The Army Flying Museum

Aviation museum reopens after huge refurbishment

  • Posted On: 17 April 2019
  • Author: Fusion Admin
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The Army Flying Museum

The Army Flying Museum is a British military aviation museum which celebrates the history of flying in the British Army and is home to an extensive collection, charting over 100 years of the British Army in the air. With over 35 fixed wing and rotary aircraft on display, the Museum is the perfect place to explore the fascinating history of army aviation.

Fusion were heavily involved in this project, leading up to the grand re-opening on April 1st 2019.

The experience begins with an introductory AV piece which explains the need to put soldiers in the air and the historical breakthroughs which were made along the way.  This media is delivered through a cascade of different sized screens which ascend the rear wall, creating a synchronised collage. This tower of screens creates a striking opening to the Army Flying experience.

Fusion also installed a prominent ambient audio soundscape throughout the 2 large halls which mimic the sound of helicopters flying over the halls.  It sounds incredibly realistic, so much so that even the curators were popping their heads outside the museum to try and see what was flying over! 

Throughout the refurbished museum are button-operated oral history interactives which depict the variety of conflict zones and experiences of the operatives and a large quantity of showcases, set-works and dioramas.  As part of this project, Fusion renewed the existing fluorescent lighting throughout these exhibition pieces and installed Ljus Design fittings and track, which have dramatically increased the quality of light to these exhibition pieces.  All the fittings are independently dimmable and beam angles can be easily adjusted. 

The real ‘wow’ factor of the museum is the impressive AV show, ‘Helicopters in Action’, which fires up every hour.  For this, Fusion installed 4 projectors which are blended together onto the rear wall to create a seamless 22m wide image as a dramatic backdrop to the AV show; alongside these are video projectors which cast onto the helicopters themselves. These are mapped to the outline of the helicopters and deliver buzzwords, effects and explosions which appear on the helicopters themselves.  This is further enhanced by a hugely powerful audio system with 2 large subwoofers, providing narration and sound effects throughout the show.  To aid the immersive experience, Fusion installed DMX controlled colour changing lights and DMX controlled fans to mimic the downdraft effect from the Apache helicopter.

Our friends over at Ay-Pe smoothly managed the AV hardware contract, whilst also producing the powerful and striking audio/video media content throughout the newly refurbished spaces, while John and Donna at FINIFLEX tweaked the roaring soundtrack. 

Petrichor managed the refurbishment of the Army Flying Museum, which has resulted in a more modern, clean museum space with significantly improved visitor flow.

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