The former Battle of Britain Hall and the Milestones of Flight building that were closed to make way for the RAF Centenary Transformation have been opened for an early preview for the public before the official opening on June 24th. The majority of the exhibits are in place although some of the display’s are far from complete or in their final positions.
Visitors are now directed towards the old BoB Hall now called Hangar 1 - RAF Stories, The First 100 Years 1918–2018 and RAF - First to the Future which is now the main entrance to the Museum. Inside, just to the left is the new shop and what was the Wessex cafe and you sit and sup your tea or coffee and nibble your sandwiches under the wing of the Sunderland. You turn right to enter the new exhibition area where the BoB aircraft used to be. The walls and ceiling have been painted black and although it looks dark everything is well lit but photography wise, some of the spotlights on the aircraft will blow out the highlights unless you dial in some negative exposure compensation. Display objects seem to be grouped together under and around the aircraft with a lot of empty space elsewhere. Not sure about the cardboard, or metal, cutouts of figures randomly placed around the exhibition area but they are handy to rest a camera on for a slow shutter speed. You leave the building via the doors at the rear under the Sunderland.
Things are a bit tight in the old Milestones of Flight building now called Hangar 6 - The RAF in an Age of Uncertainty with the Buccaneer almost touching the Harrier hanging above it and the Tornado almost touching the hanging Jaguar but those two airframes don’t appear to be in their final display positions.
Equipment Used: Sony a6500 CSC + Samyang 12mm f2.0 NCS CS lens