Cast your eyes on the brand new displays at the National Museum of Flight in East Lothian, which are hosted in two newly renovated World War II hangars.
The aircraft hangars at this family-friendly museum were originally intended as temporary structures when they were built in 1940 – 1941, but are amazingly still standing at the East Fortune airfield today, over 70 years later. And thanks to their recent multi-million pound refurbishment they’ll be standing tall for some time yet.
The opening of the hangars was marked by an Opening Celebration on Friday 25 March, which was part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 and included a celebratory flypast from local pilot Jim McTaggart in his Stolp Starduster Too.
Home to a famous Spitfire, the Military Aviation hangar examines the roles that aircraft have played in conflict throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. See how aircraft design and technology have advanced, and learn more about the people who designed, built and flew these amazing machines.
Admire the English Electric Lightning, which was the RAF’s first supersonic jet fighter and could match the speed of Concorde! The oldest surviving Harrier jump jet and the Tornado F3, only recently replaced in RAF service by the Eurofighter Typhoon, will also be on display.
Transporting the nation
The Civil Aviation hangar charts Scottish aviation history across the past 100 years through awesome aircraft displays and interviews with the people who flew and worked with them. Discover the Scottish stories connected to the aircrafts, such as the tale of the Druine Turbulent which was built in the bedroom of a house in Airdrie, and the 22 Scottish babies who were born in mid-air aboard the Britten-Norman Islanders 1967 – 2006.
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