May 2022

Posted on Facebook by Alan Matlock – 6th May 2022

We’re off to Beaulieu!

For one day only (Thursday 2nd June) Spitfire Makers will be landing at RAF Beaulieu and we look forward to meeting many of you in person inside the last surviving building of the WWI airfield which is now the East Boldre Village Hall!

We’ll have some Spitfire-related artefacts on display, along with the latest news on our commemorative plaque project and our research into the 30+ Spitfire production sites we now know of within Southampton and more beyond.

See you there!

Thanks to New Forest & Hampshire Wartime Association – NFHWA and Marc Heighway for the invitation.

May be an image of 5 people, outdoors and text that says "RAF Beaulieu Exhibition Doors open all day over the long bank holiday weekend, June 2nd to 5th Showing never seen before film footage and photos, plus physical artefacts on show from the airfield and talks.. come take walk through time from 1942 to present day. RAF Calshotroom, displays on RAF Lymington Needs Oar Point, Alan Brown's 12 New Forest Airfields, and FONFA display."

Posted on Facebook by Alan Matlock – 6th May 2022

The Spitfire Project – “A new, national tribute to the Supermarine Spitfire – honouring our past, inspiring our future” – is being launched this weekend. I’ve heard there will be more info in The Telegraph on Sunday.

The planned monument, taller than the Angel of the North, will be erected on the waterfront in Southampton in the next couple of years.

Also, if you are in the area, keep your ears listening out and watch the skies over Southampton around Sunday lunchtime…

The Project team say: “We are immensely excited to officially launch our public appeal and new website for this special project tomorrow, on the eve of the 77th anniversary of VE day. Please like and follow us for updates!”

“And, if you are near Southampton Docks on Sunday, there will be a spectacular spitfire flypast between 12.55pm and 1.45pm – please feel free to share any pictures with us!”

(It’s been suggested that the best place to view from may be at the far end of the Park near berth 101.)

Spitfire Makers have been in discussion with the Project team to ensure that the story being told at the monument is not just about the Plane and the Pilots but will also direct people to the less well known stories which highlight the vital part played by the People and the Places, particularly here in Southampton, “The Home of the Spitfire”, where they built the iconic plane.

The Project brochure, speaks of the Spitfire as being, “An enduring symbol of innovation, engineering excellence, hope and courage.” Copy and paste this link to find the full online brochure: https://d3df79481c8e4ff6b243-98886fc58a48eafc042573e131fa…

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