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Based at an airfield that played an important role during the World Wars, this museum spans 80 years of military aviation. There are photographs, documents, aircraft and aircraft parts on display along with a Hurricane replica, prototype Spitfire replica and cockpit simulators. Hangars house a Supermarine Swift, English Electric Lightning and the record-breaking aircraft Meteor and Hunter. Aircraft outside include; Lockheed T33, De Havilland Sea Vixen, McDonnell Douglas Phantom F4, Gloster Meteor, a Westland Wessex helicopter an HS Harrier GR3 and Sea Harrier.

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Tangmere Military Aviation Museum
TANGMERE, Chichester, PO20 2ES
Phone : 01243 790090


  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Wheelchairs available
  • Accessible toilets
Opening Times
  • Opening Times: Open Mar-Oct, daily 10-5; Feb & Nov, daily 10-4.30

About The area

Discover West Sussex

Divided from East Sussex back in 1888, West Sussex is so typically English that to walk through its landscape will feel like a walk through the whole country. Within its boundaries lies a wide variety of landscape and coastal scenery, but it is the spacious and open South Downs with which the county is most closely associated.

In terms of walking, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Studying the map reveals a multitude of routes – many of them to be found within the boundaries of the South Downs National Park – and an assortment of scenic long-distance trails leading towards distant horizons; all of them offer a perfect way to get to the heart of ‘Sussex by the sea,’ as it has long been known. If you enjoy cycling with the salty tang of the sea for company, try the ride between Chichester and West Wittering. You can vary the return journey by taking the Itchenor ferry to Bosham. 

West Sussex is renowned for its many pretty towns, of course. Notably, there is Arundel, littered with period buildings and dominated by the castle, the family home of the Duke of Norfolk, that dates back nearly 1,000 years.

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