International aviation history has inspired the new Dangerous Skies exhibition opening soon in Blenheim, New Zealand.
The WWII exhibition will open in November as the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre – a world class museum and aviation experience in New Zealand’s South Island - prepares to celebrate its 10-year anniversary.
Dangerous Skies a World War II Exhibition will feature stories of aviators and aircraft taking visitors on an historical and geographical journey.
The exhibition has been built to the same acclaimed standard as the centre’s world-class Knights of the Sky exhibition, a display of Sir Peter Jackson’s collection of WWI aircraft and memorabilia, which is an international drawcard for visitors to Marlborough.
A production team made up of paid professionals and passionate volunteers have worked tirelessly over the last 18 months to bring these new stories to life.
Jane Orphan, Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre director said “We have some remarkable aviation stories to tell from WW2. Some will be familiar, such as the Battle of Britain, but we are also introducing lesser known stories (in the West) from the Eastern Front and Burma. The aircraft we have for display take the lead but the stories provide the context. “
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre has once again partnered with the cinematic wizards, Weta Workshop, to create lifelike mannequins to enhance scenes painstakingly created by talented local artists.
The exhibition will include a mixture of original and replica machines, including the world’s only flyable Avro Anson Mk1 and a Griffon powered Mk.XIVe Spitfire.
The opening of Dangerous Skies signifies the completion of Stage Two of the multi-stage development and is the result of years of fundraising and planning.
About Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Omaka AHC was established to provide a world-class destination for the appreciation of historic aircraft.
The Knights of the Sky exhibition showcases the world’s largest private collection of World War 1 aircraft and rare memorabilia and is on long-term loan from film director Sir Peter Jackson. Thanks to Sir Peter’s generosity, the aircraft have been brought to life in a series of dioramas created by Wingnut Films and enhanced with lifelike mannequins by Weta Workshop.