Tangmere Military Aviation Museum

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum Welcome to Tangmere Military Aviation Museum with stories and exhibits from the First World War to the Jet Age.

There are cockpits and simulators you can sit in and enjoy as well as a range of aircraft on display. Opening times: Last entry one hour before closing Mar to Oct 10am-5pm, (Feb and Nov 10am-4:30pm) 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult Closed December and January


The Museum is now open

After another successful year and the annual repair, replace and refurbish over the past 2 months we are pleased to announce that the museum is now open every day until 30th November.

Warbird Lovers

Warbird Lovers

Fantastic to see the UK's two airworthy Lysanders together, grazing in the sunshine at Duxford last September. 2019 was the first time in 20 years that we had seen a pair of Lysanders grace UK skies.

Westland Lysander V9552 / G-AZWT of the Shuttleworth Collection carries the special ops markings of V9367, a 161 Squadron aircraft complete with long range fuel tank and access ladder. She was initially built for the RAF as V9552 but was transferred to Canada and converted to a Mk.III TT (target tug) as RCAF 1582. She joined The Shuttleworth Collection in 1998

Westland Lysander V9312 / G-CCOM of the Aircraft Restoration Company has been with the collection since 2003 and made her airshow display debut in 2019. She served with the RAF in 1941-42 and then moved to Canada where she was converted to a target tug. After the war she spent long periods in storage in both Canada and with Kermit Weeks in the US before being acquired and completely restored by ARCo. She now wears her authentic 225 Sqd markings and it is hoped that flight experiences will be available in her soon through Aerial Collective.


The Museum is now Closed until 1 February 2020 while we do our winter tidy up, repair and produce new displays.



The Tangmere Military Aviation Museum remains open until the end of November, including the October half-term school holiday. If you and your family have been inspired by this year’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, come and see our current exhibition on the contribution Tangmere and its surrounding airfields made in support of the Allied landings on 6 June 1944. The exhibition also includes films on the V1 flying bomb attacks on southern England, Hitler’s response to the Normandy landings.
For children, the Museum has its activity centre with quizzes, questionnaires and the ever popular ‘Find the Tangmere Teddy-Bear’ challenge for our very little visitors. We also have aircraft simulators for children including our WW2 combat simulator with unlimited simulated ammunition to shoot down enemy aircraft.
Adults, at no extra charge - try our Lightning cockpit fast-jet simulator. Take-off from Tangmere, fly to Portsmouth and return to attempt to make a landing, all with the help of one of our friendly instructors. Our visitors are always interested in the heroic stories of the SOE agents who were flown from Tangmere in the dead of night to French farmers fields, the pilots using moonlight to navigate by. See our full size Lysander replica that carried out these clandestine missions.
Adults and children – sit in our aircraft cockpits and experience what it was like to be a fighter pilot. It’s never too early to buy Christmas presents – our well stocked shop has items for all ages including those exclusive to the Museum. If you want refreshment look no further than our acclaimed NAAFI tea-room.
The Museum is open from 10am to 5pm. More information on www.tangmere-museum.org.uk


Canadian cyclist touring England to collect stories of the iconic Spitfire aircraft

Kurt Turchan, the founder of allspitfirepilots.org a website dedicated to the Spitfire and the pilots that flew it, will be touring England this fall to expand his online history of the renowned British fighter aircraft that includes photos, memories and a database of Spitfire pilots from around the world.

“Thousands of Spitfires and pilots have been submitted to allspitfirepilots.org by users from all over the world including the UK, Australia, Canada, the US, France, Poland, Norway, New Zealand and South Africa,” said Turchan. “While pilots from many nations flew the Spitfire, it was designed and built in the UK so it is my hope that this trip will raise awareness of the site and encourage history buffs and Spitfire enthusiasts to visit the site and contribute their own stories, photos and pilot information.”

Turchan’s 100-mile bicycle tour kicks off on 11 September at 7 p.m. at the Dolphin and Anchor in Chichester, a pub frequented by airmen from the local Tangmere airfield throughout the war and during the Battle of Britain, where he will be joined by author and former RAF pilot Ron Powell. Powell will give a talk on selected Battle of Britain pilots. All are welcome, and Turchan hopes to meet with those who may be able to contribute to the site. After attending the Battle of Britain Day ceremony in Capel-le-Ferne on 15 September Turchan will visit the Old Jail pub after visiting Biggin Hill and again welcomes anyone to join him.

“The site captures technical details and operational records, but it is the human stories that are the most compelling,” added Turchan. One of his favourite stories was told by the son of photo reconnaissance pilot, John Bendixsen who detailed his father’s crash landing during which he ploughed through a hedge and onto a road stopping just short of a stone wall, only to be told off by a girl on her bicycle for interrupting her ride. The air war was vicious and fiercely fought, but there were some lighter moments. “These were heroes, each and every one of them, whether they survived or were killed in training, an accident, or battle.”

Turchan’s plan is to continue to update the custom software he developed for the site, then transfer the stewardship of it to an organization in the UK. “The goal of the site is to capture not just the aces, but each and every pilot and their pre and post-war activities,” added Turchan.

Anyone can register and contribute a pilot or a Spitfire photo, add to existing entries, leave a comment or ask a question. Visitors can also “follow” a pilot and receive notifications of new additions.

EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

Kids at AirVenture 2019 had a fun time yesterday pedaling down Celebration Way in a variety of pedal planes!

Vulcan Restoration Trust

Vulcan Restoration Trust

Only three days till our Father’s Day Visit the Vulcan Day on Sunday!

Yes it’s Fathers Day this Sunday, you hadn’t forgotten have you? Tut tut, well don’t panic for ideas bring him down the Vulcan! Lots to see not just our wonderful Vulcan.

The 10th Essex Living History Group will be attending with their WW1 Nieuport 20 and DH.2 full scale replica aircraft.

Seawings Flying club offering trial flights and lessons all day, with an aircraft on display.

Rayleigh Brass Band will be providing music throughout the day.

The Shoeburyness & South Essex Royal Artillery Association will be displaying its Landrover and working field gun

Military vehicles, fire engines, VRT vehicles, (tug and fuel bowser).

Southend Radio Model Flying Club are displaying 15 of its large scale models.

The East Anglia Kawasaki Vulcan Riders will be attending with 20 motorbike.

Children’s face painter

Burger and hotdog stand

Ice cream and donuts kiosk

Micro Brewery stall.

For more info see the webpage https://avrovulcan.com/events/visit-the-vulcan-day-16-june-2019

Vulcan Restoration Trust

Vulcan Restoration Trust

Not long now till our Father’s Day - Visit the Vulcan open day

The 10th Essex Living History Group will be attending with their WW1 Nieuport 20 and DH.2 full scale replica aircraft.

Seawings Flying club offering trial flights and lessons all day.

Rayleigh Brass Band will be providing music throughout the day.

The Shoeburyness & South Essex Royal Artillery Association will be displaying its Landrover and working field gun

Military vehicles, fire engines, VRT vehicles, (tug-fuel bowser).

Southend Radio Model Flying Club are displaying 15 of its large scale models.

The East Anglia Kawasaki Vulcan Riders will be attending with 20 motorbike.

Children’s face painter

Burger and hotdog stand

Ice cream and donuts kiosk

Hoppliy Micro Brewery stall.


R5 Air Displays Ltd

R5 Air Displays Ltd

The historic former Royal Naval Air Station of Daedalus, now Solent Airport, will host [email protected], on the airfield over the 8th and 9th June!

With a rich mix of flying displays, parachute drops, static aircraft and numerous ground displays, why not come along and be part of these historic commemorations!

More details are available by visiting www.fareham.gov.uk/DDay75.

Aerosuperbatics WingWalkersGyro Air DisplaysThe Gazelle Squadron Display TeamHistoric Army Aircraft FlightAviationBoultbee Flight AcademyThe Great War Display Team Solent Airport, Daedalus Westland Wasp Historic Flight

We have made the Hall of Fame with 5 years consecutive Certificates of Excellence

We have made the Hall of Fame with 5 years consecutive Certificates of Excellence

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum will be at the D-Day event at Daedalus so come and visit us there

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum will be at the D-Day event at Daedalus so come and visit us there

Vulcan Restoration Trust

Vulcan Restoration Trust

We have a very exciting programme of events planned for 2019. So find that diary and grab a pen!

Please note some events will be ticket only and will be available via our website avrovulcan.com or via our event partner linked from the website.

The Visit the Vulcan Days are of course non advanced ticket and you just need to turn up and pay on the gate.

Saturday 23rd March 2019
Timeline Events - Sunset and Night Photoshoot of XL426

Sunday 28th April 2019
Visit the Vulcan Day

Saturday 11th May 2019
Secret Cinema at the Vulcan
Part of the Southend Film Festival 2019
(Film: James Bond, Goldfinger)

Saturday 18th May 2019
AGM and Members social afternoon with Guest Speaker (Col Rich Graham Retired USAF SR71 and Phantom Pilot) Location: Hawkwell Village Hall

Sunday 16th June 2019
Visit the Vulcan Day - Father’s Day!

Saturday 13th July 2019
Proms at the Vulcan with the Essex Concert Orchestra

Sunday 18th August 2019
Visit the Vulcan Day

Sunday 22nd September 2019
Visit the Vulcan Day

Saturday 19th October 2019
1940’s-1950’s Hangar Dance with the Sid Bolan Big Band

Saturday 30th November 2019
The Christmas Event (Speaker to be confirmed) Location: Hawkwell Village Hall

For further information please see the Events page on our website avrovulcan.com

The tickets for some events are not currently available and will be coming soon.

Tangmere Sector Modellers IPMS

Tangmere Sector Modellers IPMS

Its arrived! A fantastic display cabinet for the club at our home base: Tangmere Military Aviation Museum.

Sponsored by IPMS(UK). IPMS (UK) - 'The Workbench'

The display will mainly feature Tangmere related builds to support and promote the museum and also the this great hobby and the work the IPMS do to encourage new participants.

The display is work in progress with signage and more models to be added over the next couple of weeks. It can be seen when the museum opens next saturday (2nd february).

We are honoured the the museum have agreed to have the cabinet and support the club in its endevours, especially Scale Model Show at Tangmere Military Aviation Museum #04.05.19, whixh we will have some.exciting updates about very soon.

So please come and visit this gem of a museum and the work the club is doing with them.

Vulcan Restoration Trust

Vulcan Restoration Trust

Hopefully you haven’t forgotten that it’s our fourth and last for 2018 Visit the Vulcan Day this Sunday?? Of course you haven’t!!

We have attending a full scale replica Spitfire Mk2 representing RAF Rochford now LSA for the ‘Battle of Britain Day’ commemorations.

RAF 1940 re-enactors will be with the Spitfire representing RAF Rochford and ‘Battle of Britain Day’

Music provided by the Essex Yeomanry Brass Band

Shoeburyness and South Essex Royal Artillery Association with their gun and support vehicle.

10th Essex WW1 re-enactors group will be attending with their encampment marking the end of 1914-1918 ‘Great War’

Also “Motion Picture Motors” will be attending with 20 famous cars!

Southend Radio Control Flying Club with 15 large RC scale models.

IPMS-plastic aircraft model kit makers with a selection of their work.

Plus our usual lineup of vendors:
Hoppily Micro Brewery
Ice cream and doughnut kiosk
Children’s face painter
Burger and hotdog stall

The gate will be open just before 10:00, open till 16:00.

Aircraft Restoration Company

Aircraft Restoration Company

What an incredible weekend at The Goodwood Revival !

We are very proud to bring home 2nd place for the Lizzie and 3rd place for the Blenheim in this year's Freddie March Spirit of Aviation Concours and would like to extend a huge, heartfelt congratulations to Sarah Hanna and the rest of the MH434 team for the very well deserved 1st place!

Thank you to everyone who came to see us in the Freddie March arena over the three days! There will be some photos to drop later in the week but for now we just thought we'd try and distract you from any Monday blues with this short clip we captured of the Lizzie on her way down to Goodwood Aviation Airfield on Thursday afternoon... Enjoy!


The team is at Goodwood Revival with the Canberra and Hunter cockpits and a display of artefacts. We had plenty of visit...

The team is at Goodwood Revival with the Canberra and Hunter cockpits and a display of artefacts. We had plenty of visitors today (Saturday) and will be there on Sunday so why not pop along, see our displays and find out what the Museum is all about!



The car park at the museum is being upgraded and relaid. This will inevitably cause some inconvenience. However, the alternative car park is fully functional and is entered by the airfield gate, not the Museum gate. Please follow the signs for parking. The entry route into the museum will change as the work progresses but will be well signposted. There will be limited access to the outside aircraft but we hope that this will not spoil your enjoyment.


The Museum’s summer exhibition, ‘Tangmere and the SOE’, was officially opened on the 21 July by James Vaughan-Fowler, the son of Peter, the famous Special Duties pick-up pilot. Some 60 relatives of other pick-up pilots also attended with special guests; Stanley David, an SOE dispatcher and Fred Bailey, an SOE wireless operator with the one of the 1944 Jedburgh teams, who later served in Burma and had to be evacuated by a Lysander from a jungle strip. Rupert and Robin, the sons of Wing Commander Leonard Ratcliff, a No 161 Squadron Special Duties pilot, whom in 1944 commanded the Lysander flight at Tangmere, presented to the Museum their father’s Irvine flying jacket he wore whilst on SD operations. A week after the exhibition opened the Museum and Chichester Cinema at New Park held a joint event in which the famous film ‘Carve her Name With Pride’ about the wartime life of Violette Szabo was screened. Prior to the showing of the film two talks were given to a packed audience, one by Tania Szabo about her mother and the other by the Museum’s Director Dudley Hooley on the No 161 Squadron pick-up pilots.
The exhibition closed on Sunday 2 September. During the six weeks of opening it had been well attended and received, many of its 2,000 visitors deciding to see the exhibition after viewing our recently acquired full sized Westland Special Duties Lysander aircraft, displayed in the Museum’s Merston Hall. Also well received was the exhibition’s programme of talks and demonstrations which commenced on 2 August with Martyn Bell, a good friend of the Museum and the current Mayor of Chichester, giving a very interesting and informative talk on Jean Moulin, de Gaulle’s representative within the French Resistance. On the 9 August (repeated on the last day of the exhibition), the Museum’s Pete Pitman provided his audience with his excellent talk on ‘Tangmere and the SOE’. Further exhibition talks included Dudley Hooley on ‘Jimmy ‘Mac’ McCairns’ and ‘Noor Inayat Khan’, Rosemary Coxon on ‘Operation Anthropoid’ and Dr Andrew Smith of Chichester University on ‘Resistance and the Free French’. Many of the talks attracted a ‘full-house’. The Museum is particularly grateful to visiting speakers Martyn and Andrew who gave up their time to support the exhibition.
On the first two weekends of the exhibition espionage equipment used by the SOE was demonstrated by a local Living History Group called the ‘Baker Street Boys’, dressed as members of the French Resistance. They showed our visitors the ingenious and deadly devices used by the SOE to carry out Churchill’s famous order to “Set Europe Ablaze”. On Sunday 5 August four ‘trainee agents’ and one ‘conducting officer’ from the recent BBC documentary series ’Secret Agent: WW2’ visited the Museum and answered questions on how during the filming they had managed the training undertaken by the real SOE agents in the Second World War. Fred Bailey again attended and answered questions from the public on being a member of the SOE.
In conclusion, a well-attended and successful exhibition with an excellent programme of talks and demonstrations that provided more information to our visitors on the important role RAF Tangmere and the SOE played in the Second World War.


Gamecock Terrace Tangmere
PO20 2ES

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:30
Thursday 10:00 - 16:30
Friday 10:00 - 16:30
Saturday 10:00 - 16:30
Sunday 10:00 - 16:30




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Fanastic place staff so helpful and very friendly . Well worth’s a visit and not expensive .
Please share this hall played a part in both world wars.
Visited yesterday and was very impressed with the extensive collection. What looked like a small place from the outside turned into an absorbing treasure trove of history. Very nice also to see the section about Polish and Czech pilots.
Is the flypast happening today ?
Please could anyone be able to tell me where this photo was taken? My dad was based at tangmere in the 50s. In number 1 squadron. Thank you in advance
Visited with the wife and kids, it was only me who originally wanted to go but we all thoroughly enjoyed it! Everyone there was very warm welcoming, proud and keen to tell us stories of the planes and areas of the museum, we all really enjoyed it! Highly recommend visiting there!
Had a fantastic lesson in the Lightning simulator today from an ex RAF Lightning pilot. This has to be one of the most enthusiastically staffed museums I know. I can't recommend it enough.
Musician, composer and new museum volunteer Richard Lane has made his super new CD 'Hymn for a Pilot' available for sale in our museum shop. Richard’s multi-faceted career has included performing both as a headliner and opening act for such notable bands as Kool and the Gang, Canned Heat, the Platters and more. His career has taken him to many countries including South Asia, Britain and the USA and, along the way, he has added more strings to his bow as a voice over/singing talent for many tv and radio commercials and corporate documentaries and, more recently, was hired to narrate for Audible.com under the pseudonym James Falcone. As well as composing his own songs and music, Richard arranges and produces albums and film music for local and international artists. He has recorded with notable international jazz and pop musicians such as Eric Persing, Nick Manson, John Patitucci, Marty Walsh , John JR Robinson and Steve Tavaglione, some of whom feature on his most recent pop album “Out of the Shadows’ which is a musical look at his own questions on faith and the world around him and which received some very complimentary international reviews. Richard has always taken an interest in preserving and shining a spotlight on the brave men and women who fight selflessly for our freedoms which are so often taken for granted these days. A recent composition called Hymn for a Pilot is a tribute to them and he is currently using the sales of the song to generate funds for the cause.
The weather on Sunday was perfect for the Norman Broadbridge Run organised by Goodwood section VMCC. Thank you for providing our start location. I know many riders took the time to enjoy the museum and excellent cafe.