Closed Period Museum Improvements

March, 2021

During this year’s extended closed period the Simulator and Projects team of Pete Pitman and Kieran Wisely have not been idle, working on a number of improvements to enhance the visitor experience for when the Museum re-opens, hopefully in mid-May.

These improvements include updating electronics in the Bomber Command and relocated 617 Squadron exhibitions with new control boxes and installing pencil thin lights. With the assistance of the Museum’s maintenance team a new touchscreen, designed by Pete Pitman, has been installed in the Merston Hall SOE exhibition adjacent to the Special Duties full size Lysander replica. The touchscreen shows detail of each of the 34 pick-up operations (25 of which were successful) Jimmy ‘Mac’ McCairns flew from RAF Tangmere in 1943. Another section within the touchscreen records the story of Lysander V9822 (MA-E) ‘Mac’ flew on most of his missions.

The team have also turned their attention to the Lightning fast jet aircraft, installing the latest versions of Prepar3D and ORBX ground scenery software on the Lightning cockpit simulator and making a new film on the ‘Development of the Lightning’ to be shown on a screen adjacent to the Museum’s English Electric Lightning F53 aircraft.

Photos: TMAM/Pete Pitman

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.