39. Gosport’s Aviation History 1909 – 2021

39. Gosport’s Aviation History 1909 – 2021


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Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Green, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 1HL

The long and varied history of aviation in the local area of Gosport and Lee-on-the Solent, going back over more than 100 years.

Bob Wealthy presents a fascinating talk. You’ll hear all about…

• Early gliding activities and the construction of powered aircraft;
• Grange Airfield and the Royal Flying Corps, the School of Special Flying and Lt Col Robert Smith-Barry;
• Gosport Aircraft Company who constructed flying boat hulls;
• Royal Naval Air Service Seaplane Training Station at Lee-on-the-Solent;
• RAF Gosport, HMS Siskin, Air Torpedo Development Unit, HMS Sultan;
• Fleetlands Royal Navy aircraft maintenance and repair facility, built around 1940 still in use to the present day;
• …and more besides!

Duration approx 60 minutes


Friday 10 September: 1830


No booking required


Disabled passenger drop-off by the church door. On-road parking beside the church. Pay car parks close by.

Wheel chair accesible toilets Toilets Service dogs welcome Accesible parking parking Mobility impaired


COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.


Holy Trinity Church & Bob Wealthy




Please arrive ten minutes before start time to be seated. Please, no stiletto heels to be worn as they can cause damage to the floor.



Located close to the waterfront and just a few minutes walk from the Gosport Ferry and bus station