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Meteor World Speed Record Event a Great Success

September, 2006

On Sunday Sept 3rd a unique gathering took place at the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum. Over 40 ex Meteor pilots assembled to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Group Captain Teddy Donaldson’s world air speed record, achieved flying Meteor Mk 4 EE 549 out of Tangmere on Sept 7th 1946. In that short flight Donaldson raised the world air speed record to 616 mph and EE549 remains on display at the Museum to this day.

It was an occasion for old friends to meet – some had not seen each other for 40 years – and many a tale of Meteor flying in the 40s, 50s and 60s was exchanged. Members of the public attending were able to meet and chat to the gathered pilots, many of whom are shown here on the group picture taken in front of EE549. As well as this the Museum had a Meteor cockpit open for members of the public to sit in.

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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