Experience the history and drama of flight as never before! Join the jet set aboard Concorde and our Boeing 707, discover amazing aircraft and incredible stories in our military and civil aviation hangars, immerse yourself in wartime history or explore the science of flight in our interactive family gallery.

Military Aviation Hangar

This newly restored hangar tells the stories of aircraft in war, from the first use of air-to-air weapons in 1914 to drone warfare in the 21st century.  Here you can see how the technology of military aircraft and their weapons has developed, and meet the people who designed and flew combat aircraft, or whose lives were changed by conflict.

Key aircraft include the world-famous Spitfire, the oldest surviving Harrier jump jet, and the Tornado F3, only recently replaced in RAF service by the Eurofighter Typhoon. Also on display is an English Electric Lightning, the RAF's first supersonic jet fighter, which could match the speed of Concorde.

Alongside these pioneering aircraft are thought-provoking displays of uniforms, photographs and documents, telling the stories of people whose lives have been affected by aerial warfare.

Military Aviation Hangar. Photo by Ruth Armstrong.

Above: Military Aviation Hangar © Ruth Armstrong.

Civil Aviation Hangar

People have always dreamed of flying; to have the freedom to soar with the birds. That same desire drives the passion many people have today for flying.

This redeveloped hangar explores some of the different uses of civilian aircraft, from ‘Flying for Fun’ and ‘Connecting Communities’ to how ‘Aerial Photography’ gives us a bird’s-eye view of the world.

Highlights include one of the most versatile aircraft ever built, the Britten-Norman Islander, and a Druine Turbulent microlight plane built in a family home in Airdrie!

Civil Aviation Hangar © Ruth Armstrong

Above: Civil Aviation Hangar © Ruth Armstrong.

The Concorde Experience

When Concorde first took to the skies, she epitomized a brave new world of scientific and technological innovation, of European co-operation and space age sophistication. Get up close to Scotland's Concorde, G-BOAA, in Hangar 4 and find out what made supersonic travel so special. You find out more about the Concorde Experience here.


Above: The Concorde Experience.

Red Arrows Hawk

In April 2018 we welcomed the arrival of a fantastic Red Arrows Hawk T.1A to the collection at National Museum of Flight. It is the only Red Arrows Hawk on display in any UK museum and now sits alongside Concorde G-BOAA, an aircraft with which the Red Arrows flew in formation on many occasions. You can find out more about the Hawk here.

The Red Arrows Hawk in the National Museum of Flight.

Above: The Red Arrows Hawk. 

The Jet Age

Alongside Concorde in Hangar 4 you'll also find the UK's only surviving Boeing 707 cockpit and cabin and discover the role of this iconic aircraft in ushering in the age of commercial passenger travel and creating the original 'jet set' of the 1960s.

You’ll find G-APFJ, also known as Foxtrot Juliet, in Hangar 4, alongside Concorde. Discover how she was built and watch interviews with passengers and former crew members, who explain how their lives were transformed by the introduction of the early jet aircraft and the growth in transatlantic flights.

Boeing exhibition

Above: Boeing 707 cockpit and cabin.

Due to its revolutionary design, the Boeing 707 could fly faster than any other passenger jet at the time. As a result, fewer stops were needed to refuel. This made it possible to fly from New York to London in just six and a half hours.

The early flights, however, were hugely expensive and their exclusivity to pop celebrities such as the Beatles, Sandie Shaw and Twiggy, and sports stars such as Jackie Stewart coined the expression the 'jet set' for a whole generation.

Fantastic Flight

Explore our three hands-on galleries and find out how aeroplanes fly, how they are built and the skills needed to fly them. Join in with over 25 activities and feel the force of lift, discover what planes are made of and test your own skills. Can you navigate your way round the world or land an aeroplane? Try your hand with our flight simulators.

Steering an airship in Fantastic Flight

Above: Piloting an airship in Fantastic Flight!

Get to grips with the mechanics of flight with buttons, dials, switches, propellers and wings. Look out for a Wright Brothers engine, the propeller from an aeroplane which flew over Everest and Shelia Scott's record-breaking Piper Comanche, which she flew solo around the world!

Fortunes of War

The National Museum of Flight stands on the UK's best-preserved Second World War airfield. Fortunes of War recounts the vivid human story of this historic military airfield. Through personal testimony, photographs, film and unique artefacts, it tells the story of service at East Fortune.

Exploring the history of East Fortune in Fortunes of War

Above: Exploring the history of East Fortune in Fortunes of War.

See wings from an East Fortune Sopwith Cuckoo and the original painted gate from the Royal Naval Air Station. View objects from R34, East Fortune's record-breaking airship, which flew to North America and back in the first ever trans-Atlantic crossing.

Discover how the airfield has changed during the years with our interactive map, navigate an airship to find the enemy submarine and watch historic film footage. Get a first-hand look at what life was like on an active airbase with models, aircraft parts, uniforms and flying equipment.

Parachute Store

A parachute is an essential piece of air crew equipment, and this oddly-shaped building is where these vital life-savers were kept in pristine condition, ready for active service. 

Packing parachutes in the Parachute Store

Above: Packing parachutes.

Easily recognised from the outside amongst the more familiar bunkers, aircraft hangars and Nissen huts on site, East Fortune’s parachute store 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.

The Military and Civil Aviation Hangars are supported by

Scottish GovernmentHeritage Lottery Fund Macrobert 

  East Lothian Council   Viridor

Fantastic Flight! is supported by

Viridor   Selex Galileo Arts And Business Scotland

Fortunes of War is supported by


Explore more

The Concorde Experience

It's over 40 years since Scotland's Concorde took to the skies in the first BA Concorde fleet commercial passenger flight. Don't miss the chance to get up close to G-BOAA.

Red Arrows Hawk

This iconic Red Arrows Hawk T.1A was flown by the Royal Air Force (RAF) Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows.

Our aircraft

Explore the story of aviation from the start of the 20th century to the present day through our collection of military and civil aircraft.

Avro Anson G-APHV

This vintage Avro Anson first flew in 1935, when it represented leading edge technology.

Avro Vulcan B.2A

See the world's first delta winged bomber on display at National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield.

Britten-Norman Islander G-BELF

The island-hopping Britten-Norman Islander is one of the most versatile aircraft ever built.

Concorde G-BOAA

For almost 30 years, anyone who could afford the ticket could shoot across the globe at twice the speed of sound. How? By flying on Concorde, the world’s only supersonic passenger aeroplane.
Two Harriers prepare to land onboard HMS Illustrious during Exercise Joint Warrior 2008. © Crown Copyright


Hawker Siddeley Harrier

Known as the ‘jump jet’, the Harrier was the world’s first vertical take-off combat aeroplane to enter operational service. The Harrier at the National Museum of Flight is the oldest in existence.

Messerschmitt Komet

The Messerschmitt Komet was the fastest aircraft of the Second World War, and the only rocket-powered fighter plane ever to be used in combat.

Nimrod XV241 front fuselage

This Nimrod XV241 served with the RAF from the early 1970s until March 2010.

Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer

Only 89 Twin Pioneers were ever built – and you can see one in the National Museum of Flight.

Supermarine Spitfire LF.XVIe

The Spitfire is the most famous of all British combat aircraft, and played a vital role in the Battle of Britain in 1940.
Museum information

Opening times

April–October 2019
Open every day

November 2019–March 2020
Open weekends


Adult £12.50
Concession £10.50*
Child (5-15) £7.50 (under 5 free) 
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £33

National Museums Scotland Members free  

*Over 60s, students with valid NUS or Young Scot card,
unemployed with ID, disabled people (Carers of disabled people go free).

All tickets include a discretionary donation

Extra charges for some events

Free parking

Free Concorde audio guide 

Discounts available for group bookings and those travelling by bicycleSchool visits are free (charges apply for some workshops).

How to find us

East Fortune Airfield,
East Lothian,
EH39 5LF
Tel: 0300 123 6789
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