New Film on RAF Tangmere in the 1930s

June, 2022

A new film on life at RAF Tangmere in the 1930s has been installed in the Museum, featuring Nos 1 and 43 Squadrons.

The film compiled by the Museum’s Pete Pitman is of edited clips from an amateur film by Captain Kenneth Lockwood MBE and is screened courtesy of Screen Archive South East, School of Arts and Media, University of Brighton. Within the 14 minute film is rare footage – some in colour – showing Hawker Furies, Gloster Gladiators and personnel of both squadrons.

It also includes a clip of the 1937 No 1 Squadron Display Team, led by ‘Teddy’ Donaldson, practising for the International Meeting to be held that year at Zurich. This clip is copyright of British Pathé and shown under licence.

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.