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About Tangmere

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum was born when a group of like-minded enthusiasts met to discuss ways of keeping the memory of RAF Tangmere alive. In 1981, West Sussex County Council donated a large SECO hut to the group and in June 1982, following much hard endeavour, the embryo Museum opened its doors to visitors. We have grown considerably since then to exhibit a vast number of artefacts.

Staffed entirely by volunteers, our mission statement can be described thus:

The Museum exists to promote awareness of the United Kingdom’s military aviation heritage and to educate present and future generations in military aviation by:

  • Exhibiting the history of aircraft and personnel involved in military aviation with particular reference to RAF Tangmere and its unique place in that history.
  • Serving as a memorial to those allied airmen and airwomen who gave their lives in the service of this country.

In 1987, the Museum became a Charitable Trust and Limited Company. As such, its full title is the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum Trust Ltd and it is governed by Memorandum and Articles of Association.

The Museum’s governing body is the Trust Council, comprising 9 elected Trustees who, in effect, constitute the Company’s Board of Directors. The Council is responsible for all matters of policy, including the allocation of departmental budgets. Day to day management is delegated to the Museum’s Director who oversees a Management Team comprising the following areas of responsibility: Curator, Operations, Safety, Education, Engineering, Publicity and Simulators. The cafeteria (operated via franchise) and shop (Museum Trading Company) respond directly to the Trust Council.

Dramatis Personae

  • Patron: The Duke of Richmond and Gordon
  • Hon President: Air Marshal Sir Graham Miller KBE
  • Hon Life Vice-President: Mr Alan Bower

Past Presidents

  • Squadron Leader Neville Duke DSO OBE DFC** AFC FRAeS
  • Mr Duncan Simpson OBE CEng FRAeS FIMechE

Council of Trustees

  • Group Captain David Baron OBE (Chairman)
  • Mr David Burleigh MBE
  • Mr David Coxon
  • Mr Dudley Hooley
  • Mr Len Outridge
  • Mr Ken Shepherd
  • Mr David Smith BA (Hons)
  • Mrs Brenda Thompson
  • Mr Bill Walker

Officers of the Company

  • Hon Treasurer: Mr Ken Shepherd
  • Hon Secretary: Mrs Joyce Warren

Office of the Director

  • Director: Mr Dudley Hooley
  • Deputy Director/ Curator: Mr David Coxon

      Director’s Management Team

  • Treasurer: Mr Ken Shepherd
  • Deputy Curator: Mr Trevor Clark
  • Operations: Mr Len Outridge
  • Education: Mr Richard Thomas
  • Engineering: Mr Phil Stokes 
  • Publicity: Mrs Rosemary Coxon/Mr Joe Marsden
  • Simulators: Mr Pete Pitman

Shop Manager

  • Mrs Sheila Shepherd

Charity Commission Reg No: 299327.
Company No: 2206865.


The museum is open every day between February 1st and November 30th.

March to October:
10.00am to 5.00pm
February and November:
10.00am to 4.30pm

(last admissions are one hour before closing each day)

Visit Us

Nr Chichester,
West Sussex
PO20 2ES

01243 790 090

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Flight Simulators

The Tangmere Museum has 3 computer-controlled Flight Simulators for visitors to ‘fly’.

It also has a D-4 Link Trainer which may be flown by suitably-qualified visitors by prior arrangement only. Please click HERE for terms and…

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