Seaplanes make flypast to honour aviation pioneers


The 80th anniversary of the Schneider Trophy has been celebrated over the Solent.

The aviation contest, which ran from 1913 to 1931, involved teams from the US and Europe who competed in a series of speed competitions.

To mark the anniversary a pair of seaplanes flew along the 1931 route, which covered a 50km (31 miles) triangular course along the Solent.

The contest was won in 1931 by a Supermarine S6B designed by RJ Mitchell, who went on to build the World War II Spitfire fighter.

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