Tangmere Aviation Museum

Tangmere Aviation Museum is located in the the same place as historic RAF Tangmere. Although little of the original site remains today, apart from the graves of the fallen (in the nearby Churchyard), a commemorative stone and the 'Tangmere Cottage.' What is most impressive about the aviation museum is that it tends to be staffed by very knowledgeable and friendly volunteers, and their enthusiasm alone makes any visit a pleasurable experience.

Key events in the history of RAF Tangmere are summarised as follows:
1918 RAF's 91, 92 and 93 squadrons used the base for 3 months
1925 RAF Tangmere was opened as a Fleet Air Arm unit.
1939 As World War II begins, 605 squadron arrived
July 1940 Fighter Interception Unit defends against nighttime enemy raids
August 1940 Tangmere pilots play pivotal role in the Battle of Britain.
August 1940 Pilot Officer Billy Fiske crash lands at Tangmere, and is the first American to die for Britain during the war.
1941 Three Spitfire squadrons were formed under Douglas Bader (above).
1943 Second Tactical Air Force formed controlling 58 squadrons operating on D-day.
1945 Arrival of fighter Leaders School
1946 Record 616 mph achieved in a Meteor jey by Teddy Donaldson
1953 Record 727 mph Achieved in a Hunter jet by Neville Duke
1958 Fighter Command left Tangmere, replaced by signals command .
1963 Signals Command left Tangmere, replaced by No 38 support group.
1970 On the 20th October, RAF withdrew from Tangmere.

A visit is recommeded, especially if you have a connection with the RAF or World War II. It is friendly, and has a cafe and plenty of FREE parking. However, it is not a large attraction, and takes an hour to get around at a gentle pace. It is also not the most modern of attractions, and does not have the same ''interactivity' of modern museums. Take this into account if you are planning a visit for youngsters.
Opening times daily: 10.00am to 4.30pm February and November 10.00am to 5.30pm 1st March to end October (last admission 1 hour before closing time)

For more information visit:

Tangmenre Aviation Museum's Official website