I see no Spitfires


There’s been lots of talk around town about the marking of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a group of Spitfires flying over Pompey at lunchtime today and there were lots of people out-and-about to see it:


In case you didn’t make it down there I thought you might like a photo


That was it, if you look very hard they are there – they came from the north and flew off towards the IOW, while people stood about wondering whether they might come back. They didn’t.

It wasn’t unlike the second day of the America’s Cup.


Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

4 thoughts on “I see no Spitfires

  1. They flew over Hayling while I was in the garden cutting down Bamboo. Thought Pompey had declared war on us.

  2. I thought Pompey had declared war on everyone.

  3. I skived off work only to see a cluster of little dots in the sky.
    No magnificent merlins roaring, a whimper.

  4. I wandered down to Sallyport expecting them to come down the harbour as per the route published only to squint at little specks over at Eastney. They strafed Ryde then turned back & left the way they came. A lot of disappointed people left thinking “was that it?” At least if they’d been bombers they would’ve had a navigator to show them the way. It must’ve been weather as over the last few weeks there has been a lone Spitfire flying what I thought was the route.
    There is another chance to see a scramble, this time from Goodwood on 15th September. On a bigger scale the Vulcan plus others will be going between Shoreham & Bournemouth airshows at the weekend but I bet that’ll be out at sea so we won’t see it.
    Chocks away, skipper & tally ho!

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