The National Museum of Flight located at East Fortune Airfield in East Lothian, is a 40 minute drive east of Edinburgh, and is a fantastic day out for young and old. Come on a sunny day and enjoy meandering between the many hangars, or come on a rainy day and shelter in the cockpit of the UK’s only surviving Boeing 707.
The National Museum of Flight is home to Scotland's only Concorde, and you can climb aboard this iconic beauty and discover what transatlantic flights were like for passengers and crew onboard this supersonic jet until it was decommissioned in 2003 and came to rest in this specially adapted hanger (the size of her is unbelievable). Also take the time to explore the Concorde Experience exhibition, and watch the video of the world’s first supersonic aircraft.
Concorde is not the only aircraft you can set foot in, why not discover original ‘jet set’ lifestyle of the 1960’s whilst aboard the iconic Boeing 707 or walk down the cabin of the 1962 de Havilland Comet, be sure to take notice of the overhead lockers and seat pitch- have they changed over the years?
Passenger Jets are not the only aircraft at the National Museum of Flight, you can also get up close to a Hawk flown by the world famous Red Arrows premier aerobatic display team.
Head over to the Military Aviation Hangar where there are some of the most iconic aircraft ever to take to the skies from the Second World War Spitfire to the Cold War Vulcan bomber, here you can watch videos from veteran pilots and get up close to many aircrafts and artefacts.
There are even more aircraft in the Civil Aviation Hangar where you can explore a wide range of aircrafts, with both of us coming from aviation backgrounds this one was fun, as there were the same aircrafts from two of the companies we worked for.
The aircrafts at the National Museum of Flight is not the only interesting thing about East Fortune, as before it was the museum East Fortune Airfield was one of the UK’s key military bases during both the First and Second World Wars.
East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian, EH39 5LF
National Museums Scotland Members free Adult £12.50 Child (5-15) £7.50
November to March Open weekends only, 10:00–16:00 April to October Open daily, 10:00–17:00 Closed 25, 26 December and 1 January
Check out their website for special free entry days such as Doors Open Days in September each year and November 2019 to celebrate the National Lottery turning 25 years old!