72 (R) Squadron Centenary Flypast

July, 2017

On 27 June No 72 (Reserve) Squadron celebrated its centenary with a nationwide Grand Flypast overflying the airfields the Squadron had operated from during the past 100 years.   The Squadron was based at RAF Tangmere from 1937 until 1939 flying the Gloster Gladiator.   Converting to the Spitfire in 1939, the Squadron participated in the Battle of Britain.

The Tangmere Military Aviation Museum hosted a gathering of current and former 72 Squadron personnel to witness the flypast over the former RAF Tangmere.   Leading the guests was former 72 Squadron Spitfire pilot, Wing Commander Owen Hardy DFC.

After watching the flypast, Owen toured the museum with his great grandson Harvey and later visited the Boultbee Spitfire Academy at Goodwood aerodrome, to tour the Boultbee Hangar and to introduce young Harvey to what it feels like to fly a Spitfire.

Click HERE to read a report on Owen Hardy’s Spitfire flight

Main photo: The centenary flypast of No 72 (R)  Squadron Tucano aircraft over Tangmere.

Bottom left: Personnel from No 72 Squadron at Tangmere.

Botton right: Owen Hardy in the cockpit of a Boultbee Academy Spitfire at Goodwood.

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.