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Second World War: Meet the pilot

Learn about the life of a pilot during the Second World War.

Our Digital Schools Sessions bring the museum to your classroom. Our free sessions are led by our team of Enablers and are broadcast using Microsoft Teams. Read our FAQs for further information about our sessions.

About the session


Second World War: Meet the Pilot

Suitable for

Primary 6–7


This session is fully booked


11:30–11:55, 13:30–13:55


25 mins


Sessions are free of charge and are available to UK-based schools only.

By the end of the session, we will have

understood how pilots dressed and what their lives were like during the Second World War.


Your pupils will discover how RAF East Fortune, now the site of the National Museum of Flight, was part of a network of defences for the east coast of Scotland through contemporary and modern photographs.

Our costumed interpreter will show your pupils how a sergeant pilot would have dressed and discuss how they might have felt. From uniforms that might have made them feel proud to sheepskin jackets that kept them warm and helped them to be rescued, your pupils will study real and replica clothing.

This session also includes a number of items issued to pilots to help them escape if they were shot down over enemy territory, including escape boots that transformed into a civilian shoes, maps printed on silk that could be hidden in their braces, and a compass so small it would fit inside a button.

Curriculum links

I can use primary and secondary sources selectively to research events in the past.
SOC 2-01a

I can investigate a Scottish historical theme to discover how past events or the actions of individuals or groups have shaped Scottish society.
SOC 2-03a

I can compare and contrast a society in the past with my own and contribute to a discussion of the similarities and differences.
SOC 2-04a

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