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The story of aviation development in World War One and the men who designed and flew them is the focus of this unique exhibition located in the heart of Marlborough’s wine country. Since the museum was opened in 2006 it has attracted visitors from around the world, recently most notably the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate.
There are some very fine aviation museums around the world but what makes Omaka unique is the storytelling aspect of the displays. This is no warehouse with rows of similarly placed aircraft behind a velvet rope. Instead planes are suspended from the ceiling in full flight from pursuing airmen, in another scene a plane has crash landed in the mud and in one of the most photographed scenes of the exhibition, a pilot wades through the snow to accept a cigarette from his German counterpart as his plane rests precariously above in the branches of a large tree.
Only at Omaka, through the generosity, vision and expertise of Sir Peter Jackson, WingNut Films and Weta Workshop do the stories of these “Knights of the Sky” come to life in such a spectacular fashion. Not just for aviation enthusiasts, this is an exhibition that has been created to appeal to visitors of ages and interests.
One of the world’s largest private collections of Great War aircraft and artifacts in dramatic displays created by Wingnut Films, with mannequins by Weta Workshop. A second exhibition has just opened featuring stories from World War II.
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