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SE 5a Cockpit Replica Project

September, 2013

The Royal Aircraft Factory SE 5a scout was one of the most successful British fighter aircraft of the First World War and was one of the first aircraft to fly from the newly constructed RAF Tangmere in 1918 when No 92 Squadron trained on the airfield before leaving for France and the Western Front.

Earlier this year, the Museum decided that one of our activities to remember the centenary of the start of the First World War next year should be the construction of an SE 5a cockpit replica.  In July, the RAF Museum allowed us access to their complete SE 5a to enable measurements and photographs to be taken; from these, Bob Goodrick, the Museum’s lead engineer on the project, produced computer drawings and commenced work constructing the wooden cockpit section.

The project is intended to produce an accurate representation of the SE5a cockpit for visitors to sit in, complete with flight instruments, controls, Vickers and Lewis machine guns and gun sight.  To this end, Bob Goodrick is being assisted by Simon Fielder and Colin Lyle who will be covering the replica with fabric.

Main picture: The SE 5a cockpit replica under construction at Tangmere.

Bottom left: Team member Colin Lyle working on the wing centre section.

Bottom right: Team leader Bob Goodrick (left) and Museum General Manager & Chief Engineer  Phil Stokes measuring up a real SE 5a in the RAF Museum’s Grahame-White Factory building.

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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