13 February 2014

Talented University of Hertfordshire Creative Arts students have built a replica de Havilland 9b biplane, which will be the focus of a new exhibition at The Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum. Commissioned by Britain from Above as part of the exhibition ‘Aerofilms: Britain from Above’, it will open at the museum in Hendon on the 22nd February until the 31st March 2015.

The BfA exhibition

The BfA exhibition will showcase Aerofilms Limited aerial imagery taken to document the changing landscape of modern Britain from 1919 to 1953. Built by two students and supervised by a University of Hertfordshire graduate at model makers Artem, the plane is a model of the first aircraft used by Aerofilms Limited to take their photographs. The University of Hertfordshire is strongly associated with the history of British aviation and aircraft production dates back to 1934 when de Havilland Aircraft Company moved to Hatfield.

Invaluable experience

Ian Mitchell, Programme Leader for Model and Special Effects, at the University of Hertfordshire, said: "Providing students with the opportunity to work together with industry professionals, on a project of this scale, is testament to their high standard of work. The project delivered invaluable experience and puts them in good standing to develop their future careers."

Communities coming together

In addition, as part of a local project, the plane will be covered in knitting to replicate communities coming together to knit the pilots and cameramen warm undergarments to combat severe weather conditions. BfA will be running free knitting workshops at the RAF Museum during half term which the University's Contemporary Applied Arts students will be taking part in. For further information visit The RAF Museum's website, http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london.