Museum’s hangar plans progressing nicely

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Concept plans have been tweaked and there’s already money in the bank to support Ashburton Aviation Museum’s new hangar ambitions.

A museum committee has been formed to guide and co-ordinate the 1880m2 new hangar project at Ashburton Airport.

The hangar will house aircraft and exhibitions, as well as provide a function area, kitchen, toilets, reception and smoko room.

The new addition will sit between the round hangar and a super hangar built and opened on the airport site in 2008.

Ashburton Aviation Museum building committee chairman Owen Moore said the initial concept plans had been now been refined and a few alterations made.

The hangar was designed to bring the museum complex together and to make it more welcoming.

It was needed because the current space was too tight and some aircraft could not be displayed in their full form.

An exhibition space will enable the museum to display items currently tucked away from public eyes. The display boards can be wheeled out to enable functions to take place in the space.

“We are keen to have more groups use the facility for meetings and funerals, for example, because that will enable us to generate some income, Mr Moore said.

The $1.5million project was moving forward nicely and the focus now was on continuing the fundraising effort.

A big fundraiser lined up was the Militaria and Aviation Extravaganza now scheduled to be held over Labour Weekend (October 22-23), he said.

To date around $150,000 has been raised, including $100,000 over three years from Roger and Isla Jones.

Mr Moore said the museum was a charity and all donations were tax deductible.

The museum is aiming to complete the hangar project by 2024, which marks the museum’s 50th year.

Contact Owen Moore (owen@nullmoorepark.net.nz) to support or find out more about the hangar project.

By Mick Jensen