Museum Aircraft

Gloster Meteor F8

The Meteor F8 reigned supreme between 1949 and 1954 as the RAF’s principal single-seat day fighter aircraft, equipping 30 front line squadrons.

The Museum’s F8 is a hybrid of at least two aircraft. WA829 was delivered to No 245 Squadron at RAF Horsham St Faith in late 1950 as one of 16 aircraft fitted with flight refuelling probes to conduct operational refuelling trials. This role continued until 245 Squadron’s Meteors were phased out in 1957.

Meanwhile, an F8 originally on No 19 Squadron’s establishment, WA 984, had been cannibalised to provide spares for the Meteor U Mk16 drone programme. Major components of this latter aircraft were used in the post-Service restoration of WA829.

The aircraft now bears VZ440, the serial of the RAF’s first F8 delivered to No 43 Squadron in August 1949.

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.