Harriers and the 69 Air Race

March, 2019

This Easter, the Museum will mount a temporary exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the Daily Mail newspaper sponsored 1969 Transatlantic Air Race in the Museum’s cinema between Saturday 20 April and Wednesday 31 July. Please note that the exhibition will NOT be available on Saturday 4 May as the cinema will be used by exhibitors at the Scale Model Show.

The race was divided into a number of categories and the exhibition will focus on the subsonic jet aircraft category and in particular the performance of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR1 aircraft, then new to the RAF. Two Harriers took part in the race and the Museum is proud to own one of them, XV744.

In addition to information display boards about the race there will be a film which the Museum has produced using footage of the Harriers in the race flown by Tom Lecky-Thompson and Graham Williams who will be in attendance to open the exhibition on the 20 April. See Air Race Pilots to Open Exhibition for more details.

Entrance to the exhibition is included in the normal museum entry charge.

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 Director.

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.