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aircraft hall closure may 2021

For the first time in more than 30 years, our Aircraft Hall will be temporarily closed to visitors while we implement a major upgrade to our lighting system. The video above gives a brief overview of the details below.

All of the old 1980s-era incandescent lights and more than 4 kilometres of electrical cabling will be removed, and replaced with modern LED lights. Not only will the new LEDs be more energy efficient, but they will also be more easily controlled, enabling us to make some enhancements to the way in which visitors experience the aircraft within that space.

During this time, we are also taking the opportunity to refresh our aircraft display, which has remained in essentially the same configuration since the Museum first opened in 1987. When the space reopens at the end of May, regular visitors will notice some significant changes to the layout which we hope will enable you to engage with our collection in new ways (you may even see something new!).

We appreciate that the closure of this gallery may be frustrating, and we do sincerely apologise for any inconvenience. However, these essential works are the first steps to a revitalised Aircraft Hall, which will improve our visitor experience and help us better share the stories of our Air Force.

Please note that Behind the Scenes tours will continue to run during this period, with the Reserve Collection and Conservation Workshops being accessed via an alternative route.

 

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Harvard NZ1087 being lifted off its plinth for the first time since it was installed in 1987. 3 May 2021. Image: Air Force Museum of New Zealand.
Dakota NZ3551 being wheeled out of the Aircraft Hall for the first time in more than 30 years. 3 May 2021. Image: Air Force Museum of New Zealand.
Dakota NZ3551 being wheeled out of the Aircraft Hall for the first time in more than 30 years. 3 May 2021. Image: Air Force Museum of New Zealand.
The Aircraft Hall, empty for the first time in 34 years. 3 May 2021. Image: Air Force Museum of New Zealand.
The Aircraft Hall, empty for the first time in 34 years. 3 May 2021. Image: Air Force Museum of New Zealand.
Cleaning the Aircraft Hall, in preparation for the lighting upgrade. 4 May 2021. Image: Air Force Museum of New Zealand.
Cleaning the Aircraft Hall, in preparation for the lighting upgrade. 4 May 2021. Image: Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

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