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“A gem”

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Tangmere
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 27 September 2012

Being a bit of an aviation fan and having time to spare from a job in Chichester I thought I'd pop into Tangmere. Of course, this was one of the great Battle of Britain airfields, ranking with places like Biggin Hill, Kenley, Detling and West Malling. Like all except Biggin Hill, Tangmere has long since shut, the last vestiges of RAF presence ending in 1970 and the last echo of a jet engine from the RAF's High Speed Flight, fading over a decade before.

The museum has brought new life to the site. Housed in buildings that once formed part of the station, it is home to a good range of aircraft, from a reconstruction of the Spitfire prototype to some interesting jets, displayed both indoors and outside.

But it is the history of Tangere, woven from artefacts and photographs and set around the set-piece aircraft, that make this a particularly interesting and engaging museum. The human interest stories abound, telling the story of the Battle of Britain that raged above and around Sussex. A lot of care has gone into making the displays both captivating and interactive. Like many such museums, some exhibits have that naive, almost amateur touch that seems to make them even more winsome. However, the visitor is constantly surprised by the push-buttons that bring life to the exhibits through movement, light and sound. There is enough to keep even the most casual visitor occupied for a couple of hours.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is the number of flight simulators that visitors can experience, none more impressive than to be able to sit in a real Lighting cockpit and pilot it on a sortie along the South Coast.

The entrance fee is rather higher than equivalent museums at Hawkinge, Brenzett and Manston but it really is worth every penny.

Thank John V
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

defintily recommend all air or war enthuisiasts visit this place, entrance fee not too high, but the things to see are brilliant. the staff were soooo friendly, and the free simulator pilot experience was excellent. show you the controls and you get to fly the plane, was very impressed. the rememberance garden was very moving and very beautiful. we would visit again.

Thank Donna T
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

Found a sign saying that Aviation musem 3 miles away so with a couple of hours to kill we went
This is the most under advertised museum in UK
Its so much part of the Battle of Britain and so much history there
It seem to be run by a taem of devoted enthusiasts who were fantastic and so knowledgeable
I flew a simulator and crashed I saw 2 spitfires and so many other items from the RAF upsetting area is the poets corner that really got to me
We left very proud as both our Fathers were in The RAF
Thanks to all

Thank Harrygd2002
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

Tangmere was a base for fighter aircraft during WWII, not much remains of the original buildings, but it has a collection of aircraft inside and outside, and a very interesting museum, manned by very knowledgeable staff, I believe that the staff are mostly ex-military people, willing to answer any questions you might have.

Thank Carey J
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Reviewed 10 August 2012

We stopped here purely because our ten month old was getting grumpy on a journey from Sussex to Wiltshire. There are a few planes in the front by the car park which sucked us into the museum itself. Wow - what an amazing place. It's much bigger than it looks, and is both fascinating and moving. It gives a complete picture of life during the war, and has some great simulators - worth the entry price on their own.

We had a sit down and a cuppa in the cafe whilst our baby slept in her buggy, and this was very reasonably priced. We also looked round the small memorial garden which was very moving.

I liked the fact that the museum seems to be run entirely older people ( I suspect ex military personnel). If you like technology or history, or you have kids that would enjoy simulators, give it a try.

Thank Ra245
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