Complete with a Supermarine Spitfire Mark IX and a Hawker Hurricane Mark IV suspended from the ceiling, the Spitfire Gallery at Birmingham’s Thinktank science museum opens to the public on Saturday, March 28.
More than 10,000 of the fighters were manufactured in Castle Bromwich from 1940 to 1945, and parts for the Hurricane were also made in the city.
The new gallery will explore the design, manufacture and use of the Spitfire and Hurricane.
Funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund, DCMS Wolfson and the Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity, the gallery is opening in good time for the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
It will include interactive displays alongside related historic objects, all validated with stories from people involved in the industry.
The exhibition will also explain how technology has changed over time and how innovation resulted from designers and pilots alike being willing to push back the boundaries of technology.