The Army Flying Museum (AFM), formerly the Museum of Army Flying, at Middle Wallop reopened on Monday 1 April after a £2.59-million, five-month redevelopment project. The changes are significant, including new aircraft, new exhibits, better lighting, more interactive features and audio-visual displays.
Funding for the redevelopment plan, called Project Eagle, came from a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant and was matched by a further £900,000 raised by the museum itself. The project focused on the expansion and modernisation of the museum’s archive and a complete update and reinterpretation of its unique collection.
Chris Munns, chief executive officer, said, “This is an important milestone and a testament to all those that have helped with the planning of the project and the excellent support that we have received from the volunteers. Once you get inside you will notice the difference straight away. The museum has been completely re-laid out so that it is in a much more logical order. There are new graphic panels, new aircraft and an attack helicopter audio-visual display that’s going to run every hour.”
The two new aircraft exhibits are the Islander AL1 and Agusta A109, while around 180 freshly made information panels feature hundreds of never-before-seen pictures from the museum’s archives.