Donate to Tangmere

News & Events

Main Spar Added to Dennis Noble’s Hurricane

On 30 August 1940, No 43 Squadron’s Sergeant Dennis Noble took off from RAF Tangmere with other Hurricanes of his squadron to meet an incoming Luftwaffe raid. Sadly, over Brighton, Dennis was killed in his cockpit and his aircraft crashed just before noon in Woodside Road, Hove. On impact, the wings and main spar of Hurricane P3179 broke away. The engine and cockpit carried on into the ground, deep into the Sussex clay. On the next day, those parts of the aircraft that had remained on the surface were taken away by an RAF salvage team.

In November 1996, Keith Arnold, an aviation archaeologist, having obtained the necessary licence from the MOD, commenced recovering the aircraft from the crash site. In 1999, the aircraft parts, including the Merlin engine were moved to the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum where they have been displayed ever since. However, about four years ago Keith was contacted by a householder in Woodside Road who had recently bought a house and found in the garden a large aircraft part. Keith identified this to be the main spar of Hurricane P3179.

During the Museum’s recent closed period, Keith has reunited the main spar with aircraft. To do so, he has turned the aircraft through 180 degrees which has also enabled him to add additional parts not previously displayed. The Museum’s Curatorial Department has also produced new information boards on Dennis Noble, Hurricane P3179 and its excavation from Woodside Road which are displayed with the aircraft.

Latest News

Lysander Replica Aircraft Arrives

On Saturday 16 June the Museum received its latest acquisition, a full-size replica of a Westland Lysander Mk III (Special Duties), the short take-off…

Continue reading

Scale Model Show At Museum

On Saturday 5 May, in glorious spring weather, the Museum jointly ran a Scale Model Show with our local model club, Tangmere Sector Modellers.


Continue reading

'Tangmere' Locomotive Plate Exhibition Opens

On 3 May the ‘Tangmere Locomotive Plate’ exhibition was officially opened by Barry Eden, the donor of the plates.

David Coxon, the Museum’s Deputy Director,…

Continue reading

Museum Annual General Meeting 2018

The Museum’s AGM held on Thursday, 26th April was attended by some 25 members of the Trust Company.    Given there were 4 vacancies for…

Continue reading

  • You can pay using these credit cards:
  • visa
  • mastercard
  • maestro
  • switch
  • switch
  • jcb
  • Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
  • awards for all
  • Visit England Accredited
  • Arts Council