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SPITFIRE MK VB REPLICA

April, 2013

On 3rd August 2012, we reported that an inspection of our replica Spitfire Mk VB BL924 had revealed age-related structural problems and that an assessment of the necessary restoration work was under way.  This examination indicated damage beyond the Museum’s ability to repair.

At about the same time, it was discovered that the Spitfire Society was seeking a Spitfire replica for mobile display purposes and possessed the required facilities and expertise fully to restore BL924.   Therefore, and in view of the Society’s undertaking to retain her existing livery as a memorial to Danish pilot Axel Svendsen of No 234 Squadron who was shot down and killed whilst flying Spitfire BL924 from RAF Tangmere in 1942, a change of ownership was agreed by the Museum and she was collected by the Society on 25th April.

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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