Sir George dug into the turf at Middle Wallop to mark the start of a £1.8 million construction project to build the Jubilee Extension to the Museum of Army Flying
"Visitor numbers continue to grow, and the museum is at bursting point. More space is needed for exhibits currently in storage."
Sir George complimented Marion Paviour, the Museum's Chairman, on raising the funds and said that local people were very fortunate to have such a unique museum on their doorstep. "There are not many museums my grandchildren will go to twice - and this is one of them."
The national glider collection is unique, and the collection contains one example of nearly every aircraft owned or operated by the British Army since 1940.
At the ceremony was Malcolm Hutchinson, a Trustee of the Museum and Project Director; Ali Brierly, the Museum's Marketing Manager; Sue Grimshaw, the Project Co-ordinator; Martin Anderson, the Employer's Agent for the Project and Issa Alani, Project Director for the Contractors, HA & DEB Kitchin.