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Explore the hangars

Experience the history and drama of flight in spectacular hangars and galleries.

Join the jet set aboard Concorde and discover amazing aircraft in our Military and Civil Aviation Hangars.

Boarding of our outdoor aircraft is available at various times throughout the day. Please ask a member of staff for boarding times, or visit the shop for the full day’s boarding programme.

Please note we are unable to open the outdoor aircraft in heavy rain or strong winds so boarding is weather dependent. Boarding of Concorde is available all day.

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Fantastic Flight

Explore three hands-on galleries and find out how aeroplanes fly, how they are built and the skills needed to be a pilot. Can you navigate your way round the world or land an aeroplane?

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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.

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The Concorde Experience

Climb on board Scotland's Concorde and find out what made supersonic travel so special.

Go supersonic!
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Red Arrows Hawk

Come up close to this famous aircraft – the only Red Arrows Hawk on display in Scotland.

Find out more about the Hawk
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Parachute store

Carefully recreated from wartime records, the parachute store reveals the secrets behind this essential piece of aircrew equipment. Discover how parachutes were made, repaired, stored and packed for active service.

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Military Aviation Hangar

Discover the story of aircraft in war, from the first use of air-to-air weapons in 1914 to drone warfare in the 21st century. Explore how military technology has developed, and meet the people who designed and flew combat aircraft, or whose lives were changed by conflict.

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Civil Aviation Hangar

People have always dreamed of flying and having the freedom to soar with the birds. This hangar explores different uses of civilian aircraft, from flying for fun and exploring the world to connecting distant communities.

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Supported by

Thanks to our sponsors for supporting our hangars and galleries.

  • Scottish Government
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  • Macrobert
  • Viridor
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  • Selex Galileo
  • Arts And Business Scotland
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