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The Suffolk Aviation Chronology


At the heart of the Museum, the developing Suffolk Aviation Chronology highlights the evolution of aviation and aircraft design through some of the hundreds of types and events associated with Suffolk, from the very earliest records of manned flight in the 1700s, to the present day.


This unique art based project is possibly the only one of its kind in the world, and provides visitors with a visual appreciation of how manned flight evolved from the very earliest tentative hops of the pioneers through to the sophisticated machinery of today.     


The First Display Room takes the visitor through the evolution of aviation up to the end of the 1930s, with each wall of the room representing a decade of the last century. Each decade section contains at least one original colour painting depicting a historically accurate aviation event in Suffolk.


Phase two of the chronology, starting at the beginning of the 1940s, is expected to be completed in 2016.   


The aircraft types chosen for inclusion in the chronology are those which best illustrate the development of aviation technology and innovation, allowing the viewer to see and appreciate the evolutionary links which can be traced back from the modern era to the beginning of flight. The strength of aviation history in Suffolk is almost unique in providing an important insight into the development of manned flight in Britain.


The chronology artwork is being produced exclusively for Suffolk Aviation Heritage Group. More than forty pieces of original work make up the initial wall display in the First Display Room, with as many as one hundred unique works making up the completed chronology.


The Suffolk Aviation Chronology is kindly sponsored by Sport and Recreation in Kesgrave (SPARK)


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Sport and Recreation in Kesgrave (SPARK)

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