THE Army Flying Museum’s final countdown is officially on as it enters its last month ahead of launching in April.

After months of hard work the interior of the Middle Wallop-based museum is in the home straight of a £2.59million makeover which is set to transform the visitor experience.

From April 1 visitors will be able to see the difference that has been created since the museum’s closure in November 2018, which will include new exhibits, better lighting, a whole host of interactive and exciting audio visual displays.

Delivery of the project has been undertaken by a combination of volunteers and contractors, with one of the major areas of the work, redisplaying the aircraft collection, led by volunteer engineers.

Army Flying Museum curator Susan Lindsay said: “The history of army flying is interesting, it’s dynamic, it relates to events all over the world, it’s got some great personal stories associated with it, and we’ve got a really good collection to help us tell that story.

“In terms of interpretation we will be providing information panels for general visitors, but we’ll also be having touch sensitive screens which will hold a wealth of information from our archives that will provide the aviation enthusiast with some really interesting information that they should enjoy looking at.

“We represent a unit that is very active and still writing history to this very day and it’s important for us to tell that story right up to date.

“And, therefore, for our operations from 1950s onwards, we will have new graphic panels, screens showing footage, showcases with new objects being brought out, and we’re running a really exciting oral history project whereby we’re gathering reminisces from members of the Army aviation community.

“One of the things we’re particularly excited about is a brand new immersive audio visual presentation that tells the story of the attack helicopter, it really will bring that story to light in a dynamic way.”

Despite the differences throughout regulars to the museum will still see a few recognisable areas with the 1940s house, glider collection and First World War area remaining largely familiar.

Susan added: “In short, we’re bringing our story up to date, we’re making it more interactive, we’re including lots more personal stories, and we’re making our collections much more accessible to our visitors.

“We hope you’ll be able to come and see us soon.”

The museum will reopen to the public at 10am on Monday, April 1.