore Auxiliary Air Force. It is in superb condition in Solent Sky, the birthplace and "home" of the Spitfire as the Southampton and Solent area was the most important area in the country for aircraft experimental and development work between 1908 and the late sixties, the most famous being the Spitfire.

Douglas Bader was born in 1910 and was an RAF fighter ace during World War II. He was credited with 20 aerial victories, four shared victories, six probables, one shared probable and eleven enemy aircraft damaged. Bader joined the RAF in 1928 and was commissioned in 1930. In 1931 while performing aerobatics he crashed and lost both legs. Having been close to death he recovered and re-took flight training, passed his flight checks and requested reactivation as a pilot but he was retired against his will on medical grounds. After the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 Bader returned to the RAF and was accepted as a pilot. He scored his first victories over Dunkirk in the Battle of France in 1940 and took part in the Battle of Britain. In August 1941 Bader was shot down over German-occupied France and captured. Bader made a number of escape attempts and ended up in the famous Colditz Castle where he remained until the end of the war in 1945. Bader left the RAF for good in 1946 and resumed his career in the Oil industry. During the 1950s a book and film "Reach for the Sky" chronicled his life and Bader was played by Kenneth More. In actual fact it was the first film I ever saw at the cinema in Bedford! Bader campaigned for the disabled and in the Queens Birthday Honours in 1976 Bader was appointed a Knight Bachelor for services to disabled people. He continued to fly until ill-health forced him to stop in 1979. He died in 1982 from a sudden heart attack. One of "The Few" and a genuine hero.

The last-but-one of my list of Sea Vixens to photograph, number eleven. Twelve is the only "flyer" and hopefully will be photographed at Yeovilton Air Show.

After visiting Bournemouth Aviation Museum,an open-air museum, a short hop to this superb indoor museum near to Southampton Docks.


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