Brilliantly-lit aircraft are wowing overlanders at the recently-expanded Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach. With the stunning 20-minute 3D projection ‘Luminescent Longreach’ celebrating Qantas’ 100th year.
Iningai custodian Suzanne Thompson opens the presentation with a moving Welcome to Country. Guests are then treated to compelling tales charting Qantas’ founding.
“It’s an incredible story and we’re very proud of it,” says Tony Martin Qantas Founders Museum CEO.
Tony sees endless potential of the newly-formed exhibition space.
And it is just one of the many new on-site attractions marking the centenary, including the recently-refurbished Super Constellation sheltered by the 26-metre-high Airpark.
Buchan’s specialist Brand Experience team designed, directed and produced the show projected onto the surface of the Museum’s four aircraft exceeding 635 square metres.
Creatives spent 18 months and more than 11,000 hours crafting the show and Airpark displays. With Buchan Senior Associate, Anthony Rawson, found working in Longreach deeply rewarding.
”It’s a privilege to be working for Qantas Founders Museum in the airline’s Centenary year when so much of Qantas’ rich history is being re-told to new generations,” says Anthony.
INSPECT RESTORED AIRCRAFT AIRPARK PRECINCT
Luminescent Longreach is projected under the Museum’s Airpark precinct, housing a Boeing 747, 707, Super Constellation and DC3.
Daily, guests can explore four historic aircraft lovingly-restored by volunteers in sheltered comfort.
You can actually wander the newly-refurbished Super Constellation retrieved from Manilla. It features a control room, historic panels and Qantas’ original fit-out.
Read about the Founding Museum’s latest restoration here.
AIRPARK CONSTRUCTION, AHEAD OF THE LUMINESCENT LONGREACH
The striking Airpark designed by NRA-Co-Lab spans 8,000 square metres across the roofline.
Fabricators rolled 13 kilometres of flat aluminium on-site, carefully constructing the 26 metre high structure around the Museum’s Boeing 747 and 707.
All up, workers poured more than 500 square metres of concrete.
Guests can enjoy the aircraft from the 9m viewing platform, accessible via a lift and stairs.
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