The Singapore Air Force Museum is a physical embodiment of the history, heritage and values of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF). Since it opened in 1988, the museum has grown from strength to strength. Today, it stands in a new compound and creatively combines original artefacts and interactive media, providing an engaging hands-on experience that brings the RSAF story to life for people of all ages.
Pico was heavily involved with the latest revamp of the museum, which took place over two years – from late 2013 to late 2015. Delivering design, fabrication, AV and project management services, our teams worked to create ‘edutaining’ exhibits and spaces that would show the public how the RSAF operates and showcase their latest 3G network operations, raising awareness about both the responsibilities and the cutting-edge technologies of the RSAF.
The primary aim of the museum’s refit was to inspire members of the young generation and make them to want to protect their nation. We approached this goal in a number of ways – by installing a full-scale replica of a fighter plane cockpit; creating multi-layer strategy games within the museum to ensure visitors are consistently interested and engaged; by creating a more futuristic, cutting-edge look for the entire space; and by focusing firmly on technology to keep the attention of the younger visitors.
Developing content was a tricky task, as all information from the Air Force is necessarily highly classified. Our staff needed to filter data and work closely with various RSAF departments to ensure all exhibits were appropriate yet still interesting to the public. The team also created a special three-minute video to be screened in the museum. This required several rounds of discussion with Air Force pilots to ensure that our animation and simulations were 100 per cent accurate and depicted genuine ‘real life’ flying situations.
The RSAF was extremely appreciative of our hard work, so much so that the RSAF Chief of Staff awarded each member of the team with a medal and a certificate – making us, briefly, Air Force heroes.
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