“1946 Speed Record Attempt” Exhibition

April, 2021

In the summer of 1946 the RAF High Speed Flight was reformed and arrived at RAF Tangmere to make an attempt on the World Airspeed Record. This exhibition marks 75 years since the attempt and covers the history of the RAF High Speed Flight, the personnel involved including the pilots chosen to make the record attempt, ‘Teddy Donaldson and Bill Waterton and the aircraft involved in the story of the flight’s success in the late summer of 1946.

The exhibition also includes films illustrating the World Record attempt and the development of Britain’s first jet fighter, the Gloster Meteor.

The ‘1946 Record Attempt’ exhibition runs from the 1 September until the end of November 2021.

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.