“1946 Speed Record Attempt” Exhibition Report

April, 2021

The ‘1946 Record Attempt’ exhibition was held in the Museum’s ASTRA cinema from 1 September until the end of November 2021 to mark the 75th anniversary of the RAF’s High Speed Flight’s successful attempt from RAF Tangmere in 1946.

Approximately 2,000 visits came to see the exhibition and the actual aircraft that achieved the World Airspeed record – Gloster Meteor EE549, on display in the Museum’s Merston Hall (the aircraft is on loan from the RAF Museum).

Two films were made in-house for the exhibition on the ‘Gloster Meteor Record Breakers’ and on the ‘Development of the Gloster Meteor’. Explanation boards were created on ‘The World Airspeed Record Achieved from Tangmere’, ‘The RAF High Speed Flight’ and on two of the pilots involved; ‘Teddy Donaldson and Bill Waterton. Colouring sheets were provide for children with drawings of Meteors to colour and a painting was commissioned from Jack Froelich, one of the Museum’s artists, showing ground crew preparing one of the ‘Star’ Meteors for the record attempt.

Talks by Tangmere

The Museum is able to offer speakers to interested groups or societies on a range of subjects connected with the history of operations at RAF Tangmere and other military aviation subjects.

Further details of the full range of presentations and the availability of speakers can be obtained by calling the museum on 01243 790090, by emailing your interest to or by letter marked for the attention of the Chairman.

Museum Development

The Museum car park has been enlarged and re-laid and audio guides provided with the assistance of LEADER – the European Agricultural Fund for Redevelopment.