The museum has been located on the edge of the former RAF airfield since 1982. Between 1918 and 1970 RAF Tangmere was an operational airfield, known particularly for the pivotal role it played during the Battle of Britain. Many well known aviators flew from Tangmere during WW2 including Douglas Bader and Billy Fiske.
The museum contains many fascinating artefacts and exhibits from this period in our history, including an excavated Hurricane, shot down during the Battle. It is also home to two iconic world record breaking aircraft as well as other aircraft of WW2 and the Cold War Era. Visitors may sit in selected ‘cockpits’ and try their hand at our simulators, including the Lightning simulator (adults only).
Aircraft on display include the stunning red Hawker Hunter in which Neville Duke set the world airspeed record in 1953, a McDonnell Douglas Phantom, an EE Lightning and two Hawker Harriers – a Seaharrier and one of the pair of Harriers which took part in the Daily Mail transatlantic air race in 1969.
Events for 2015 include ‘Classic Wheels’ on June 14h – classic cars and military vehicles, and ‘Tangmere under Attack’ – our tribute to the 75th anniversary of The Battle of Britain on August 16th , and in particular, the attack on Tangmere by the Luftwaffe on August 16th 1940.
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