Aviation Museums

and airworthy collections


Solent Sky

Albert Rd South, Southampton SO14 3FR

Date of visit: 18th December 2020

Initially opened as the RJ Mitchell Memorial Museum in 1974, the Solent Sky museum has subsequently expanded to depict the history of aviation in Southampton, the Solent area and Hampshire. Also previously known as the Southampton Hall of Aviation, there is a special focus on Southampton's Supermarine Aircraft Company, exhibiting R. J. Mitchell's designed Supermarine S.6 seaplane and Supermarine Spitfire.

Solent Sky is also the home of the Hampshire Police and Fire Heritage Collection

Avro 504J

BAPC.210 / Replica 'C4451'

Britten-Norman BN-1 Finibee


Single-seat ultralight built in the Isle of Wight in 1950

de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW Mk.I

XJ571 / 242

converted to FAW Mk2 from 13th July 1964

de Havilland Tiger Moth

BB-807 / G-ADWO

de Havilland Vampire T.11

'U-1215' / XE998

Folland Gnat


Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3

Cockpit section modified to resemble Harrier FRS.1

Mignet HM.14 Pou-du-Ciel

BAPC.253 / 'G-ADZW' (fake registration)

Saro Skeeter


Saro Skeeter


Saunders-Roe SR.A/1

TG263 (the world’s only jet fighter flying boat - experimental)

Short Sandringham S.25 / V

VH-BRC 'Beachcomber'

Originally built in 1943 as a Sunderland S.25 Mk.III ( Serial no. JM715) by Short Brothers of Rochester

1944: Converted to Sunderland Mk.V

1947: Converted to Sandringham class for Tasman Empire Airways, registered ZK-AMH named 'RSA Auckland'

1950: Re-registered VH-BRC with Barrier Reef Airways

1952: Renamed 'Beachcomer' with Ansett Flying Boat Services

1974: Re-registered VP-LVE for Captain Charles Blair of Antilles Air Boats, renamed N18c Southern Cross



Designed and built by students between 1960 and 1961, the Southampton University Man Powered Aircraft (SUMPAC) became the first human-powered aeroplane to make an officially authenticated take-off and flight on 9th November 1961.

Supermarine S.6A


Initially built as an S.6. , N248 competed in the 1929 Schneider Trophy held at Calshot, but was disqualified for cutting a corner.

It was later converted into an S.6A.

Supermarine Spitfire F.24


Supermarine Swift F5

Cockpit section

Supermarine Swift F7


Wight Quadruplane

BAPC.164 / Replica ‘N546’