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Qantas Founders Museum 747 light show to launch on 1 July

written by Adam Thorn | June 24, 2020

One of the effects will be the illusion that visitors are in an underwater world (QFM)

The Qantas Founders Museum has revealed its new light show exhibition will launch on 1 July, after the project was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The attraction has also announced the ‘Luminescent Longreach’ display will involve projecting a 3D animation across 635 square metres of a Boeing 747. The project’s design was the result of an 11,000-hour creative process.

Chief executive Tony Martin said, “There is nothing like this anywhere else in the world, it is an entirely immersive experience that won’t disappoint.”

The night time ‘light and sound experience’ was brought to life by design studio Buchan and took more than 2,000 hours to install.

The show will tell the 100-year history of Qantas using 3D animation, projection mapping and 360-degree immersive sound.

The Qantas Founders Museum itself will reopen on 1 July after shutting three months ago due to coronavirus restrictions.

Earlier this month, Australian Aviation reported work had restarted on completing the museum’s new $14.3 million, 400-tonne steel roof. Construction began in April 2019 and was due to be completed in May.


Stage one involved building a new 8,072-square-metre roof, around half the size of Sydney Cricket Ground, paid for by the federal government, while stage two of the project will involve the creation of a new light show projected on to the fuselage of a 747, 707 and Super Constellation aircraft.

Buchan senior associate Anthony Rawson said, “Beyond retelling the founders’ story amongst remarkable aircraft, it has been immensely satisfying to have created a new place for Longreach to host cultural, commercial and entertainment events of many kinds.”

Comment (1)

  • Melanie


    Can’t wait to see this.

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