Solent fly past for seaplanes ready to lap historic winning route

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A FLYPAST with seaplanes from across Europe will take place on the Solent tomorrow to mark the 80th anniversary of Britain winning the Schneider Trophy in 1931.

The planes will follow a route similar to that of the original competition, leaving from Lee-on-the-Solent, to East Cowes, Isle of Wight, along the island’s coast to St Helens, then over to Langstone Harbour at Eastney, along Southsea’s coast to Gilkicker Point and back to Lee-on-the-Solent.

They will fly the route three times, before performing sea landings and take-offs.

The world-wide Schneider Trophy started in 1913. Each winner of the former year’s race would host the next event and any country which won the race three times out of five would take the trophy.

Britain won the event in both 1914 and 1922, and from 1927 it took first prize for the next three consecutive years with the seaplane – becoming the first country to lift the cup.

The anniversary flypast starts at midday. The best viewing points include Southsea Esplanade, Gilkicker Point and Stokes Bay Road, Gosport.