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“Fabulous and very informative.”
Review of Solent Sky Museum

Solent Sky Museum
Ranked #1 of 130 things to do in Southampton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Solent Sky Museum showcases the history of aviation in Southampton - Spitfire City - and the surrounding Solent area.Geographically this was the most important area in the country, perhaps the world, for aircraft experimental and development work between 1908 and the late 1960s. 26 aircraft companies set up shop in the area, and many of the world’s greatest aircraft, including the legendary Spitfire, first took to the air in the skies over Southampton.We have 18 complete airframes, including a Supermarine Spitfire and Supermarine S6a (N248), and also 4 cockpit sections. We also have a comprehensive collection of aero-engines.Our mighty Sandringham Flying Boat was originally built as a Short Sunderland in 1943, and converted to a passenger aircraft after the war. Visitors are welcome to board the aircraft to sample the luxury of air travel in the romantic era of the great flying boats, and guided tours of the flight deck are also available.Kids (and big kids) can also imagine what it would be like to fly a jet fighter while sat in the cockpits of our Supermarine Swift and Harrier Jump Jet. Our new Schneider Trophy Exhibition is now open, with its record-breaking centrepiece the S6a. Video stock footage of these legendary races and artefacts from the time illustrate the drama and romance of the fastest race in history.
Reviewed November 10, 2012

The weather was poor and I wanted to do something different for the day. My wife has a passion for Spitfire's and Solent Sky wasn't far away, so we decided to make a visit. How pleased we are that we did. The Museum is informative, well laid out and very interesting with a great selection of aircraft. The staff are very friendly and helpful, they even took time to arrange for crayons and colouring pictures for our 16m old son Oscar, while we looked around aircraft. We had a great day and Oscar came away with photographs and posters that he was given too. A museum that we will definitely return to, a great day out.

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David M, General Manager at Solent Sky Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2012

Young or old, we believe that all our visitors should have an informative and good experience when visiting our museum. Pleased that you all enjoyed your time here and look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

A good hour or two is well worth spending at this comfortably not-too-huge museum, packed full of great aircraft and associated collected pieces. The boardable Sandringham (ex Sunderland) flying boat is a beauty and worth going for alone. Doesn't go for the rather over-simplified approach sometimes found in museums, and all the better for it for both adults and children!
The staff are keen, friendly and knowlegeable.

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David M, General Manager at Solent Sky Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2012

Thank you for your comments about the museum and staff. We do have a very good team here. We do try and make each visitor experence special. Pleased you enjoyed it.

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Reviewed October 26, 2012

Good to spend a while looking around. Go early can get busy at peak times means that you can't see everything that it has to offer

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David M, General Manager at Solent Sky Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2012

We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Our visitor numbers are slowly on the increase, but our staff will always make time to ensure that each visitor enjoys their day and able to be hands on with some of the exhibits. Thank you for your comments

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Reviewed October 19, 2012

I went to see my favourite plane the spitfire but spent over 3 hours there! The staff are fantastic with an incredible knowledge of the planes in the museum and of planes in general. The planes in the museum are a fantastic collection of piston engined and jet driven from a Saunders roe sra1 to a short sandringham which you can climb aboard and even sit in the cockpit! I also met a gentlemen who flew the military version, the sunderland in the 2nd world war, it really made my day to meet someone who put his life on the line for greater good.

For me seeing a spitfire up close was a dream realised I even got to stick my head in the cockpit because I was tall enough, its incredible who small it is. The schneider trophy winning supermarine is also on display, wonderful plane a fantastic piece of history.

All in all the museum is fantastic and well worth a visit for plane buffs, historians or small kids who will love the fact you can get hands on with some of the displays.

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David M, General Manager at Solent Sky Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2012

We have a lot of older visitors to the museum who have some association with the aircraft. They are a good source of information and their stories bring some of the planes alive. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit, I will pass on your comments to the staff.

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Reviewed October 13, 2012

Getting almost touching close to so many memorable planes was a unique treat. Getting into, and onto the flight deck of, an old sea plane was priceless. Fascinating to sea how air travel has progressed in 50 years from an unpressurized hard seat in which one sat for many hours sat a time in a somewhat bumpy slow moving ride. A must if you are in Southampton well worth the trip if you are anywhere close.

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David M, General Manager at Solent Sky Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2012

There are not many museums today that allow you to visit the flight deck of a flying boat. Where possible we do try and make each visit a hands on experience. Thank you for your comments, and pleased we were able to make it a memorable day for you.

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