A beacon, that will stand taller than the UK's Houses of Parliament, has been unveiled as part of the Royal Air Force Museum's plans to modernise and preserve its collection of Battle of Britain aircraft.

The new building, at the Museum's site at Hendon, London, will house a unique collection of aircraft involved in the Battle of Britain bombing campaign, including memorabilia and archives.


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The Battle of Britain Beacon is a landmark project designed by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, to mark the gateway to London from the rest of England.

The 116m (350ft) structure is a shell and cone shape slashed to reveal the swooping and circling forms of three iconic aircraft, suspended outside the glass roof, as they dogfight in the actual battlespace. The visitor will be treated to an audio visual experience with holographic images, and they will be able to hear the action overhead.


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His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, patron of the RAF Museum said: "The proposed new building will be more than a memorial and a museum, it will be a beacon for all future generations; a beacon of gratitude and a beacon hope that our freedoms and our peace will never again be put at risk."

The RAF Museum is based on the site of an historic airfield in north London.

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Source: FlightGlobal.com