Watch: Spitfire flies over Portsmouth

THEY say good things come to those who wait and the commemorative Spitfire flight certainly kept the crowds waiting.

Monday, 7th March 2016, 7:50 am
Updated Monday, 7th March 2016, 7:54 am
A spitfire takes off from Southampton Airport to mark the 80th anniversary of the first Spitfire flight

But for those who stuck out the biting cold, the Spitfire finally roared over the shores of Hill Head, Gosport and Portsmouth about 50 minutes behind schedule on Saturday morning.

Despite cloudy skies, crowds lined shores across the area to catch a glimpse of the 80-year old fighter aircraft, which left from Southampton Airport on a flypast following the route taken by its prototype in 1936.

Among the crowd at Stokes Bay in Gosport were Joshua Lyons-Clark, 12, and his sister, Erin, eight, from Fareham.

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A spitfire takes off from Southampton Airport to mark the 80th anniversary of the first Spitfire flight

They were accompanied by granddad James Warburton, 67, from Gosport. Mr Warburton said: ‘It’s nostalgic. They are such fantastic things, you know you haven’t missed it because of the loud roar of the engine.’

Also watching was Nigel Duffin, 60, from Whiteley.

Mr Duffin said: ‘It is wonderful that it has lasted this long.’

Air Training Corps at Southampton Airport with the Spitfire that flew over Portsmouth on Saturday Picture: Andy R Annable / [email protected]
A spitfire takes off from Southampton Airport to mark the 80th anniversary of the first Spitfire flight
Air Training Corps at Southampton Airport with the Spitfire that flew over Portsmouth on Saturday Picture: Andy R Annable / [email protected]