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Popular New Aviation Exhibit at Kagoshima Airport - Real Displays Include Engines and Tires

Popular New Aviation Exhibit at Kagoshima Airport - Real Displays Include Engines and Tires

Sora Stage at Kagoshima Airport

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The Sora Stage, an aviation exhibition hall that opened at Kagoshima Airport in Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture on September 11, has been popular among visitors to the airport.

In this 100th year of powered flight in Japan, the Sora Stage commemorates the 40th anniversary of the airport’s move to its current location and was set up on the third floor of the terminal building to further raise the public’s interest in aviation. The concept of the facility is to “provide everyone who visits new discoveries and experiences.” The exhibit presents items and information related to aviation as well as the airport’s history and aircraft.

The most eye-catching items in the nearly 260-square-meter exhibition hall are the six actual aircraft parts including a Boeing 747 engine cowl (external cover), fan blades and winglet along with the main tires of a Boeing 787, as well as 24 model aircraft. The giant engine cowl, with a diameter of 2.7 meters, is so large that people can walk through it and onto the observation deck outside. According to a spokesperson from Kagoshima Airport Building Co., Ltd., which manages and administers the terminal building, people of all ages including families with small children and elderly couples have been visiting the exhibition hall since it opened, mostly coming on weekends.

The Sora Stage is open from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free of charge.

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