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Tangmere 90 – A great success

August, 2008

Under hot sunny skies the Museum held its TANGMERE 90 special event to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the RAF and of Tangmere as a military airfield on Sunday July 27th. Over 550 people attended on the day and enjoyed the many features that were on offer. Central amongst these were a flying display by the BBMF Spitfire 9e, newly painted in overall silver and flown by Squadron Leader Al Pinner, the boss of the Flight and also an excellent demonstration of the Harvard from Goodwood flown by Dieter Sinanan.
Photos from the day can be viewed here.

Re-enactment artists in WW2 period costume mingled with the crowds and added to the ambience of the occasion, as did the excellent band Play it Again Sam who provided music of the period. As well as all the Museum’s normal attractions there was an aviation art exhibition, military vehicles, the RAF recruitment and information team and a variety of stalls. The cockpits of the Sea Vixen, Sea Harrier, Wessex helicopter and T33 were open and in constant demand, as was the Museum’s Hunter cockpit and flight simulators. The cadets of 45f Worthing Squadron ATC provided invaluable assistance on the day and the Museum is especially grateful to all who took part.

Museum President, Duncan Simpson attended as did Peter Twiss, the first man to fly faster than 1000 mph.

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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