Donate to Tangmere

News & Events

SE 5a Cockpit Replica Project

The Royal Aircraft Factory SE 5a scout was one of the most successful British fighter aircraft of the First World War and was one of the first aircraft to fly from the newly constructed RAF Tangmere in 1918 when No 92 Squadron trained on the airfield before leaving for France and the Western Front.

Earlier this year, the Museum decided that one of our activities to remember the centenary of the start of the First World War next year should be the construction of an SE 5a cockpit replica.  In July, the RAF Museum allowed us access to their complete SE 5a to enable measurements and photographs to be taken; from these, Bob Goodrick, the Museum’s lead engineer on the project, produced computer drawings and commenced work constructing the wooden cockpit section.

The project is intended to produce an accurate representation of the SE5a cockpit for visitors to sit in, complete with flight instruments, controls, Vickers and Lewis machine guns and gun sight.  To this end, Bob Goodrick is being assisted by Simon Fielder and Colin Lyle who will be covering the replica with fabric.

Main picture: The SE 5a cockpit replica under construction at Tangmere.

Bottom left: Team member Colin Lyle working on the wing centre section.

Bottom right: Team leader Bob Goodrick (left) and Museum General Manager & Chief Engineer  Phil Stokes measuring up a real SE 5a in the RAF Museum’s Grahame-White Factory building.

Latest News

New Exhibits And Other Changes

During the Museum’s annual closed period to visitors (December and January) two new exhibitions have been curated. Following last summer’s successful Polish and Czech…

Continue reading

Chairman's Review of 2017

I am pleased to report that with a figure of 30,680, the total number of visitors to the Museum in 2017 exceeded that for…

Continue reading

Duncan Simpson

We very much regret to announce the death on 7th December of Duncan Simpson OBE CEng FRAes FIMechE who served with distinction as the…

Continue reading

Armistice Day Service

The weather at Tangmere on the morning of Saturday 11 November 2017 was light rain and the decision was made to hold the Museum’s…

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
Top