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    At around 4.30pm to-day in not very kind weather, a solitary Spitfire at about 1500ft, came along the seaward end of Chichester harbour from West to East. The difference ? In response to my demented waving I got a wing waggle !

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    At around 12.30pm to-day appeared over Chichester Harbour a single Spitfire making clockwise and anti clockwise orbits at about 2,000 feet. The weather was good with scattered cloud.

    After about ten minutes of orbiting at perhaps the slowest speed I've seen with any Spitfire, two other smaller a/c appeared and formatted on the Spit. To far away to be identified with any accuracy, they might have been some variety of Extra. All three then departed to the East.

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    A familiar sound to-day and just a glimpse. High overcast cloud cover and good horizontal visibility brought a single Spitfire on a circular, clockwise pass around Chichester harbour. At about 2,000 ft. and crossing the far western shore of Langstone harbor before circling over the far eastern side of Chichester harbour. All this at about 2.30pm. with no aerobatics that I could see.

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    11.05am to-day, Friday. Single Spitfire appeared overhead Chichester harbour at a height of about 1500 feet. Made an anti clockwise orbit from West to East directly overhead. Me, my sister and my niece waving like mad. Aircraft well throttled back. Weather: pleasant day with broken cloud and visibility reduced.

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    Two more visits to-day Fri. One at 2.10pm and the other at 3.15pm Both rather sedate sorties, altho' my sister said that one Spitfire did a barrel roll. Both were over Chichester Harbor.

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    A rather gusty, blustery day at Chichester harbour brought forth, surprisingly, two brisk visits from a Spitfire flown at between 1500 and 2000 ft. The first was a pass from East to West at about 1245pm to-day Friday. The second, about half and hour later was from West to East and both quite briskly flown at about 250 kts.

    No deviating aerobatics just straightforward passes.

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    A flawless day from ground level. Upstairs, a misty layer made things interesting. At about 2.30pm a Spitfire came over the harbour from the WesT. Height between 1500 and 2000 ft. Over the southern portion of the harbour we were treated to two barrel rolls and slightly further on, over the Witterings, a loop off what looked like an extended vertical climb.

    About 4.30pm another Spitfire crossed over the harbour from West to East, same height about 1500ft. described a wide orbit to the North over the M27, came on over the Northern end of Chichester harbour curving round to the East and disappeared into the haze.

    I am this week working on a friends boat in the harbor so hope to report on more sightings of the worlds favourite iconic fighter.

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    We'll, you are lucky man living in that neck of the woods John.

    I look forward to more of your Warbird sightings!

    Cheers

    Paul
    The most usless commodity in aerobatics is the amount of sky above you!

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    Yes, we do count our blessings Paul !

    I liken this area to a kind of aerial Piccadilly Circus. We have GA traffic crossing overhead both to and from the Isle of Wight. This is complemented by East/West and the reverse movements.

    Chichester Harbor seems to be the number one hotspot for practicing aerobatics. We get lots of Extras, the occasional Harvard, and of course and most frequently, I'm pleased to add, the Boultbee Spitfires and the Mustang.

    The harbour is also an extremely good vantage point for observation of transiting display aircraft. I've seen a B17, Dakota, DH Dove/Heron - I don't know the difference - a solitary Hawk and fairly frequently a Falcon engaged, I think, on Southampton radar calibration duties.

    Many helicopters including Chinooks based, I believe, on Thorney Airfield.

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    Three Spitfire visitors to-day Thurs. and a Harvard.

    Around noon the cloud was scattered at about 2000ft and just slightly more than hazy. At about 1.30pm I heard a solitary Spitfire growling somewhere in the overhead. I caught just one glimpse as he emerged between clouds and judged by engine noise only, made an anti clockwise orbit of the harbour before disappearing to the East.

    About 2.30pm a single Spitfire appeared travelling from West East over the seaward end of the harbour at about 1000ft. One pass and it was gone.

    The best was saved till last. At about 3.30pm a single Spitfire appeared over the Eastern side of the harbour, at a height of about 500ft. It came in fairly briskly and went into a barrel roll, perhaps a quarter of a mile from my position on the back of a boat - waving like a loon ! Using the speed from the roll, the Spitfire proceeded straight into a loop and vanished into the haze towards the East.

    About fifteen minutes later we were graced with the appearance of a Harvard just trundling around. He went off in a Southerly direction and that was the last we saw.
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    Flawless skies with absence of weather to-day Wed. 5th July. At about 11.50 a single Spitfire came from the South West corner of Chichester harbour. Performed a single loop and disappeared to the East.

    There followed a biplane of unknown make; possibly a Tiger Moth some way into the distance which, in its turn was followed by a Harvard performing gentle rate one/two turns over the harbour.

    The weather is so good coupled with excellent visibility that we might see some more aerial activity this afternoon.

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    Following up: Around 4.0pm, slightly more hazy that this morning, another spitfire came over to the South of the Harbor from West to East and at about 2500ft. A spirited display of aerobatics culminating in at least two, that I could see from my vantage, loops followed by a roll.

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