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Aircraft of the Month

March, 2007

Aircraft of the Month is one of the most popular features on our website and this month we start a series on some of the important types that have operated from Tangmere during the airfield’s illustrious history. In the first of the new series we take a look at the Westland Lysander, whose shadowy outline was regularly seen climbing away from Tangmere’s unlit runways on moonlit nights carrying SOE agents and their equipment to fields in occupied Europe – a flight that for all was the start of an adventure and for some was, sadly, a one way trip.

Their bravery is celebrated in a special exhibition in the Museum with many fascinating artefacts including suitcase radios, weapons and escape equipment, pictures of some of the ‘black Lysander’ pilots and an actual map used by one of them on such a mission showing his track lines, time and distance calculations and flight notes.

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 director@tangmere-museum.org.uk 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.

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