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Realjambo
08-06-2007, 04:54 PM
Today I took the family Jambo to Tangmere RAF Museum just outside Chichester, on the South Coast of the UK. It's only a 40 minute drive and somewhere I've always wanted to go and today we finally got round to it. If you are interested in WW2 aviation bear with me, this may take a while!

RAF Tangmere was a very busy and key station during WW2 on the South Coast of England, situated between Portsmouth and Brighton, but was also active much later after the war. Although much of the airfield has given way to new housing developments, a Museum remains, which receives no Government funding, yet houses an absolute treasure trove of aircraft, uniforms, memorabilia and personal stories of triumph and loss. Having been today, I wish I had visited sooner.

We arrived at opening time to see an elderly Museum member of staff running the flags up, UK, USA, Canada, and many more. As we walked over I asked him "You run those up every day?" to which he proudly informed that he did and that every evening he ran them down again. This seemed to set the tone for our complete visit.

Once inside we were greeted by another elderly gentleman who was keen to explain where the hangars were, what we could see there and also the themed rooms they have to offer, such as D-Day, the Blitz and the often unseen support services such as the WAAF. It was only then that the penny dropped' these gentleman were all ex-flyers from that era!

I asked if I could take photo's, and I was politely told I could photo the aircraft, but to respect the other areas of the museum, given the many very personal items such as medals, photographs, commendations and letters which I absolutely respected and understood. Eisenhower landed here, the Queen has been here, and they display on the wall a framed US Stealth Bomber picture signed by the crewand support staff wishing the Museum all the best.

One exhibit you won't see in my photo's took my breath away and is difficult to put into words to do it justice. On first impressions, it looks like a tangled piece of metal. On closer inspection it becomes the cockpit of a British Fighter. It was dredged up after it was shot down. They have incedibly managed to piece together a vast amount of twisted and broken metal to reconstuct the airframe as best they could. You have before you a skeltal cockpit. The seat is remarkably intact. I'm 33 years of age with two young boys under 3 years old. The pilot of this aircraft who lost his life was just 20 and here I am staring into his cockpit.

I took over 60 photo's, so I will post some in batches. These are from outside exhibits.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere13.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere12.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere16.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere14.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere17.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere18.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere110.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere112.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere114.jpg
The Heir to the Jambo fortune (and a future Moderator! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere11.jpg

More tomorrow - A prototype Spitfire, A world record breaking Meteor, Martin Baker ejection seats to name a few.

Realjambo
08-06-2007, 04:54 PM
Today I took the family Jambo to Tangmere RAF Museum just outside Chichester, on the South Coast of the UK. It's only a 40 minute drive and somewhere I've always wanted to go and today we finally got round to it. If you are interested in WW2 aviation bear with me, this may take a while!

RAF Tangmere was a very busy and key station during WW2 on the South Coast of England, situated between Portsmouth and Brighton, but was also active much later after the war. Although much of the airfield has given way to new housing developments, a Museum remains, which receives no Government funding, yet houses an absolute treasure trove of aircraft, uniforms, memorabilia and personal stories of triumph and loss. Having been today, I wish I had visited sooner.

We arrived at opening time to see an elderly Museum member of staff running the flags up, UK, USA, Canada, and many more. As we walked over I asked him "You run those up every day?" to which he proudly informed that he did and that every evening he ran them down again. This seemed to set the tone for our complete visit.

Once inside we were greeted by another elderly gentleman who was keen to explain where the hangars were, what we could see there and also the themed rooms they have to offer, such as D-Day, the Blitz and the often unseen support services such as the WAAF. It was only then that the penny dropped' these gentleman were all ex-flyers from that era!

I asked if I could take photo's, and I was politely told I could photo the aircraft, but to respect the other areas of the museum, given the many very personal items such as medals, photographs, commendations and letters which I absolutely respected and understood. Eisenhower landed here, the Queen has been here, and they display on the wall a framed US Stealth Bomber picture signed by the crewand support staff wishing the Museum all the best.

One exhibit you won't see in my photo's took my breath away and is difficult to put into words to do it justice. On first impressions, it looks like a tangled piece of metal. On closer inspection it becomes the cockpit of a British Fighter. It was dredged up after it was shot down. They have incedibly managed to piece together a vast amount of twisted and broken metal to reconstuct the airframe as best they could. You have before you a skeltal cockpit. The seat is remarkably intact. I'm 33 years of age with two young boys under 3 years old. The pilot of this aircraft who lost his life was just 20 and here I am staring into his cockpit.

I took over 60 photo's, so I will post some in batches. These are from outside exhibits.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere13.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere12.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere16.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere14.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere17.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere18.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere110.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere112.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere114.jpg
The Heir to the Jambo fortune (and a future Moderator! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere11.jpg

More tomorrow - A prototype Spitfire, A world record breaking Meteor, Martin Baker ejection seats to name a few.

tambor198
08-06-2007, 05:58 PM
Nice pics, RJ. Thanks for sharing them. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif



tambor198 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

lane2512
08-06-2007, 06:10 PM
Thanks RJ.....great pics.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

(now where are the rest!? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif)

VikingGrandad
08-06-2007, 06:36 PM
Great pics RJ - and good UK weather for once! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I'm not into post-WW2 military equipment so much, but I do have a soft spot for the F-4 Phantom... has kind of a mean look to it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I look forward to seeing the rest of your photos http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


EDIT - this reminds me, I never finished posting the rest of my RAF Elvington photos...

VikingGrandad
08-06-2007, 06:52 PM
Just found this... Tangmere has its own active fighter squadron! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

http://www.tangmerepilots.co.uk/

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Goose_Green
08-06-2007, 09:58 PM
Thanks for posting RJ http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Gonna have to look up that museum for a possible visit some time.

@VG - The Phantom is my all time fav too http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

AtlantikEel
08-06-2007, 10:24 PM
Thanks for posting these pics RJ. I look forward to seeing more in the coming days.
Tangmere is definitely on my vacation dreamlist.

With Storm of War: Battle of Britain (supposedly) due for release at the end of this month, it will be interesting to see how Oleg Maddox and company have modelled Tangmere.

Realjambo
08-06-2007, 11:37 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere115.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere116.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere117.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere118.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere119.jpg

Spitfire Prototype:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere121.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere122.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere123.jpg

...More to follow!....

tuddley3
08-07-2007, 12:36 AM
Wow, those letters to the families were really touching, hard to imagine actually getting something like those in the mailbox.

Also, I can't believe how big your eldest son is getting, he is looking more and more like his Dad.(Handsome of course) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Realjambo
08-07-2007, 12:56 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by VikingGrandad:
Just found this... Tangmere has its own active fighter squadron! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

http://www.tangmerepilots.co.uk/

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Good find VG!

@ Tuddley - Thanks for the compliment! but put I my sons good looks purely down to his Mum! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere120-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere121-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere122-1.jpg


Hurricane
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere124-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere127.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere128.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere129.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere130.jpg

More to follow...

Celeon999
08-07-2007, 01:52 AM
Great pics http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Messervy
08-07-2007, 05:28 AM
Thanks RJ! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I like the idea of the floor on the first Spitfire picture.

geoffwessex
08-07-2007, 07:13 AM
Well done, RJ - I never went into Tangmere, but always felt a sense of pride as we went past on the A27. I'm fairly sure there used to be a Spitfire on display at the gate for many years. My brother served there, in a way - some part of it became the West Sussex Fire Brigade Training Area and he went along there often to do various things.

For many years after the wear, Tangmere also housed what was known as the "Special Communications Unit" of the Royal Navy - radio operator/linguists.

And nice to see the old Sea Vixen there, too (the twin-boom-fuselage job with the offset cockpit). They served in the RN for many years, though I'd imagine it was like flying a London bus. The Phantoms took over from them in the mid-60s.

mariuszj1939
08-07-2007, 07:20 AM
Thank you RJ http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

Realjambo
08-07-2007, 09:42 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere131.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere133.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere132.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere134.jpg

A dress made from the escape maps printed on silk used by the British Aircrew (the maps - not the dresses!)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere135.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere136.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere137.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere138.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere139.jpg
More to come!

lane2512
08-07-2007, 09:50 AM
Very nice RJ......love the Meteor shots....

The pilot must have thought he had stepped into another dimension when he first took her up...

Keep em coming!

Realjambo
08-07-2007, 10:01 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">And nice to see the old Sea Vixen there, too (the twin-boom-fuselage job with the offset cockpit) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

@ Geoffwessex - I meant to ask, do you know why the cockpit was offset?

Realjambo
08-07-2007, 10:09 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Keep em coming! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Oh there's more lane, don't fear! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

OpiesEye
08-07-2007, 10:20 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif Thanks for sharing. great pics. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

HW3
08-07-2007, 12:09 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">@ Geoffwessex - I meant to ask, do you know why the cockpit was offset? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

From Wikipedia
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">The pilot's canopy is offset to the left hand side. The other crew member (the navigator) was housed to the right completely within the fuselage, gaining access through a flush-fitting top hatch into his space (known in the service as the "coal hole") which had a small window. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Raptor22ADF
08-07-2007, 12:14 PM
Love the Gloster Meteor pics; have any cockpit shots?

Deepbluewolf
08-07-2007, 12:22 PM
I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with Air Museums....

LOVE the Old Ladies, Hate the Museums.....they wont let me fly anything in there... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif

It's like being in a candy shop with no money on my pocket... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif

PS- trully great Pics RJ http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

andy3536
08-07-2007, 01:03 PM
Very nice pics RJ, keep them coming!

Kaleun1961
08-07-2007, 01:09 PM
Dang! I have to get back to the UK for another visit. It's been a while since I last went, but I simply love the museums over there. My favourite, of course, is the Mecca of WW2 buffs, the Imperial War Museum. I've also been to the tank museum at Bovington and also the Fleet Air Arm museum at Yeovilton. My wife is going home for a visit in September; I should try to tag along.

Nice pics; thanks for sharing them. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Realjambo
08-07-2007, 02:42 PM
Thanks everyone - There's more!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere140.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere141.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere145.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere142.jpg

Martin Baker ejector seats and the Lightning next... Photobucket is being very slow!

doug.d
08-07-2007, 02:55 PM
I've flown a Hawker Hunter and driven a Ferrari.......... so the Ferrari red Hawker Hunter will do me just fine thanks! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

hueywolf123
08-07-2007, 04:00 PM
Amazing pics RJ, thanks for sharing them http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

FliegenderFisch
08-07-2007, 04:27 PM
have you made a pic of the me-109 wreck? at my visit 12 years ago, there was a messerschmidt wreck shown. shot down near the airfield...

geoffwessex
08-07-2007, 05:53 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Realjambo:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">And nice to see the old Sea Vixen there, too (the twin-boom-fuselage job with the offset cockpit) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

@ Geoffwessex - I meant to ask, do you know why the cockpit was offset? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Good question! The avionics and navigation equipment were stowed to the right and below the pilot - no room further back because of the small cockpit, with almost no 'fuselage', as such, because the engine and thrusters were there, so it could be neither a 'tandem' nor a 'two-seater' arrangement. The Navigator couldn't actually see out of the aircraft! They called the Navigator's access hatch the "coal hole".


Would the red Hunter have been one of the Red Arrows? I know they used them before the Gnat, which was before the Hawk.

geoffwessex
08-07-2007, 06:10 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Kaleun1961:
Dang! I have to get back to the UK for another visit. It's been a while since I last went, but I simply love the museums over there. My favourite, of course, is the Mecca of WW2 buffs, the Imperial War Museum. I've also been to the tank museum at Bovington and also the Fleet Air Arm museum at Yeovilton. My wife is going home for a visit in September; I should try to tag along.

Nice pics; thanks for sharing them. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

If you're down Portsmouth way, Kaleun 1961, you could try the Royal Naval Museum (http://www.royalnavalmuseum.org/), HMS Victory (http://www.hms-victory.com/) and the Mary Rose (http://www.maryrose.org/) (all inside the Naval Dockyard), and HMS Warrior (http://www.hmswarrior.org/) just outside the dockyard, near the Harbour railway station).

Additionally, take the little ferry from beside the harbour station to Gosport and you can go to the RN Submarine Museum (http://www.rnsubmus.co.uk)

VikingGrandad
08-07-2007, 06:25 PM
And for real indulgence (at a price!) you could make a visit to 'Bomber County' - treat yourself to a ride up and down the runway in a Lancaster at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre:

http://www.lincsaviation.co.uk/

See (and hear) 'Just Jane' in action! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OVb-UG8yJw&feature=Play...95E60F8AB2C&index=25 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OVb-UG8yJw&feature=PlayList&p=D2DB595E60F8AB2C&index=25)

I was going to see her first tail-up run since her restoration, but the recent floods and wet weather in the UK meant it was canceled http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif


EDIT - here's an even better video of 'Just Jane' (with footage from the interior too)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGoecJ2v9Ko

AtlantikEel
08-07-2007, 07:25 PM
Good photography RJ, on all shots.
I especially liked the Hurricane Mk.I.

Here in Alberta, the Reynold's Museum in Wetaskiwin has a Hurricane with eight .303 MG and four 20 mm cannon, as seen in Maddox Games' IL2 Sturmovik. I'll post pics if anyone wishes to see them.

Realjambo
08-08-2007, 10:09 AM
Some more, nearly done now...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere146.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere147.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere148.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere149.jpg

The Lightning, undergoing refurbishment works. I was surprised at just how big this aircraft was, stood beside it the fuselage towers up above you, and I'm 6ft tall!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere150.jpg

Celeon999
08-08-2007, 10:18 AM
That De Havilland seat looks like a real torture for back and butt. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Realjambo
08-08-2007, 10:35 AM
And the last few...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere151.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere152.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere153.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere154.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere155.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere157.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere156.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere158.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere159.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere160.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere162.jpg

Finally, I'll leave you with a photo of the flag's I mentioned in my opening post that they proudly run up every morning.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Tangmere163.jpg

VikingGrandad
08-08-2007, 11:09 AM
@RJ - so you had a choice between a top of the range Mondeo or Passat, and you went for a second-hand maroon Fiesta?! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

WilhelmSchulz.
08-08-2007, 11:25 AM
Verry cool RJ.

Realjambo
08-08-2007, 11:30 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">@RJ - so you had a choice between a top of the range Mondeo or Passat, and you went for a second-hand maroon Fiesta?! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

That Fiesta is NOT mine I swear! Besides, we took Mrs. Jambo's Picasso that day! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Flamewagon
08-08-2007, 02:01 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Realjambo:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">@RJ - so you had a choice between a top of the range Mondeo or Passat, and you went for a second-hand maroon Fiesta?! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

That Fiesta is NOT mine I swear! Besides, we took Mrs. Jambo's Picasso that day! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hey RJ, Have you ever been to Duxford Imperial War Museum. I used to live about 2 miles from there with my parents and we'd often get a free viewing of the planes flying over on display days, being so close though we hardly ever visited the place, always putting it off for another day. You used to be able to picnic on the surrounding lanes but the owners and police cottoned on the fact that you were getting a free viewing and blocked the roads!

DeerHunterUK
08-10-2007, 05:48 AM
RJ, I'm glad you had a great day at Tangmere. For us it's our spiritual home but it does make me sad with all the land that has vanished in and around the old airfield (now the museum). I think the Lightning was brought in from outside where it sat for many years. The last time I saw her, she was in a very sorry state. I'm glad she's being restored though, she deserves it.
It's nice to see Tangmere Pilots getting a mention here, kudos to you VikingGrandad. We're a bunch of guys who fly the rather excellent IL-2 Forgotten Battles simulator (another UBI product). We even have our own unofficial wives and girlfriends section called Tangmere Widows. If anyone would like to find out more about us or would just like to say hi or maybe even join us if you have the game, our guest forum can be found here;
Tangmere Forum (http://www.tangmerepilots.co.uk/forum/)

Our website is currently having a major face lift (I'm talking Joan Collins-esque here) at the moment but if you'd like to have a look around, you're more than welcome to.

FliegenderFisch
08-10-2007, 10:14 AM
thanks for the answer...

Realjambo
08-10-2007, 10:18 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by FliegenderFisch:
have you made a pic of the me-109 wreck? at my visit 12 years ago, there was a messerschmidt wreck shown. shot down near the airfield... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

My apologies FliegenderFisch, Your question slipped through the net this end http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

The ME-109 wreck wasn't there, at least if it was I missed it. A shame though as I would have liked to have seen it.

doug.d
08-12-2007, 03:03 PM
Great thread RJ! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif You've inspired me to take a trip to our SA war museum with my digital happy-snap camera. It'll take me a few days to make sense of the pics and then I'll post a similar thread. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Realjambo
08-12-2007, 03:09 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by doug.d:
Great thread RJ! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif You've inspired me to take a trip to our SA war museum with my digital happy-snap camera. It'll take me a few days to make sense of the pics and then I'll post a similar thread. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I look forward to seeing them Doug! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif