Museum Aircraft

Prototype Spitfire

In 1983, the renowned Spitfire test pilot, Jeffrey Quill, decided that the contribution to military aviation by the designer R J Mitchell had never truly been recognised. Accordingly, a group comprising Quill, Dr Gordon Mitchell (RJ’s son) and members of the original design team joined forces with the Spitfire Society and decided to sponsor a full size replica of Spitfire prototype K5054 (the original having been destroyed in the late 1930s). Fund-raising began and a partnership was forged with Aerofab Restorations of Andover who would construct the aircraft. The result of these endeavours was unveiled at the RAF Museum in May 1993 when Quill was able to report that the replica is “99% the original prototype”.

Previously on long term loan, K5054 was presented as a gift to the Museum in April 2013 by the Spitfire Society.

Talks by Tangmere

The Museum is pleased to be 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.

The presentations are usually given as an audio/visual presentation using the Museum's equipment. Our presentations can be tailored to suit audiences ranging from specialist societies to community based groups and range in length from 40 to 90 minutes depending on the subject matter.

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.