The New Gift Shop

Welcome to our newly refurbished Museum Gift Shop where we offer everything from books to clothing, homewares to greetings cards, toys to models and our very own Biggles Tangmere Bear for you to give a lovely home to.

We have a range of unique Tangmere Museum clocks, beautifully designed on composite slate, and our collection of Tangmere clothing includes Fleeces, Hoodies, Polo Shirts and Sweatshirts, complimented by our new range of Baseball Caps, Beanie Hats, and Pom-pom Hats.

We also have Airfix models of some of our very own aircraft housed within the Museum, together with the ever-popular Airfix QuickBuild range of Spitfires, Mustangs, Hawks and Typhoons.

Our collection of book titles covers the history of RAF Tangmere, the people stationed there, the heroic Lysander pilots who flew SOE agents, from Tangmere, into and out of France, and many other titles on the Battle of Britain, the RAF, and the pilots who served their country.


Tangmere – An Authorised History

The first full history of the Royal Air Force Fighter Station at Tangmere by David Coxon and Reginald Byron.

Expertly told with use of official diaries and operations record books by the Museum’s former Archivist and current Director, this is a long-awaited, comprehensive and conclusive account of a fascinating fighter station.

The book is priced at £25.00 but is available in the Shop and Online at the reduced price of £20.00 + £5 p&p (UK addresses)


Tangmere’s Own

Pilots Who Served King and Country from a Sussex Airfield, 1918-1958 by David Coxon and Reginald Byron.

This book brings together fifty-seven portraits-in-words of those who flew from the Royal Air Force fighter station at Tangmere, near Chichester, West Sussex, between its opening as a U. S. Army Air Service training depot in 1918 and the withdrawal of its last RAF air-defence fighter squadron in 1958. Many thousands of men and women, officers and other ranks, passed through its gates in those years. Each, in his or her own way, made a contribution to the work of the station. In this book we particularly remember those who met the enemy in aerial combat in time of war.

£9.00 +£2.00 p&p (UK addresses)

Lysander Pilot

Secret Operations with 161 Squadron by James Atterby McCairns
(Print version now available exclusively through our shop at the Museum.)

James Atterby McCairns tells the story in his own words of his time with No. 161 (Special Duties) Squadron in 1942-43.

Following his escape from Germany with the help of the Belgian Comet organisation, Mac resolved to do what he could to help the Resistance. He made 25 successful Lysander pick-ups, more than any other pilot in the European theatre, and won three DFCs for this vital, top-secret work.

Read about the adventures of this extraordinary man in a new book published by the Museum.

£8.00 +£2.00 p&p (UK addresses)

Mail Order

To order any of the above, please email with your name and address and we will contact you about payment.

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 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.