The project began back in 1994 as a database of military air losses in my area, since then it has grown into a 50000+ word book with appendices, maps & photos. The book deals with the 300 odd aircraft that have crashed or force-landed onto the Island or into the coastal waters around it. The Isle of Wight is a small island of some 145 square miles, situated some six miles off the coast of central southern England. The Island has had a long history of aircraft manufacturing and testing, and along with the neighbouring mainland cities of Portsmouth and Southampton, saw heavy military action during the Second World War. Therefor perhaps the high number of incidents for such a small area is not so surprising. The book covers a period from the first loss, of a Bristol built floatplane, in April 1913 up to the present day and includes the tragic crash of Plain-Sailing's Super-Catalina on Southampton Water in July 1998. Although the book is currently finished, the project is still very much live. Any information on local air crashes is eagerly sought. Research is a 'two-way street', so any reasonable requests for assistance into your crash research in my area will be welcomed.