Date: 10 Aug 2024 - 10 Aug 2024
Location: Tangmere Aviation Museum

Lightning Day at Tangmere Military Aviation Museum near Chichester, West Sussex.

Please note that you must book in advance via the email address below as space is limited.
Saturday 10th August 2024.

The Tangmere Lightning Day celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the first flight of the English Electric P.1A – forerunner of the mighty Lightning interceptor – in August 1954.

Meet four of its former pilots and hear about their experiences flying the first and last all-British supersonic fighter!

Schedule of Events
10am. Museum opens. Refreshments may be purchased in The Cockpit Café.
The first Lightning talk commences at 10.30am in the Neville Duke Hall, by the main entrance to the car park.
The talks are scheduled to last for 45 minutes to allow about 15 minutes for questions.
10.30 Trevor Macdonald-Bennett - ‘Lightnings in Singapore & Saudi Arabia’
11.30 Ian Black - ‘Last of the Lightnings’
12.30 BREAK - If desired, lunch may be purchased in The Cockpit Café.
2pm Terry Carlton - ‘Ejecting from a Lightning when improperly dressed’
3pm Chris Berners-Price - ‘The Lightning Attack Sequence’
4pm End of Lightning Event
5pm Museum Closes

Please book the talk by emailing

There is no charge for this event other than the standard Museum entrance fee - please see elsewhere on this site for details.

The Museum’s Lightning F.53 is displayed in the Meryl Hansed Memorial Hall and a Lightning Simulator ‘flight’ may be booked at Reception.

Please note that the above talks and events are subject to availability/serviceability