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Chairman’s Review of 2009

Group Captain David Baron OBE reviews the Museum’s 2009 season:

‘This has been another year of considerable progress for the Museum. Several new exhibits were introduced including a 10-minute film on the life of Douglas Bader, a video presentation telling the story of the Suez Campaign in 1956 and a touch-screen display featuring the Battle of Britain. Refurbishment of the Ferret armoured car and Link Trainer continued and considerable preservation work was carried out on our static aircraft fleet – of particular note was completion of the Phantom update incorporating No 29 Squadron livery and air-to-air missiles. A full computer listing of the Museum’s library collection was achieved and significant progress made in providing a comprehensive database for our 10,000-plus artefacts. Finally, work continued on the options for future redevelopment of the the Museum’s 2009 season:

Our first major event, an Open Day held on 15th March, attracted well over 800 visitors. Our main event of the year, “Tangmere 39”, marked the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII and we were delighted to welcome as our principal guest, Gp Capt Billy Drake, who was serving as a young fighter pilot on No 1 Squadron at RAF Tangmere when war was declared on 3rd September the Museum’s 2009 season:

I regret to record that several active members of the Museum passed away during the year. In their various ways, all made a significant contribution to our activities and we shall miss them the Museum’s 2009 season:

Visitor numbers were only 0.4% down on the record 32,238 achieved in 2008, a considerable achievement given the present economic climate. Finally, I offer my appreciation and thanks to all members for their sterling efforts on the Museum’s behalf over the past year.’

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