Schneider air race over Southsea and the Solent | Nostalgia

More than 250,000 spectators were believed to have packed Southsea for the 1929 air race.

Wednesday, 29th September 2021, 7:26 pm
A plane taking part in the Schneider Air Race over the Solent in May 1988. Picture: PP1685
A plane taking part in the Schneider Air Race over the Solent in May 1988. Picture: PP1685

In September that year entrants in the Schneider air race flew low over Southsea thrilling enormous crowds which were estimated at a quarter of a million.

The event, first flown in 1913, was originally a race for seaplanes and flying boats.

When it was revived in the 1980s it was for any propeller-driven landplane capable of maintaining 100mph in straight and level flight.

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One of the competitors in the 1929 Schneider Trophy Air Race flying over Southsea.

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Gloster IV B was used for practice flying by the 1929 British team pilots for the Schneider Cup. Picture: PP5288
Four women on the beach at Southsea watching the Schneider Trophy air race. The turning point pylon is visible on the right. Picture: Getty
Supermarine S.6 piloted by FO Waghorn won the Schneider Trophy in September 1929, reaching an average of 328mph over the Solent. Picture: PP5287