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Solent Airport

Solent has a long history of military use from starting as a Naval aviation base in 1917, changing to an RAF base just a year later with naval aviation continuing under the RAF. The base had heavy use during WWII, even being named the busiest airfield on D-Day. It continued its importance after the war, even having an aircraft unit based there. Since 1996 the military handed over use to coast guards and air search helicopters. The airfield continued to evolve in use until today where it is used for leisure flying. The airport offers flying experiences with lessons in light aircraft and flight simulators available on FlyDays.
Solent Airport Daedalus Drive Lee-on-the-Solent Portsmouth PO139FZ Solent Airport Map

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Runway 05/23 Dimensions(m) 1029x30 Surface Grass/Asphalt TORA(m) 05-1178, 23-1026 LDA(m) 05-1178, 23-1026 AMSL 32ft
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Solent Airport Flying Experiences

Solent Airport History

Naval aviation at Lee-on-Solent began on July 30, 1917, with the establishment of the Naval Seaplane Training School by the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS). Initially, aircraft were housed in temporary hangars and transported to the cliff top before being lowered by crane onto a trolley that ran on rails into the sea. Permanent facilities soon followed, including hangars, workshops, accommodation, and a double slipway.

In 1918, following the merger of the RNAS with the Royal Flying Corps (RFC), the site transitioned into an RAF station under the newly formed Royal Air Force (RAF). Throughout the 1920s, Lee-on-Solent and nearby Calshot continued to provide training in seaplane operations. A significant development came in 1931 with the construction of the first grass airstrip west of the town at Lee. By 1936, as RAF Coastal Command was established, Lee-on-Solent became its headquarters, commissioned as HMS Daedalus, a pivotal base during World War II.

Post-war, HMS Daedalus retained its importance and was officially renamed HMS Ariel on October 31, 1959. It subsequently became home to the Naval Air Trials Installation Unit (NATIU), tasked with installing and testing new systems in various flying test bed activities.

Flying in the South East

Experience the wonders of Flying in the South East with a thrilling day out. From majestic castles and cathedrals to National Trust sights, there's so much to explore from the skies. Picture yourself on a Helicopter Flight over Brighton, departing from Shoreham Airport. You'll soar over the scenic lanes, coastline, and even catch a glimpse of the iconic i360. For history enthusiasts, a helicopter tour over Stonehenge from Thruxton Airport offers a mesmerising perspective of this ancient landmark. And if you're curious about the mechanics of flight, why not embark on a Flying Lesson in a Piper aircraft? Alternatively try out a Flight Simulator Experience from Solent Airport, where you can 'fly' from Hampshire all the way to LA! There's an abundance to see and experience, so why wait? Purchase your voucher for a remarkable flying adventure in the South East of England today!

Terms and Conditions for Solent Airport

Once you order a voucher, it will be dispatched by one of our agency partners by e-voucher or by post, depending on which you choose when you checkout.

Vouchers are valid until the expiry date shown on your Voucher (typically 10-12 months).

In most cases, once you activate your voucher you will be sent the instructions to redeem the voucher directly with the airfield or operator. Because flying experiences (other than simulators) can only take place in suitable/ safe weather conditions, you must be prepared to be flexible on your activity date. If the agent or operator cancels your experience date, they will inform you as soon as possible and do their very best to offer an alternative date or location. Once a specific date has been booked, you will automatically become bound by the terms and conditions that the individual operator may have. This does not affect your statutory rights.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the descriptions contained on our products are a true reflection of the experience, these do not form part of a contract. If on contacting the operator you feel that the activity taking place no longer accurately represents the activity purchased, the relevant agent will exchange the voucher or refund the purchase price.

If you have any more questions about Solent Airport gift vouchers and experiences please contact us.

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