The Museum Grounds

Static Display Aircraft

Six of the Museum’s historic aircraft can be viewed in the grounds:
Phantom FGR2, Sea Vixen FAW2, Meteor F8, Wessex HU5, Harrier GR3 and the Vampire T11 (currently undergoing refurbishment in the conservation area adjacent to the car park).

The Air Raid Experience

Part of an old WW2 air raid shelter recovered from the old Tangmere airfield provides visitors with the opportunity to see how such facilities and their adjoining blast walls were constructed and to experience an ‘air raid on Tangmere’ with full sound effects. Not for the faint-hearted.

Pickett Hamilton Fort

Such ‘forts’ were pillboxes placed on military airfields in late 1940 alongside runways. Manned by three men with a machine gun they were designed to rise out of the ground and surprise attacking enemy paratroopers landing on the airfield.

Memorial Garden

The Memorial Garden is a place for quiet reflection. Over 200 people are remembered via individual plaques, many of which are accompanied by a rose bush, garden seat or other feature. Museum volunteers are represented together with Service personnel and others associated with RAF Tangmere. “They shall grow not old.”

Picnic Area

A grassed area with picnic benches is available for use immediately in front of the Museum’s main entrance.

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.