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Tangmere’s Meteor F8 Leaves For Yorkshire

May, 2022

The Museum’s Meteor F8 left for Yorkshire on 12 May. The aircraft (WA829) is a hybrid of at least two Meteors. WA829 was delivered to No 245 Squadron at RAF Horsham St Faith in late 1950 as one of 16 aircraft fitted with flight refuelling probes to conduct operational refuelling trials.

This role continued until No 245 Squadron’s Meteors were phased out in 1957. During the post service restoration it in known that WA984, an F8 originally on No 19 Squadron’s establishment, was cannibalised to provide spares and major components used in WA829’s post service restoration.

Following an engineering safety survey last year, major corrosion was found in the WA829’s airframe and the Museum decided that in order to preserve the aircraft it should be transferred to another accredited museum with the facilities to return it to a safe display condition. The aircraft has been transferred to the ownership of the Yorkshire Air Museum.

Photo: Hugh Trevor

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 chairman@tangmere-museum.org.uk 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.

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