Its our big event of the year! Tangmere 90 celebrates the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Air Force. It also commemorates the establishment of Tangmere as a military airfield.
British military flying formally commenced in 1912 with the founding of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) from which a separate unit – the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) – broke away just prior to the commencement of WW1. By the start of WW1 there were a little over 100 British military aircraft in service, fewer than half the number in the German Air Service. The importance of the aircraft in modern warfare rapidly became clear and both sides pushed through urgent programmes of aircraft manufacture to replace losses and expand capability. By the end of the war the RAF’s total aircraft establishment exceeded 4000. The momentous decision to combine the RFC and the RNAS into a new service to be called the Royal Air Force (RAF) was finally enacted on April 1st 1918.
Tangmere 90, which will take place on Sunday July 27th, will include flying displays by a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire and also by a Harvard. Several cockpits of Museum aircraft will be opened for viewing and visitors will also be able to enjoy an aviation art exhibition, a band playing music from the wartime period, displays of historic RAF vehicles, various stalls and exhibits plus all the usual Museum attractions. Gates open at 10am and close at 5.30pm. Entry will be £7 per adult and accompanied under 16s are free. Car parking is free. Make sure you keep the day clear and come and join us for what we hope will be a memorable day.