In addition to the restoration work already undertaken, Irish Historic Flight is focused on the establishment of a dedicated ‘aviation experience’ facility, allowing the public to both view historic aircraft up close and gain an in-depth scientific understanding of aviation and flight.
Rather than a static display museum, it will be a state of the art interactive facility, where visitors will be immersed in aviation.
A suitable site has been identified at Baldonnel (Casement Aerodrome) and the Deptartment of Defence have been very supportive (with engagement now underway between the Secretary General of DoD and the Chief Executive of the IAA, concerning the transfer of land to the Foundation). Funding has been identified from across the industry for the facility. The Foundation intends to submit a formal planning application by year-end with a view to having the facility in place in 2017.
Already, the IHFF is supported by the Irish Aviation Authority, Irish Air Corps, Department of Defence, Ryanair, Aer Lingus, and Stobart Air and a team of volunteers.