Tangmere Military Aviation Museum

Unofficial Museum Guide

What’s Here

The museum is located on the edge of the famous Battle of Britain fighter airfield. The indoor displays portray the history of Tangmere airfield, the RAF in general and the Battle of Britain. Two of the aircraft exhibits are world speed record breakers, both flying from Tangmere to make their record-breaking runs.

Directions

South of the A27, east of Chichester, West Sussex. Well signposted.

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Visiting

Opening Hours:

Open daily 10.00 am to 5.30 pm, March to October; daily 10.00 am to 4.30 pm February and November. Closed December and January.

Admission:

See official website for details.

Amenities:

Toilets, Parking, Cafe, Souvenir shop, Access for the disabled.

P.1067 Hunter WB888 (photo, Dan Lord) Hunter front view (photo, Dan Lord)
Meteor IV EE549 (photo, Dan Lord) Swift FR.5 WK281 (photo, Dan Lord)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
‘XR753’ BAC Lightning F.53 ZF578 Complete Displayed
BAC Lightning Cockpit Displayed
ZA195 British Aerospace Sea Harrier FA.2 ZA195 Complete Displayed
XJ580 de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW.2 XJ580 Complete Displayed
XH313 de Havilland Vampire T.11 XH313 Complete Displayed
WE113 English Electric Canberra B.2 WE113 Cockpit Displayed
EE549 Gloster Meteor IV Special EE549 Complete Displayed
‘VZ440’ Gloster Meteor F.8 WA984 Complete Displayed
WV332 Hawker Hunter F.4 WV332 Nose Displayed
WP190 Hawker Hunter F.5 WP190 Complete Displayed
P3179 Hawker Hurricane I P3179 Cockpit Displayed
‘L1679’ Hawker Hurricane I BAPC.241 FSM Displayed
WB188 Hawker P.1067 WB188 Complete Displayed
XV744 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3 XV744 Complete Displayed
19252 Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star 19252 Complete Displayed
XV408 McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.2 XV408 Complete Displayed
‘K5054’ Supermarine Spitfire prototype BAPC.214 FSM Displayed
‘BL924’ Supermarine Spitfire LF.Vb BAPC.242 FSM Displayed
WK281 Supermarine Swift FR.5 WK281 Complete Displayed
XS511 Westland Wessex HU.5 XS511 Complete Displayed
XN299 Westland Whirlwind HAR.7 XN299 Complete Displayed

Notes: Meteor F.8 ‘VZ440’ is a composite of WA829 and WA984. The Fairey Gannet cockpit has moved to Hooton park.

More Information

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, Tangmere Airfield, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 2ES. Tel: 01243 790090. Website: Tangmere Museum

Spitfire FSM ‘BL924’ (photo, Dan Lord) The Spitfire display (photo, Dan Lord)
Spitfire Prototype FSM ‘K5054’ (photo, Dan Lord) Ferret armoured car (photo, Dan Lord)
WW2 support equipment (photo, Dan Lord) Hurricane FSM L1679 (photo, Dan Lord)
T-33A 19252 (photo, Dan Lord) Sea Vixen FAW.2 XJ580 (photo, Dan Lord)
Lightning F.53 ‘XR753’ (photo, Dan Lord) Whirlwind HAR.7 XN299 (photo, Dan Lord)

Meteor F.8 ‘WA829’ (photo, Dan Lord)

Shoreham Airport Visitor Centre

Unofficial Museum Guide

What’s Here

Not to be confused with the Kent airfield of the same name, the Visitor Centre in the terminal building here houses a number of well presented displays portraying the 95 year history of this well known airfield. The Transair Pilot Shop can also be visited at this airfield, and has Tornado P03 XX947 as a Gate Guardian. In November 2012 the airfield was renamed ‘Brighton Airport’ to give publicity to a new airline route which was soon suspended.

Directions

In the Visitor Centre at Brighton Airport, Shoreham, west of the River Adur, south of the A27. Signposted.

Visiting

Opening Hours:

Open daily 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, 1st April to 30th September; 10.00 am to 3.00 pm, 1st October to 31st March. Guided tours are organised on a regular basis – booking essential. (There is a small charge for guided tours).

Admission:

Admission free to the Visitor Centre, but donations are appreciated.

Amenities:

No information.

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
ASR EoN AP8 Baby G-ALRU Complete Displayed
Mignet HM.14 Flying Flea BAPC.277 Complete Displayed
Piffard Humming Bird BAPC.300 Reproduction Displayed

Harrier GR.3 XZ995 was been put into storage at Lowestoft. Herald cockpit G-ASVO has moved to Perth. Grasshopper TX.1 WZ820 has moved to Sywell.

More Information

Shoreham Airport Visitor Centre, Cecil Pashley Way, Shoreham Airport, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5FF. Tel: 01273 441061. Website: Shoreham Airport Visitor Centre

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