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Marine Air Terminal Ruins

They cost Imperial Airways £140,000 to build in 1948, but these tragic-looking and surprisingly watery relics of the “golden age of air travel” are all that remain of Southampton’s heritage as an early airport.

The arrow-straight estuary called Southampton Water is well-protected from the swells and waves of the English Channel, which made this unusually calm and sheltered six-mile long tidal stretch ideal for the taxi, take off, and landing of flying boats. For a time, regular services departed Southampton Water on far-flung intercontinental voyages.


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