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Old 5th Jun 2021, 22:10
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Chattis Hill Gallops and High Post

CHG is situated west of Stockbridge (on the A30) and became a Spitfire assembly and flight field (hangar bases still in woods)after the Southampton factories were blitzed. When I used to drive past in the 60's enroute to the west the road leading to the field was called Love Lane, but many years later was altered to Spitfire lane. High Post was a private club field north of Salisbury (not that far from Boscombe Down). Spitfire testing was transferred there from Worthy Down and utilised the original small club hangar (still there). Supermarines early jet prototypes also flew from there (grass airfield). The unlikely setting of Newlyn Harbour was next to a WW1 seaplane base (as was Tresco on the IOS).
The airship hangar bases at Mullion are still visible as are several blister hangars sitting in a 'sea' of crops in many places.
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