National Museum of Flight Scotland

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Key Facts

Location:
East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian
SatNav: Region:
EH39 5LF Scotland
Country:
United Kingdom
Admission:
Public
Category: Only Aviation:
General Yes
Aircraft Exhibits: Status:
circa. 67 Open

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What’s Here

Starting with an original Pilcher Hawk hang-glider of 1896, the museum tells the story of flight up to the present day. It houses the largest collection of preserved aircraft in Scotland in the hangars and buildings of the historic airfield at East Fortune. The site is largely unchanged since 1945 and has been scheduled as an Ancient Monument. A number of rare exhibits not normally seen in museums are on display, including a Bristol Beaufighter, an F-4S Phantom II and one of the early Harrier GR.1s. Various rebuild projects are underway, including a Spitfire F.21 and a Bolingbroke. In addition to the range of aircraft on show, a large number of aero engines, rockets, models, weaponry and uniforms can be seen. Special events are staged throughout the year. In late 2006 the former Museum of Flight was renamed National Museum of Flight Scotland.

Directions

East Fortune Airfield, north of the A1, off the B1347 west of East Linton. Well signposted.

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Visiting

Opening Hours:

Daily 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, April to October. Weekends only 10.00 am to 4.00 pm November 1 to March 31. Closed Christmas and New Year.

Admission:

See official website for details. Ticket includes access to the ‘Concorde Experience’ hangar, but access to the interior of Concorde requires a pre-booked ‘Boarding Pass’. These are available on the official website – see below.

Amenities:

Toilets, Parking, Cafe, Souvenir shop, Access for the disabled.

The Concorde Experience Hangar
(photo, Jeremy Briggs)
Nose of Concorde
(photo, Jeremy Briggs)
Main view of G-BOAA
(photo, Jeremy Briggs)
Note the cutaway rafters to accomodate the fin
(photo, Jeremy Briggs)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
G-BOAA Aerospatiale/BAC Concorde 206 G-BOAA Complete Displayed
Albatros ASG.21 hang-glider Complete Displayed
VM360 Avro Anson C.19 G-APHV Complete Displayed
XM597 Avro Vulcan B.2 XM597 Complete Displayed
G-AVMO BAC 111-510ED G-AVMO Complete Displayed
G-ASUG Beech E.18S G-ASUG Complete Displayed
Blackburn Buccaneer S.1 Cockpit Displayed
G-APFJ Boeing 707-436 G-APFJ Forward Fuselage Displayed
G-ATFG Brantly B.2B G-ATFG Complete Displayed
RD220 Bristol Beaufighter TF.X RD220 Complete Displayed
9940 Bristol Bolingbroke IVT 9940 Complete Displayed
G-BELF Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander G-BELF Complete Displayed
Catto CP-16 hang-glider Complete Displayed
Chargus 18/50 hang-glider BAPC.160 Complete Displayed
Cirrus III hang-glider BAPC.197 Complete Displayed
G-BDIX de Havilland Comet 4C G-BDIX Complete Displayed
G-ANOV de Havilland Dove 6 G-ANOV Complete Displayed
VH-SNB de Havilland Dragon I VH-SNB Complete Displayed
VH-UQB de Havilland Puss Moth VH-UQB Complete Displayed
XA109 de Havilland Sea Vampire T.22 XA109 Complete Displayed
WW145 de Havilland Sea Venom FAW.22 WW145 Complete Displayed
G-AOEL de Havilland Tiger Moth G-AOEL Complete Displayed
WB584 DHC Chipmunk WB584 Cockpit Displayed
G-BDFU Dragonfly man-powered aircraft G-BDFU Complete Displayed
G-AVPC Druine Turbulent G-AVPC Complete Displayed
Electra Floater hang-glider Complete Displayed
VX185 English Electric Canberra B.5 VX185 Nose Displayed
XN776 English Electric Lightning F.2A XN776 Complete Displayed
G-MBPM Eurowing Goldwing microlight G-MBPM Complete Displayed
Ferranti Phoenix RPV Complete Displayed
G-AGBN General Aircraft Cygnet II G-AGBN Complete Displayed
G-ARCX Gloster Meteor Mk.14 G-ARCX Complete Displayed
G-JSSD Handley Page Jetstream 31 G-JSSD Complete Displayed
G-BBBV Handley Page Jetstream 31 G-BBBV Mock-up Displayed
WF259 Hawker Sea Hawk F.2 WF259 Complete Displayed
XT288 Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.2B XT288 Complete Displayed
XV277 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1** XV277 Complete Displayed
G-ARPH Hawker Siddeley Trident 1C G-ARPH Nose Displayed
Hiway Cloudbase hang-glider Complete Displayed
Hiway Skytrike microlight Complete Displayed
G-ACVA Kay Gyroplane G-ACVA Complete Displayed
155848 McDonnell Douglas F-4S Phantom II 155848 Complete Displayed
191659 Messerschmitt Me 163B-1a Komet 191659 Complete Displayed
Mignet H.M.14 Pou-de-Ciel BAPC.12 Complete Displayed
3677 Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-15bis 3677 Complete Displayed
309 Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-15UTI 309 Cockpit Displayed
G-AHKY Miles M.18-2 G-AHKY Complete Displayed
Moonraker 77 hang-glider BAPC.195 Complete Displayed
G-BIRW Morane-Saulnier MS.505 Criquet G-BIRW Complete Displayed
ZE934 Panavia Tornado F.3 ZE934 Complete Displayed
WV493 Percival Provost T.1 G-BDYG Complete Displayed
Pilcher Hawk hang-glider BAPC.49 Complete Displayed
G-ATOY Piper Comanche 260B G-ATOY Complete Displayed
XL762 Saro Skeeter AOP.12 XL762 Complete Displayed
591 Schleicher Rhonlerche 591 Complete Displayed
G-AXEH Scottish Aviation Bulldog Series 1 G-AXEH Complete Displayed
G-BBVF Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer 2 G-BBVF Complete Displayed
Sigma II Metre hang-glider BAPC.196 Complete Displayed
BED Slingsby Gull I BED Complete Displayed
TS291 Slingsby T.8 Tutor TS291 Complete Displayed
BJV Slingsby T.21A XA228 Complete Displayed
XA228 Slingsby T.38 Grasshopper TX.1 XA228 Complete Displayed
G-ACYK Spartan Cruiser G-ACYK Fuselage Displayed
TE462 Supermarine Spitfire XVI TE462 Complete Displayed
LA198 Supermarine Spitfire F.21 LA198 Complete Displayed
G-AMOG Vickers Viscount 701 G-AMOG Complete Displayed
Waco CG-4A Hadrian Cockpit Displayed

** This Harrier was an early trials aircraft, used for aerodynamic testing of the GR.3 nose shape. No LRMTS was fitted.

NOTE: Some of the light aircraft listed above have been temporarily put into store. Weir W-2 autogiro [BAPC-85] W-2 has moved to the Royal Museum, Edinburgh.

Whirlwind XG594 has returned to the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Chobham Hall. Miles Monarch G-AFJU was not owned by the museum and has been asked to leave. Air and Space 18A G-BVWL has moved to The Helicopter Museum.

More Information

Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian, Scotland, EH39 5LF. Tel: 01620 897240, Fax: 01620 880355, e-mail: info@nms.ac.uk, Official Website.

Beech 18 G-ASUG (photo, Jeremy Briggs) Boeing 707 G-APFJ nose (photo, Jeremy Briggs)
Comet 4C G-BDIX (photo, Jeremy Briggs) Cockpit of the Comet (photo, Jeremy Briggs)
MiG-15bis 3677 (photo, Jeremy Briggs) F-4S Phantom 155848 (photo, Jeremy Briggs)

More photographs on the next page

Me 163B Komet (photo, Paul Harrison)

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4 thoughts on “National Museum of Flight Scotland

  1. The Spitfire Mk21, LA198, is listed here as both under renovation (in the opening paragraphs) and as being on display. The renovation of this aircraft was indeed carried out at East Fortune, but was completed in 2004, and since then, the aircraft has been displayed at the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow. I was Site Manager at the museum during the completion of this aircraft.

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