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50 Years On

December, 2006

The Meryl Hansed Memorial Hall houses two aircraft, our Lightning F53 and a beautifully restored Hawker Hunter Mk 5, WP190. This Hunter served in No 1 squadron and participated in the Suez campaign in August 1956 – 50 years ago. It is displayed in the yellow and black stripes used at the time and carries the name of one of its pilots Harry Irving under the cockpit. It was therefore a great pleasure for us to receive a visit from Harry during November and our pictures show him back in the cockpit 50 years on and flying the Hunter programme on our Flight Simulator. Harry told us it was difficult for him to believe that 50 years previously he was flying that very same aircraft at 700 mph over hostile territory!

For more details of WP190 see the ‘Aircraft‘ section.

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 director@tangmere-museum.org.uk or by letter marked for the attention of the Director.

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