Glorious aerial picture of Portsmouth Airport

The much-lamented Portsmouth Airport in all its glory. But can you date this aerial photograph?

The much-lamented Portsmouth Airport in all its glory. But can you date this aerial photograph?

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This glorious aerial photograph shows Portsmouth Airport and its grass runways in all its glory.

Eastern Road runs across the bottom right hand corner and in the top left you can make out the railway line running through Hilsea Halt.

I’m grateful to Brian Wragg for loaning the picture which hangs in the conference room of his offices on the site.

Brian is a director and general manager of Portchester Microtools, in the Hamble Building, Bilton Way, a building which incorporates the airport’s old wages office and laboratories. The firm has been there since 1964.

The wages office is the single-storey building with a white triangular end to the right of centre, two buildings to the left of the two-storey building which looks as though it’s derelict.

Of course, Brian’s company is now surrounded by the Portsmouth Motor Park which covers so much of this area.

Brian got in touch after seeing the recent Remember When picture which showed parts of the old de Havilland Sea Vixen aircraft being transported from the airport final assembly at Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

He recognised the transporter as a Queen Mary truck and two empty ones are parked in the middle of this picture, although they are hard to make out.

What we don’t know however, is the date for this picture. Brian suggests some time between 1942 and 1945. Any ideas?

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