Tangmere Military Aviation Museum began in 1981 when a group of enthusiasts decided to keep the memory of the site alive. They expanded, were given a building to use and by 1982 had opened their doors to the public. The museum has continued to grow and develop since then and today it tells the story of the UK's military aviation heritage through thousands of artefacts both large and small. The museum now has over a dozen aircraft and several cockpit reconstructions for visitors to explore. I 'dragged' the family along with me and as usual I went camera in hand.
|Inside one of the exhibition hangers|
|Hawker Hunter Mk 5|
|Hunter Mk 3 - WB188 Which broke the World Speed Record in 1953|
|The Gloster Meteor F4 which broke the world speed record in 1946|
|A replica Hawker Hurricane Mk 1|
|Mitchell - Designer of the Spitfire|
|Typical British Bomber Crew flying kit from WWII|
|Pigeon Reconnaissance from WWI (I kid you not).|
|A Picket Hamilton retractable fort|
|De Havilland Sea Vixen FAW 2|
|McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR 2|
|British Fighter crew flying kit from WWII|
|The Scramble Bell|
If you have an interest in British military aviation then this museum is certainly worth a visit. Its crammed full of very interesting exhibits and everything is well laid out and carefully presented. There were also a lot of volunteers around ready to answer questions and help in any way. All in all an excellent museum.