From Monday 19th of December you can visit one of the world’s most prized aviation exhibits at the ground floor of the terminal at Adelaide Airport, opposite the entrance of the Altura Hotel.

The brand new state of the art exhibition showcases the historic 100 year old bi-plane made famous from its journey from England to Australia in 1919. It took brothers Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith along with Jim Bennet and Wally Shiers 28 days to make the journey with just a map and a compass. The epic flight was made just 16 years after the Wright Brothers flew the first-ever powered aircraft. Pretty impressive, right?!

The new exhibition features interactive touch screens, projection canvas, and artefacts from the original journey all thanks to award-winning experience design studio, Sandpit. It’s a complete audio visual experience showcasing the story of the Vickers Vimy plane, the flight, the crew and the heroic journey. With the help of the Young Adelaide Voices choir, Sandpit also produced the first ever recording of the song Our Flying Boys, a celebration song written by E Ronchetti-Allein and Jack Fewster which can be heard for the first time in 100 years at the exhibit alongside an interview by the celebrated pilot, Wally Shiers.

Award-winning experience design studio, Sandpit, were brought on board to bring to life a rich archive of historical material over 100 years old. Utilising the exhibitions multiple interactive touch screens and projection canvas, Sandpit have designed a complete audio visual experience showcasing the story of the Vickers Vimy plane, the flight, the crew and the heroic stories that ensued. With the help of the Young Adelaide Voices choir, Sandpit also produced the first ever recording of the song Our Flying Boys, a celebration song written by E Ronchetti-Allein and Jack Fewster which can be heard for the first time in 100 years at the exhibit alongside an interview by the celebrated pilot, Wally Shiers.

Relocated from its old hangar near the airport’s long term car park to the new purpose-built exhibition space, this $7 million project is part of the $200 terminal expansion project and is funded by the Federal Government, South Australian Government and Adelaide Airport.

Where: Ground floor of the terminal
(opposite the entrance of the Atura Hotel)
Sir Richard Williams Drive
Adelaide Airport.
When: Open from 8 am – 8 pm every day of the year
Cost: Entry is free
https://www.adelaideairport.com.au/vickers-vimy/

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