On the 4 August, some six hundred visitors attended our annual summer event, the theme this year being ‘Tangmere’s Tribute to the Record Breakers’.
In addition to a wide variety of attractions, a film of record-breaking flight was shown in the cinema and an excellent audio visual presentation on the 1953 record breakers compiled and presented by Pete Pitman was repeated in the Neville Duke Hall on four occasions during the day.
At noon, the Museum’s newly acquired Hawker Siddeley GR3 Harrier XV744 was unveiled by our President, Duncan Simpson, who, as Hawkers’ Chief Test Pilot was largely responsible for the introduction of the Harrier into RAF service. The occasion also saw the official launch of the Museum’s book ‘Tangmere – Famous Royal Air Force Fighter Station’’ authored by our archivist and editor of ‘Tangmere Logbook’, Dr Reg Byron, and curator, David Coxon. Both were on hand for book signings.
Among our specially invited guests this year were Emma Richey, daughter of Paul Richey, who flew Furies and Hurricanes at Tangmere with 1 Squadron from 1937 to 1939; Clare Hulton, granddaughter of H.R. (‘Dizzy’) Allen, OC No. 1 at Tangmere in 1946; and the children of JimmyBeedle, who served with No. 43 Squadron from 1939 to 1947 and was the founder and first Chairman of the Museum.
Other entertainment included contemporary music provided by Angel Radio, drill demonstrations by the Chichester Squadron of the Air Training Corps and a first-class flying display by a Boultbee Flight Academy T6 Harvard aircraft. A flypast by one of Boultbee’s Spitfires completed a most successful day.
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