apparition: Dornier 17 Augmented Reality App

Conceptualised, designed and created by redLoop: the Middlesex University Design and Innovation Centre for the RAF Museum, apparition: Dornier 17 is the first in a series of augmented reality apps that use technology and location based media to recreate lost aircraft and their stories for the world to see and experience. Apparition: Dornier17 is sponsored by

This free app enables visitors to the museum at both London and Cosford to experience augmented reality content through their smart phones as part of the Dornier 17 exhibit in the form of full size Dornier 17 aircraft and media content surrounding the conservation process. In addition, the app enables smart phone users to view full size 3D model at various locations around the world and to bring a scale model into their own home by downloading an ‘augmented reality’ symbol and instructions leaflet


Royal Air Force  Museum Director General, Peter Dye: This heralds a new era of exhibition display and what Museums can achieve. For the first time ever the same 3D exhibit is visible in defined physical sites around the world.”

redLoop Director, Dr Andy Bardill said:We are now living in the science fiction future, described by William Gibson, where we can create virtual 3D objects that people can look at, walk around and explore in physical spaces or in their own home using commonly available smartphones and tablets. We have used this technology to bring the Dornier17 back to life and it clearly has immense potential for augmenting museum collections.”


Apparition: Dornier17 will be able for free download from the Apple App store from 16th Oct 2013 and soon after will be available on Android.