Tangmere Military Aviation Museum

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VB (R)
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The Museum was opened in 1982 with exhibits depicting 70 years of military aviation in Sussex, with special emphasis on the RAF at Tangmere and the air war over southern England from 1939 to 1945. The Museum has an intimate atmosphere lacking in many other museums of this kind; perhaps this is due to the enthusiasm of the volunteers who run the museum - many of whom are former RAF personnel.

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Opening hours

The museum is open every day between February 1st and November 30th.
March to October, 1000-1730
February and November, 10001630.
(last admissions are one hour before closing each day)

Admission charges

Adults £9.00*
Over 60s £7.00
Children between 5 and 16 £3.00
Children under 5 FREE
Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £21.00
* £7 on production of Service ID.

Additional info

The Museum is signposted from the A27, three miles east of Chichester, West Sussex, England.

There is free parking, a souvenir shop, cafeteria, grassed picnic area, memorial garden and facilities for the disabled.

The Meryl Hansed memorial Hall is the newest part of the Museum, built in the style of a hangar, housing a Hawker Hunter F5 and an English Electric Lightning F53.
The Merston Hall is the largest part of the Museum, also in the style of a hangar, the Hall houses several aircraft, including two World Speed Record holders on loan from the RAF Museum, London; (one of these is the famous red Hunter flown by Neville Duke from Tangmere). There are also full size replicas of a Hurricane and a Spitfire.
The Tangmere Hall has exhibits illustrating the history of Tangmere from 1917 to 1970. Part of it is devoted to the Lysander pilots who flew secret agents to and from occupied Europe - others to the Royal Flying Corps and theWomen's Auxiliary Air Force. A large model depicts Tangmere prior to the Lufwaffe bombing of 1940. There is a recently opened section devoted to Bomber Command. The Battle of Britain Hall concentrates on the critical air battles of 1940, with aircraft remains, personal effects, photographs and paintings (both Allied and German).
The Middle Hall has models of the Mohne Dam, uniform displays, RAF Regiment armaments, Desert Air Force models and other memorabilia.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Land Transport, Aviation

Key artists and exhibits

  • World Speed Record
  • Hurricane
  • Spitfire
  • History of Tangmere
  • Battle of Britain
  • The Mohne Dam
  • Uniforms
  • RAF Regiment armaments
  • Desert Air Force
  • Bomber Command
  • Dam Busters
  • EE Lightning

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum
West Sussex
PO20 2ES






01243 790090

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