What to see
The Museum has some excellent aircraft and powerplant exhibits including the World Speed Record breaking Gloster Meteor F.4 Special (flown by Group. Captain E.M. ‘Teddy’ Donaldson in 1946) and Hawker Hunter Mk3 (flown in 1953 by the Museum’s late President Neville Duke). Both these aircraft are on loan from the RAF Museum.
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In this area, you will find a large scale model of RAF Tangmere’s domestic and technical sites circa 1940 and also a fine exhibition of United States’ memorabilia. Our cinema is entered from here where, on arrival, you will have the opportunity to see a short introductory video to the Museum.
The Museum has a memorial garden which you may like to visit situated behind the Museum’s Cafeteria.
Air Raid Shelter
There is a section of an air raid shelter, used at RAF Tangmere during the Second World War, in the Museum grounds where you can experience the sound of an air raid on Tangmere.
The Museum has a picnic area on the grass outside the front entrance where you may consume your own food and drink or refreshments are available for purchase from the Museum’s Cafeteria.
Photography is permitted in all areas of the Museum but, to help preserve the artefacts on display, the use of flash is not permitted in the Battle of Britain, Middle and Tangmere Halls.
- Merston Hall
- 1. Supermarine Swift FR.5
- 2. Hawker Hunter Mk.3
- 3. Supermarine Spitfire prototype (R)
- 4. Gloster Meteor F.4 Special
- 5. English Electric Canberra B.2 cockpit
- 6. Hawker Hurricane Mk.1
- Meryl Hansed Memorial Hall
- 7. Hawker Hunter F.5
- 8. English Electric Lightning F.53
- McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.2
- Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3
- de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW.2
- BAe Sea Harrier FRS.2
- Lockheed T-33A
- de Havilland Vampire T.11
- Gloster Meteor F.8
- Westland Wessex HU.5