Space and Aviation expo Above and Beyond opens at MOTAT in Auckland

New Zealanders have a long history of being adventurous and innovative, so it should come as no surprise that two of the biggest names in technology and travel have set their sights on inspiring young Kiwis to be a part of the next generation of history makers.

The Above and Beyond exhibition has opened at Auckland's MOTAT after being developed by Boeing to celebrate 100 years in business, in collaboration with NASA and the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.

Space Shuttle In The Clouds. 3D Scene.
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MOTAT has had to shift a few things around to make room for the massive exhibition, but they say Above and Beyond is the perfect fit for the museum.

"Boeing's goal when this exhibition was developed was to ensure that everyone who experiences it is motivated by the stories of past and present aerospace pioneers and are inspired by what the future holds. It therefore aligns perfectly with MOTAT's own vision of using the past, the present and the future to educate and inspire the next generation of innovators," says museum director Michael Frawley.

"We're also looking forward to Above and Beyond helping visitors gain an even deeper appreciation of our own internationally renowned aviation collection. It's going to be a great way to show just how much Kiwi aviation pioneers like Richard Pearse, the Walsh Brothers, and Jean Batten actually achieved in their day and what Peter Beck and his team at Rocket Lab are achieving right now."

Space and Aviation expo Above and Beyond opens at MOTAT in Auckland
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The arrival of the exhibition in Aotearoa has also been of special interest to Boeing.
Maureen Dougherty, president of Boeing Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific, said it adds another connection to New Zealand's long relationship with Boeing.

"After Boeing's founding in 1916, the New Zealand Flying School became our first international customer by purchasing two Boeing B&W aircraft. We've been honoured to support the country's commercial and defence aviation needs ever since."

Above and Beyond is on at MOTAT until March 11, 2019.

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