During this year’s extended closed period the Simulator and Projects team of Pete Pitman and Kieran Wisely have not been idle, working on a number of improvements to enhance the visitor experience for when the Museum re-opens, hopefully in mid-May.
These improvements include updating electronics in the Bomber Command and relocated 617 Squadron exhibitions with new control boxes and installing pencil thin lights. With the assistance of the Museum’s maintenance team a new touchscreen, designed by Pete Pitman, has been installed in the Merston Hall SOE exhibition adjacent to the Special Duties full size Lysander replica. The touchscreen shows detail of each of the 34 pick-up operations (25 of which were successful) Jimmy ‘Mac’ McCairns flew from RAF Tangmere in 1943. Another section within the touchscreen records the story of Lysander V9822 (MA-E) ‘Mac’ flew on most of his missions.
The team have also turned their attention to the Lightning fast jet aircraft, installing the latest versions of Prepar3D and ORBX ground scenery software on the Lightning cockpit simulator and making a new film on the ‘Development of the Lightning’ to be shown on a screen adjacent to the Museum’s English Electric Lightning F53 aircraft.
Photos: TMAM/Pete Pitman