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Strange noises over Godshill

One or two among us may have had very young childhood memories aroused by the strange noises over the village this lunchtime which seemed like a re-enactment of the Battle of Britain. They are set to continue through the afternoon and be repeated tomorrow.

South Wight, and more specifically, Sandown Airport, is playing host to the latest round of Air Racing by the Royal Air Racing Club. Tiny single propeller aircraft race against the clock doing 4 laps of a 25 mile course which takes them right over Godshill as they do the first leg of the lap from Sandown Airport to Chale.

This lunchtime we have seen the planes practicing, flying at about 500 feet (150 metres) above the ground. Unfortunately, they are flying in grey skies with some planes being invisible as they travel above rather than below the low cloud cover.

The cacophony of sound should reach a crescendo soon after the race start time of 3:30pm. Hopefully, the weather will be kinder tomorrow when the race is due to begin at 1:00pm.

If you want to take a closer look, you should pop over to Sandown Airport where there is plenty of entertainment laid on and plenty of small planes to see.

The video below, from the race over Alderney in 2015, shows you something of what to expect to see.

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