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Major Expansion for the RAF Museum

Added: (Wed Nov 29 2000)

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329/00 November 29, 2000

MAJOR EXPANSION FOR THE RAF MUSEUM

The RAF Museum is to undergo a major £7.5 million expansion at its site in Hendon, north-west London, with additional space for historic aircraft and a large-scale exhibition scheduled to mark the centenary of powered flight in 2003.

The expansion is being funded by a £4.772 million grant from the National Lottery and £2.7 million from the Ministry of Defence (MOD). The museum needs to expand in order to accommodate aircraft types due to leave Royal Air Force service over the next decade but the move will also broaden its public appeal by diversifying the range of attractions.

Dr Lewis Moonie, Under Secretary of State, welcomed the lottery grant, adding: “This is excellent news, particularly as the grant includes an additional amount to enhance the interior design of the new showcase building.”

Some extra aircraft will be housed in a pre-World War One listed hangar to be repositioned from an adjacent site and covering two acres. In addition, a large state of the art stainless steel building will be constructed to house a special exhibition entitled Milestones of Flight, marking the great performance and technological landmarks. A 21st century Eurofighter, for example, will appear alongside an early Bleriot from Edwardian days. The expansion will allow 24 extra aircraft in all – an increase of around one-third – to be exhibited.

Work will begin on the expansion programme in 2001 with the hangar opening in 2002 and the new building by November 2003, the centenary of powered flight.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

1.For further information please contact Simon Greenish at the RAF Museum on 0208 205 2266 or the MOD Press Office on 020 7218 3254.

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