Aircraft back in at the American Air Museum
Aircraft are now reinstalled within the American Air Museum on our General Contracts project at Imperial War Museum Duxford.
The £840k project, which began in March has so far involved the removal of the entire glazing system to the front of the American Air Museum followed by the careful removal of all suspended and standing aircraft from the hangar. Two coats of ultraviolet resin paint was subsequently applied to the exhibition flooring before the return of all aircraft.
Whilst removing the 19mm thick toughened glass, which was completed by our specialist sub-contractors Glazing Refurbishment Ltd it was discovered that 18 panels were slightly damaged and needed replacing, in total over 1,200m² of glass was removed over a 6 week duration.
Vital conservation and restoration works were carried out to the aircraft whilst they were off display, including the impressive F-15 Eagle which is one of the exciting new additions to the Museum (pictured below).
Now all the aircraft are placed in their reconfigured layout the reinstatement of the glazing, which will include new frames, seals and gaskets has begun. An ultraviolet film will then be applied to the glass which will help reduce the risk of sun damage to the exhibitions.
Finally, a third coat of paint will be applied to the flooring and new power and data outlets will be installed throughout the hangar, these are in preparation for new interactive consoles which will be fitted by a separate contractor following project completion in November 2015.
Time lapse footage:
Your Site Manager understood and embraced the ethos of what we were trying to achieve in the refurbishment within the constraints that has been created externally for us.
Pauline Woodbridge – Business and IT Manager
Dacorum ESC, Hemel Hempstead
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