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Nes­tled amongst the vine­yards and ad­ja­cent to one of the old­est air­fields in the country is Marl­bor­ough’s sin­gle most vis­ited at­trac­tion, the Omaka Avi­a­tion Her­itage Cen­tre. For the last 10 years, this world class at­trac­tion has been bring­ing to life the story of avi­a­tion de­vel­op­ment dur­ing World War One in its ground break­ing ex­hi­bi­tion, Knights of the Sky. On long-term loan from film maker and long-time avi­a­tion en­thu­si­ast, Sir Peter Jack­son, this is one of the world’s largest pri­vate col­lec­tion of World War I air­craft and mem­o­ra­bilia.

A sec­ond ex­hi­bi­tion, Dan­ger­ous Skies, is now open to the pub­lic and fea­tures sto­ries from World War II. Un­doubt­edly two of the star at­trac­tions of the new ex­hi­bi­tion are a twin en­gine bomber, the world’s only fly­able Mk1 Avro An­son and a Grif­fon pow­ered Mk.XIVe Spit­fire. The war on the Eastern Front is a sig­nif­i­cant fo­cus of this ex­hi­bi­tion and the Bat­tle of Stal­in­grad in­stal­la­tion is an ex­pe­ri­ence that has been gar­ner­ing much praise for its en­ter­tain­ing yet highly thought pro­vok­ing por­trayal of one of the most sig­nif­i­cant bat­tles of World War II.

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