Thursday, 11 March 2010

Wings Museum Grand Re-Opening

Wings Museum prepares to spread its Wings!

At long last I am pleased to report that the Wings Museum is due to re-open to the public on a special grand opening weekend due to take place on Saturday 20th March and Sunday 21st March 2010. Please see our website for further information.

As the opening is fast approaching I am please to report that we are now on the final stages of preparing our C-47 "Band of Brothers" Dakota (Sky Train) fuselage section as a visitors walk through. This exhibit will be complete with sounds and images and aims at letting visitors experience what it was like to be a Paratrooper on D-Day. A special ramp is in the final stages of construction and will allow our disabled visitors to explore inside.

The Grand opening weekend will also see an attendance of World War Two military Vehicles and living history groups, including an anti aircraft Half Track, the 101st Airbourne and 212 Squadron living history groups.

The weekend will also welcome several veterans including Warrant Officer Jack Hodges who flew Hawker Typhoons with 174 Squadron during the battle for Normandy.

So what will you see?
Take a deep breath...

The Wings Museum is a fascinating in-sight into life during World War Two. Each artefact or item of memorabilia tells it`s own unique story set along side the sounds & music of the times. History appears to come alive in this truly unique nostalgic experience. Walk inside the famous C-47 Dakota, experience what it was like to have been a paratrooper on D-Day. The only place in Europe where visitors can see aircraft which have been recovered from the Russian front where they were shot down over 60 years ago! Now displayed in crash dioramas representing the crash sites!

Read about the last battles of World War Two fought between the Soviets and the Japanese, these forgotten battles were still raging even after the official surrender of Japan. See the World’s only surviving recovered Japanese Nakajima B5N2 “Kate” Torpedo Bomber made famous during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The museum aims at remembering our gallant armed forces of all nations who served during World War Two. Located in the heart of Battle of Britain country, the Wings Museum displays a variety of “themed” displays of original memorabilia and relics relating to the: Home Guard, The Battle of Britain, Blitz, Home Front, Royal Air Force, Bomber Command, 8th US Army Air Force, D-Day & Beyond, The Russian Front.

This unique exhibition is brought to life by the sounds and music of the times - visitors will be taken back to the 1940’s and get a taste of life during those turbulent times. Items on display include: Aero Engines, Propellers, Artefacts, Uniforms, Aircraft Parts, Equipment, Local History, Home Front Items, airframes, D-Day memorabilia and much much more!

See artefacts from Hitlers V-Weapons, see relics from the "Doodle Bug" V1 Flying Bomb, see the engine from a V2 which fell to earth in Essex. Enter the "Dora" room - an emotional story from the Holocaust, see images and artwork about those involved in the construction of Hitlers "Terror Weapons".

We look forward to welcoming you to the new and improved Wings Museum.