Tangmere and Fort Nelson Visits

A double dose of military might awaited participants on the latest 1020 coach trip which visited the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum near Chichester and Fort Nelson Royal Armouries at Fareham.

After a congestion free journey the coach deposited everyone at Tangmere where the relatively small but information packed museum features a display of aircraft and aviation memorabilia along with individual displays about the Battle of Britain, the Dambusters, the Home Front, Women in the War and the Special Operations Executive.

As well as viewing the many and varied exhibits several members took up the challenge of trying their hand in a Lightening flight simulator while others chatted with some of the many volunteers, a group of whom are currently restoring a Vampire aircraft.

Following lunch in the NAFFI it was back on the coach for the short journey to Fort Nelson near Fareham, home to part of the Royal Armouries collection featuring over 350 guns, from medieval siege machines to modern day superguns.

The displays also tell the history of the fort, the reason it was built (too keep the French out) and its part in the Second World War (to keep the Germans out).

Further coach trips are planned for 2020.