Scotland's National Airshow
27 Jul 2019
Join us for Scotland's National Airshow on Saturday 27 July 2019
Scotland's National Airshow is a spectacular day out for all ages. See aircraft old and new take to the skies for an afternoon of breathtaking aerial displays.
Back on the ground you can meet the flight crews and explore our hangars, then enjoy family activities and food stalls selling the best of local produce.
Adult £23, Concession* £20
Child 5-15 years £11 (under 5s free)
Family (2 adults, 2 children) £58
Car parking £5
* Over 60s, students with valid NUS or Young Scot card, unemployed with ID, disabled people (Carers of disabled people go free).
Book in person at our museums, call 0300 123 6789 or book online.
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
de Havilland Beaver
Blades Aerobatic Team
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Goodyear Corsair FG-1D
BAC Jet Provost T.5
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15UTI and Canadair T-33 Silver Star
RAF Grob Tutor
Vintage Pair Chipmunks
Royal Navy Wildcat
Royal Air Force
We are delighted to welcome back the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, including the iconic Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster. Joining them are the RAF’s Tutor Display team and the amazing, supersonic RAF Typhoon.
We have a number of fantastic aerobatic display teams including the AeroSuperBatics Wingwalkers and The Blades.
New! for 2019
We have several new aircraft for air display including the Second World War American P47 Thunderbolt and Corsair, the Yak 3 Russian Fighter, a T33 Silver Star jet and the welcome addition of the Army Historic Flight with their Beaver aircraft and Scout helicopter.
Completing the line-up
Completing the all-star line up are a MiG15 from the Royal Norwegian Historical Flight, a Jet Provost, a T6 Texan, a Catalina flying boat, and a vintage pair of Chipmunks and the Royal Navy will also thrill us with displays of their Wildcat helicopter.
Air display line-up subject to change.
New! Silver Star
The Canadair T-33 Silver Star was the Canadian license-built version of the American Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star jet trainer aircraft (T-bird), in service from the 1950s to 2005 with the Royal Canadian Airforce.
This T33 for Scotland's National Airshow is flown by the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron, was purchased from the USA in 2012 and is the only airworthy T-33 in Europe.
See a scenario on YouTube representative the type of T-33 display to expect at Scotland's National Airshow.
Image: © Jan Jorgensen
The North American AT 6 ‘Texan’ is the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) version of the very successful Harvard family, dating back to the late 1930s.
The T6 Texan flying in for Scotland's National Airshow G-KAMY was previously registered in Norway as LN-AMY, but has resided in the UK for many years.
See a scenario on YouTube representative the type of a T6 Texan display to expect at Scotland's National Airshow.
Image © Lee Howard
Blades Aerobatic Team
The Blades are a leading display team known worldwide for flying precision and close-formation aerobatics to the highest level since 2006. The team of former Red Arrows and award-winning pilots perform exhilarating, close-formation aerobatics at airshows across the UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle-East.
The pilots taking part in this year's airshow are all ex RAF Red Arrows. They are Andy Evans (Blade 1), Kirsty Murphy (Blade 2), Mike Ling (Blade 3) and James McMillan (Blade 4). Kirsty Murphy is the first and only ever female RAF Red Arrow.
See a scenario representative the type of Blades display to expect at Scotland's National Airshow.
New! Yakovlev Yak-3
New! for the 2019 air display is the Yakovlev Yak-3 single-seat Second World War fighter aircraft. It was the smallest and lightest combat fighters of the war and had excellent performance.
The aircraft taking part is G-OLEG and today is flown by Will Greenwood, the Chief Pilot of Classic Warbird Displays.
See a scenario representative of the Eastern Front during the Second World War with the Yak-3 and a Buchon G-BWUE on YouTube.
The Eurofighter Typhoon is a highly agile, twin engine delta wing, multirole fighter and is the Royal Air Force's only multi-role fast jet.
The Typhoon has been part of the air display on many occasions at Scotland's National Airshow and we welcome it back again to the line up for 2019.
See the Typhoon display that took place at Scotland's National Airshow in 2018 as part of the #RAF100 year.
RAF Typhoon at Scotland's National Airshow in 2018 © Spencer Harbar
On the ground
There will be a host of family entertainment and the chance to explore all this historic site, including the Second World War aircraft hangars, which are packed with exciting displays telling the stories of military and civil aviation over the past century.
50 years after Concorde first took to the skies, you will be able to step on board our iconic Concorde G-BOAA. You can also enjoy the family-friendly Fantastic Flight gallery with its interactive exhibits and discover the fascinating story of the R.34 airship in the Fortunes of War exhibition. This year marks the centenary of the airship’s record-breaking double crossing of the Atlantic.
Wings Parachute Display Team
The Wings Parachute display team was formed in 2017 and is made up of personnel who currently serve or have served in the Royal Air Force and guest jumpers from other armed forces and civilian parachute display teams.
Each team member has a minimum of 200 freefall descents and has undergone strict training and they all give their spare time to train and conduct displays.
After dropping at Scotland's National Airshow the team plan on re-packing their parachutes amongst the crowd, where you can meet them and ask questions about parachuting.
Visit the East Fortune's parachute store which has been carefully recreated from information preserved in a 1936 Parachute Maintenance manual.
You will see the pulleys holding drying parachutes from the ceiling, original stoves that were used to keep the store warm and dry and a very long table where the parachutes were laid out ready to be packed.
On the ground line-up
Meet the crew
- RAF Tutor team, Flight Officer Nick Humphreys
- Microlight pilots Sue and Jim Oliver
- Wing Commander Bob Wright (Retired), Royal Air Force, (Vulcan Navigator)
- Senior Engineering Officer David Carrington, former Royal Air Force engineer
- Captain Tony Yule, former British Airways Concorde First Officer
- Beaver and Scout helicopter pilot Richard Pillans
Music, performance and entertainment
- Aaron Duke’s No Limits Bike Trial Display
- The Mugen Taiko DoJo Drummers
- Family Entertainment Marquee
- Feis Rois Ltd (National Ceilidh Trail)
- Haddington Pipe Band
- Krazee Capers
- Radio Saltire
- Aine Hay Academy of Irish Dance
- Lytham St Anne's Spitfire Display team
- South East Scotland War Games
A host of trader exhibitor and charity stands including the RAF Air Training Corps and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and:
- Fairground rides
- Haddington Bouncy Castle and Slide
- RAF Presentation village
- RAF Bomber Command veterans
- Military vehicles and living history groups
Community Craft and Culture marquee
Featuring crafts, arts and produce from the local region.
Food and drink
There will be local caterers providing food and drink throughout the day.
Entertainment line-up subject to change.
Watching the air display © Ruth Armstrong Photography
How do I book tickets?
- Avoid delays by booking in advance. Tickets can be booked online, over the phone or in person at any National Museums Scotland museum.
- Tickets will be available for purchase online until 15:00 on Friday 26 July. If you book your tickets online, you must print your e-tickets and ensure you bring them with you on Airshow day.
- Tickets will be available for purchase in person at our museum sites until 17:00 on Friday 26 July. If you purchase your tickets in person, simply bring your them with you on the day.
- If you book your tickets by phone, you will receive your tickets in the post in advance of the Airshow – simply bring them with you on the day. Tickets booked by phone to be posted should be purchased by 17:00 on Friday 19 July. Tickets booked by phone after 19 July must be collected from a National Museums Scotland museum site prior to the Airshow.
- Please note you cannot collect pre-paid tickets on Airshow day, Saturday 27 July 2019.
- Tickets can also be purchased on the Airshow day at the gate (subject to availability).
- Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Customers who have lost their tickets will have to purchase replacement tickets.
- You don't have to be related to gain entry on a Family Ticket – it admits up to 2 adults and 2 children whether you are related or not. A Child ticket is for children between 5-15 years. Children 0-4 years are free. 16+ is considered to be an adult.
National Museum of Flight
East Fortune Airfield
Travel direct to Scotland's National Airshow from Edinburgh city centre with East Coast Buses. Special Service 777 leaves from Edinburgh's St Andrews Square (north side) with stops along the route to the National Museum of Flight. There is a charge for this bus service; find out more by downloading the timetable.
A shuttle bus runs directly to Scotland's National Airshow from North Berwick every 30 minutes, connecting with ScotRail's services from Edinburgh. There is a charge for this bus service; find out more by downloading the timetable.
The 121 service runs between Haddington and North Berwick via the National Museum of Flight Monday to Sunday from 1 April to 31 October 2019.
ScotRail runs regular services from Edinburgh to North Berwick.
Temporary one-way system
To assist with traffic management during Scotland's National Airshow, the B1347 (A199 to North Berwick Road) will be restricted to northbound, one-way traffic only, from a point 280 metres north of its junction with the C116 Needless Road to the East Fortune entrance at the roundabout. These restrictions will apply from 08:00 to 18:00 hours on Saturday 28 July 2019.
- Follow the A1 south and take the exit at Abbotsview Junction (this is the second exit to Haddington).
- Take the second exit from the roundabout onto the A199 for East Linton.
- After approximately 2.5 miles, turn left onto the B1347 and follow the signs for the National Museum of Flight.
- Look out for yellow AA road signs as you get closer.
From the south
- Follow the A1 north to Thistlycross Roundabout.
- Take the second exit to East Linton.
- At Beltonford Roundabout, take the second exit onto the A199 for East Linton.
- Drive to the next roundabout and take the second exit to East Linton on Mill Wynd (B1407).
- At East Linton, turn right onto Bridge Street (B1377).
- Follow the road through East Linton, drive past the Markle junction and continue for approximately half a mile, then take the next turning on the left to East Fortune, continuing to follow the B1377.
- Follow this road through East Fortune village until you come to the junction with the B1347. Turn left here to the Airshow.
- Look out for yellow AA road signs as you get closer.
Athelstaneford one-way system
- This year there will also be a one-way system operating from Athelstaneford from 15:00 to approx 18:00.
- The one-way system will operate on the Needless Road and the road which goes past Glebe Crescent towards the B1347.
- This means that from 15:00 until 18:00, traffic wishing to the village must do so from either direction of the B1343 only (ie. coming from the direction of Merryhatton or Kilduff).
- The road from Drem Station which joins the B1343 will also be available. You will not be able to enter the village directly from the B1347 at this time.
- Traffic leaving Athelstaneford will be unaffected but may encounter the one-way system on the B1347.
- Travelling east out of Edinburgh, take Cycle Route 76 for approx 23 miles to Haddington.
- Continue on Route 76 from Haddington, turn left towards A199, next turn right onto A199.
- After approximately 2.5 miles, turn left onto B1347 and follow the signs for the National Museum of Flight.
- Look out for yellow Airshow signs as you get closer.
From the south
- Pick up Cycle Route 76, following the A199 from East Linton. After approximately 6 miles, turn right onto the B1347 and follow the signs for the National Museum of Flight.
- Look out for yellow Airshow signs as you get closer.
Parking for bicycles at the Airshow is free. Cycle into the Airshow entrance and ask for directions to the cycle parking.
- Johnny’s Cabs 01620 826222
- Colin's Cabs 01620 825825
- Fortune Taxi Services 01620 800115
- Abbey Taxis 01620 824824
- A 2 B Taxis 01620 895000
- Elite Private Hire 01620 890490
- Jim’s Taxis call 01620 894900
- Parking at the Airshow is £5.
- The car park opens at 8:30.
- Signs will direct you to the car park.
- If you have purchased your admission ticket AND parking ticket in advance, please follow the Red Lanes for faster parking. Keep your e-ticket with you at all times for inspection and display your printed parking pass on your vehicle's dashboard.
- We have made arrangements to try to minimise the queuing time when approaching the site. Traffic approaching from the Haddington direction with red passes should move to the right-hand lane of the B1347 when you come to the one-way section and follow Red route signs.
- Traffic approaching from North Berwick should keep to the left when entering the car park and follow Red route signs.
- Those of you that have been to the Airshow in previous years will know how busy it can be. Please help us by having your tickets ready for inspection and by following the instructions from the Event Stewards and Police.
- The Red Lanes for advance ticket purchasers speed up the traffic flow. We can, however, process all tickets at both entrances.
- We can accept cash and cards at both entrances, the correct amount is greatly appreciated.
- Please note parking on roads or unauthorised areas around the perimeter of the Airshow is prohibited.
- The best and safest place to view the Airshow is within the grounds of the National Museum of Flight.
- Priority parking is available for Blue Badge holders.
- Blue Badges should be displayed clearly in order for personnel to direct you to the parking area for disabled visitors.
- Please carry your tickets with you at all times as they may be checked when entering the showground.
- A shuttle service will be available to take Blue Badge holders from the parking area into the Airshow ground.
- There are no cars allowed in the showground.
- Disabled visitors can make use of a dedicated viewing area on the crowd line at the Airshow. This is on hard standing but not covered.
- Carers are welcome to bring seating.
- British Red Cross offer a wheelchair hire service on the day for a donation of £10 for the day). Call 01506 409 927 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and collect on the day at the Wheelchair collection point, marked no. 5 the on the downloadable Site Map.
Hints and tips
- The showground opens at 10:00 with on the ground activities starting at 10:00.
- The air displays will start at approximately 12:30 and finish at approximately 16:30.
- The Airshow closes at 17:00.
- Access to all of the museum hangars and exhibitions, including Concorde, is included with your admission to the Airshow.
- If you have purchased a programme in advance, please bring your voucher to the Airshow and after entering you can exchange it for an Airshow programme at a designated booth.
- The programme can also be purchased from the Information Booth and the National Museum of Flight shop on the day.
Finding your way around
- The information point and programme booth are just inside the main entrance on the left-hand side, next to the Rotary Clubs Wristband Scheme marquee.
- Located at the site entrance and throughout the site, the sitemap displays the attractions and the timings of the displays. The map is also on the rear cover of the programme.
- Free children's identity wristbands can be obtained from the Rotary Clubs’ marquee (Rotary Clubs of Dunbar, Tranent, North Berwick, Haddington, Longniddry). Complete the wristband with your mobile phone number and attach to your child’s wrist.
- If a child gets separated from the parents, he/she should go to any official who will immediately phone the number on the wristband to bring parents/guardian and child together again.
- Separated from your group? It's a good idea to pre-arrange a meeting point, in case you get separated from family and friends – this could be the Information Booth at the main entrance.
- If you get lost or lose members of your party, please speak to one of the Emergency Services, Staff or Stewards on site. Helpful things to highlight are what the person was wearing and where they were last seen.
Toilets and changing facilities
- Toilet locations are all highlighted on the Airshow map.
- Please bring your own supply of nappies, as we do not sell them on site.
- All disabled toilet changing facilities will have baby changing facilities inside.
- There will be a temporary private adult changing facility on site in the Pamilooo vehicle.
Items that are not permitted
- No pets are allowed at the Airshow. Assistance dogs only are permitted.
- No drones. Restrictions of Flying Regulations have been established under Article 89 of the Air Navigation Order 2009 between 12:15 hours (local) and 17:15 hours (local) on Saturday 27 July 2019.
- No Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems shall be flown at this location without the permission of the East Fortune Air Show flying display director.
- No laser pens, kites or any other flying apparatus permitted on site.
- Full details can be found in the Airshow terms and conditions.
You are welcome to take photos and video of the ground action and air display. Please share your highlights social media using #AirshowScot.
Eating and drinking
- You won't go hungry at the Airshow! The Aviator Café offers freshly prepared meals plus teas, coffees and hot and cold snacks. There are also a variety of food vendors and caterers from the East Lothian region.
- You are welcome to bring your own food to the event but you are not able to bring a barbeque. No naked flames or barbeques are allowed on site or in the car park.
- There is a licensed bar on site.
If you run out of money, cash machines are available on site but will incur a charge.
Comfort and safety
- Remember to bring appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather. We recommend bringing your own seating or waterproof rugs to sit on when watching the air display
- Make sure you are protected from the sun, especially children. It's also a good idea to drink plenty of fluids, even if you're not thirsty.
- You can purchase ear defenders and earplugs from the museum's shop (advisable for small children).
- Please listen and adhere to any public announcements on the tannoy system. These are for your own safety.
- Please don’t hesitate to stop one of the Emergency Services or Airshow personnel wearing a high-visibility jacket if you have a question or require assistance.
- Please be aware you may be subject to searches on entry to the showground. Full details of what is not permitted on site are detailed in item 15 of our Airshow terms and conditions.
Terms and conditions
By purchasing and/or using a ticket to Scotland’s National Airshow (the Event), you are agreeing to National Museums Scotland’s (charity number SC011130 with its registered office at National Museums Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF) (the Organiser) terms and conditions as follows:
- Tickets are non-refundable or exchangeable.
- Tickets are valid only for the time, day and event stated on them.
- Tickets are not for re-sale. The ticket holder shall not sell or transfer or attempt to sell or transfer tickets for the Event to any third party without the Organiser’s prior consent.
- If you have purchased tickets in advance, they will be sent by post or by email for you to print as an e-ticket. Please ensure before you travel that you have your tickets or have printed your e-tickets.
- Proof of entitlement to concessions will be requested upon entry.
- Lost, damaged or forgotten tickets will not be replaced.
- National Museums Scotland Members must ensure their Memberships are valid on both the date of purchase and the date of the Event. A valid Membership card must be shown for each discounted ticket purchased.
- All flying is subject to serviceability, availability, operational requirements and weather, therefore, it may become necessary to vary the programme due to any of these occurrences.
- The Organiser reserves the right to cancel or postpone the flying programme or any other aspect of the Event in the interest of public safety or due to any event outside its control. If the flying programme is cancelled or curtailed in the interests of public safety or due to circumstances beyond the Organiser’s control, such as force majeure (for example, but not limited to, an act of God, outbreak of hostilities, riot, civil disturbance, act or threatened act of terrorism, fire, explosion, flood, fog or bad weather, power failure, failure of telecommunications lines, theft or malicious damage), the Organiser will not be obliged to offer any refunds. Your statutory rights are not affected.
- If the Organiser cancels the Event prior to the event, a full refund of the face value of the ticket will be made. Where possible such refund will be made to the purchaser via the original method of payment.
- Any refund made will exclude booking fees.
- To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Organiser reserves the right to refuse admission and to remove persons from the Event for any reason where considered necessary in the interests of public safety. No refunds will be offered in such circumstances. The Organiser may conduct security searches to ensure the safety of the persons at the Event.
- The Organiser is not responsible for any loss, injury or damage, howsoever caused, to the ticket holder except where any such loss, injury or damage is caused by the negligence of the Organiser, its employees or agents.
- The Organiser is not responsible for any loss, injury or damage caused to the ticket holder directly or indirectly as a result of the Organiser exercising its right of cancellation in accordance with term 8 above.
- The following items may not under any circumstance be brought onto the site:-
drones or any other unmanned aerial vehicles/systems, explosive substances or materials, pyrotechnics, offensive weapons and firearms (including replica or toy firearms), projectiles and similar devices
megaphones, amplifiers, loud speakers, whistles, lights and lasers;
gazebos and similar structures;
banners or placards on poles;
paint, chemicals, spray cans and other associated apparatus;
barbecues, any pets except assistance dogs (including any within vehicles in the car parks). Bicycles are only permitted in the car parks; or
any other item which, in the reasonable opinion of the Organiser, may cause personal injury or property damage, disruption to the Event, public nuisance or inconvenience, offence or distress or security risks.
- Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult
- During the Event, the site is classed as a public area and is subject to the normal rules and regulations that apply to public areas.
- No person shall, without the Organiser’s prior written consent, sell, license, or attempt to sell or license any material whether written or in the form of digital or photographic film, sound, video or other recording on computer software, obtained or made at the Event.
- Strictly no trading is permitted at or in the vicinity of the Event, other than that which is previously agreed with the Organiser.
- Please note that it is illegal to smoke or to use e-cigarettes inside buildings and enclosed structures.
- These terms of conditions may be varied by the Organiser from time to time with reasonable notice.
- Disabled ticket holders are entitled to be accompanied by one carer who shall be granted free entry to the Event.
- Tickets for the Event are not valid in conjunction with group rates or promotional offers, unless specified.
- Please retain your ticket(s) throughout your visit.
- If any part of these terms is found to be invalid or unenforceable that provision shall apply with whatever modification is necessary to give effect to the intended commercial intention of the original provision and the other provisions will remain in force.
- These terms shall be governed by the laws of Scotland and you submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Scotland.