There are lots of fun things for kids to do on a day out at the museum. Set their imaginations soaring!
A passenger plane that flies faster than the speed of sound may sound like science fiction, but this supersonic plane really flew – in the 1970s! Follow in the footsteps of old school celebrities as you board this iconic aircraft.
RAF hotshots the Red Arrows are famous around the world for their daring flying displays. See a real Red Arrows Hawk – the only one in a UK museum – next to Scotland's Concorde.
How do aircraft stay in the sky? Explore the science of flight in our Fantastic Flight gallery. Feel the force as you try out over 25 hands-on activities in this family-friendly gallery.
In 1966, record-breaking aviator Sheila Scott flew solo round the world in her plane Myth Too. She used coffee to stay awake on night flights and had to endure many physical hardships. You can see Myth Too and find out more about this extraordinary woman in the Fantastic Flight gallery.
Get behind the controls of the R34 airship in our Fantastic Flight gallery. Can you land it safely at East Fortune Airfield? It's harder than it looks!
Did you know that East Fortune Airfield, home of the National Museum of Flight, is the UK's best-preserved Second World War airfield? Amaze your teachers and friends with everything you learn about the First and Second World Wars in the Fortunes of War gallery, which tells the story of East Fortune at war.
Climb up to the viewing platform in Hangar 2 to see our military aircraft up close. Planes you'll see include a Spitfire, Komet and Jaguar. This is also a great place to watch the dramatic film show that brings them to life.
Think all fire engines are red? Think again! Bedford fire engines were used by the Auxilliary Fire Service after the Second World War. These fire engines were green, and were known as ‘Green Goddesses’. Our Green Goddess was based at East Fortune when it was a working airfield.
Whizz down the zipline and tackle army-style climbing frames in our outdoor adventure playground. Children must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult.
All aboard out land train for a ride around the site! Stop off at the hangars or take a tour before exploring more on foot. (Please note the Airfield Explorer is currently out of service. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.)
Illustrations by Dawson Creative.
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