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  • John Green
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    Flawless sky with negligible cloud over Chichester harbour to-day. At approximately 2.45pm. a single Spitfire hove into view travelling from West to East at a height of about 1500ft. It didn't hang around. One pass and it was gone.

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  • John Green
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    Glory be ! Almost as I write. A rare sighting of a Spitfire on a very pleasant day weather wise. At around 1500ft. travelling at a leisurely pace, from the North East to the South West across Langstone Harbour.

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  • John Green
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    Sharp clear day here on the coast. Gentle breeze, cloud few. scattered. At 1.40pm there came the euphonic rasp of a Merlin. Overhead where I live, at about 1200ft, came the unmistakeable silhouette of a Supermarine Spitfire travelling from East to West.

    I was able to follow its flightpath over Portsmouth and finally lost it as it turned South over the Solent and disappeared. This the first Spitfire I've seen for about a month.

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  • John Green
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    Another gorgeous day here on the South Coast. At about mid-day (12.0) There appeared a solitary Spitfire over Chichester Harbour. Appearing in the North East, the pilot put on a spirited and lively display of loops, rolls and turns off the top - all displayed at about 2,000ft and with gusto !

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  • John Green
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    A very pleasant day here at Langstone. High cirrus and not much of it coupled with a gentle breeze. At about 3.15pm heard the thrilling musical note of a powerful engine that around these parts usually means Spitfire. In the near distance at about 2000ft that familiar shape was briefly outlined against a cobalt blue sky.

    Whether it was the Boultbee two seater at this distance I couldn't see. The aircraft disappeared towards the Wight .

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  • John Green
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    Unhappily, nothing of anything Supermarine to report. A day of excellent weather supported several sorties of the Harvard presumably from Goodwood. One sortie flown about 12.0 mid-day involved an intricate display of aerobatics with loops, rolls and Immelman turns in profusion. A sparkling display.

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  • John Green
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    Not much Spitfire activity to report. Not much of anything in fact. The Goodwood Harvard - if it is that one - has been over on most days. Why does it remind me of that unloved relic of WW2 the Brewster Buffalo ? Hopefully, the repairs to the Mk9 are underway and it won't be long before we see once more her elegant silhouette cutting a swathe thru' the overhead.

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  • John Green
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    No Spitfire activity to report apart from one aircraft passing quite briefly from West to East on the afternoon of Thurs. last. I've made reference once before to the lack of GA traffic over this once very busy aerial crossroads on the South coast adjacent to the Isle of Wight.

    We've had unrestricted sunshine and an absence of cloud for about the last four weeks. Flying conditions have been ideal and normally we'd see many aircraft passing along the usual routes. Not now. I'm wondering why. Last weekend, apart from the odd one here and there, few were to be seen. Thru' the week was quiet. with, I would guess, no more than about a dozen or so aircraft seen to be passing thru. Perhaps it was the lure of Wimbledon !

    Is this I wonder just a continuation of the slow decline of GA ? To-day Sat. 14th is different. We've had what look like a pair of TIger Moths flying over in formation of right echelon accompanied by what looked like a Jodel. Then it dawned, Goodwood is in full spate. When these a/c had finished circling over Chichester harbour, they headed off in the direction of Chichester and Goodwood airfield. It is now five o'clock. This afternoon I watched a bit of cricket on our local green and thru the day saw no more than four, perhaps five fixed wing and two rotary pass in the overhead.
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  • John Green
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    For those on this forum who, like myself and at least one other, so I understand; James May, like to dwell in the 1940s, yesterday was a good day.

    I had to drive over to the Eastern side of Chichester harbour to a place called Itchenor. Itchenor is a small harbor packed full of a history primarily connected with ship and boat building from the age of sail. It is also home to many rather beautiful houses built in the Sussex farmhouse style.

    Getting to Itchenor is straightforward. Drive South down the Wittering road from Chichester and turn off to the right where indicated. Along this mile long stretch of country lane, you will see on the right, a large cottage complete with a front garden full of every variety of hollyhocks that looks as if it has been planted there by a Disney/Mrs. Miniver combo !

    We stopped and got out of the car the better to take it all in. The weather was perfect. Medium blue sky untainted by cloud. As if on cue there was a distant snarl below the tree line to the East and seconds later the almost obligatory Spitfire came into view, sauntering along, unhurried,

    Everything that we could see and hear came together like a fragment of a novelists timeslip. The shimmering day, the Spitfire and the location, coalesced into almost an overload on the senses.

    There were two further Spitfire sorties that day. Both flown at around 1500ft. and describing generously sized orbits over Langstone and Chichester harbors. No aerobatics, although one Spitfire coming head on to my vantage point, banked first right then left and repeated this as tho' giving the passenger more of a view of what was underneath the aircraft.
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  • John Green
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    It's coming to something when, simply because it seemed that only single flights took place on Thurs. & Fri. last which couldn't readily be seen only heard, that I didn't bother to make mention here. Don't be blas.

    To-day Monday, got off to a fine start. Slightly hazy visibility, no cloud, and wall to wall blue. At about 10.30am we had a Spitfire in the overhead, motoring from East to West and describing a large orbit to the North over the landward end of Langstone harbour, followed by another at 11.30am outbound from the East to the South of Chichester harbour before turning inland to the North and following almost precisely the orbit of the first Spitfire. No aerobatics. Speed; sedate.

    No Spitfire activity at the weekend. Very little GA for that matter.

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  • John Green
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    Just after 11.0am and already against the background of a flawless B of B sky coupled with excellent visibility we've had two Spitfire sorties. The first at just after 9.0am. came over Chichester harbour at about 1500ft travelling from East to West then assuming a long, extended and elegant curve over Portsmouth towards the South and eventually back on an Easterly heading.

    A second followed at just after 11.0am. Following more or less the same pattern as the first but this time overhead at my location on the West side of the harbour. In neither flight were there any aerobatics. Seeing that much loved, dark Spitfire silhouette sharply defined against the crisp blue as it thunders overhead never fails to produce a flutter of the pulse !

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  • John Green
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    Yesterday, Friday was a busy Spitfire day. The weather was good, with clear skies, a light breeze and visibility clear to the South Downs.

    We had four Spitfire sorties over or adjacent to the harbours of Langstone and Chichester. The first at about 12.0pm, followed by visits from 2.0pm, 3.0pm and around 4.0pm. Unusually, they all appeared in the first instance from the West travelling to the East. Apart from one barrel roll, no aeros, all straightline stuff. All a little higher than usual.

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  • John Green
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    To-day, Sunday, was marked by the absence of any Spitfire but, in its place, the Harvard. It was busy most of the afternoon with aerobatics staged over the harbour. All manoeuvers appeared precise albeit delivered in stately fashion. Watching from the ground is a bit like watching a rugger scrum. You feel yourself urging the action on, especially on the climb to a loop - it never looks fast enough with enough spare energy to get over the top !

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  • John Green
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    To-day Thursday, two more visits. Quite surprising as the weather and especially the visibility were 'claggy' to say the least. One Spitfire at about 2.30pm, at a height of around 1500ft, came across Chichester harbour from East to West.

    The second at 3.30pm came West to East along the coast line then about abreast Selsey Bill turned towards the North and presumably Goodwood.

    Perhaps - and this is not intended as a criticism - I'm over cautious when it comes to flight in what I regard as even slightly marginal conditions.

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  • John Green
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    Three sorties yesterday, 6th June. Perhaps it is fanciful to think that at least one was in recognition of that fateful date. The sky was flawless. No cloud. The first Spitfire appeared at about 12.0 mid day. I was at home, therefore my view of the sky is limited. The aircraft came across from South East to North West in an elegant arc at about 1500ft. I followed it by eye as it curved over Portsmouth and returned along the coast towards the East.

    The second was at about 2.0pm. I was in Chichester town center. I couldn't see it and heard only the quite unmistakeable engine echoing in the distance.

    The third was at about 4.0pm. I was then at Northney Marina and had a fairly good uninterrupted view of the sky. A Spitfire cruised all most overhead at about 1500ft, travelling from East to West in straight and level flight.

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  • John Green
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    Wow ! This was probably the best ever - so far !

    Against a rather gloomy wall to wall cloud base of about 4,000ft - the weather had deteriorated since about 3.0pm, at about five minutes past five, a single Spitfire appeared from the South East and proceeded with a spectacular and energetic display lasting around 10 minutes.

    I wondered if there was some kind of event or celebration being held at Thorney Island because the display centered there. We had ten minutes of continuous aerobatics; loops, rolls, rate four turns, all delivered at speed. The display area covered part of the harbour where I was working on Bill's boat, with an uninterrupted view of the sky across to Thorney.

    The pilot finished with a low pass over Thorney and climbing away towards the South East disappeared into the haze.

    Thanks Boultbee. Now what do I do ? Continue grabbing every quid I can towards a newish boat or, obey Boultbee's Merlin siren call and book half an hour ?

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  • Shorty01
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    Yep, now the weather has got nice lots of stuff out and about from Goodwood. The Zlin has been buzzing around the last few days and I got several sightings of the Stearman and Harvard this weekend.

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  • John Green
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    A very pleasant day, light wind, clear vis. Three aircraft separately up at about 4000ft practicing aerobatics over the harbour. At about 2.0pm there was single pass by a Spitfire travelling from South West to the East around 1200ft.

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  • boguing
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    Forgot to say, I've got to drop in at the airfield to arrange a lesson for cost centre #2, and I'll ask about radio calls unless someone replies on here beforehand.

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  • boguing
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    Dogged persistence finally paid off and I saw one about ten days ago as I passed to the North of the airfield. Marvellous, but still none over Hamble or where I race the boat!

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