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Top 10 activities to try with kids

There are lots of fun things for kids to do on a day out at the National Museum of Flight. Set their imaginations soaring!

1. Climb on board Concorde

Follow in the footsteps of old school celebrities as you board this iconic aircraft and to see what it was like to fly faster than the speed of sound!

2. See a Red Arrows Hawk

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.

3. Find out why things fly

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.

4. Be part of the jet set

Be part of the 1960s jet set and climb on board the UK's only surviving Boeing 707 cockpit and cabin and find out what made commercial air travel at this time so special.

5. Fly an airship

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! 

Images: © Ruth Armstrong Photography

6. Wartime East Fortune

The National Museum of Flight, is the UK's best-preserved Second World War airfield? Amaze your teachers and friends with everything you will learn in Fortunes of War.

7. Get a bird's-eye view 

Climb up to the viewing platform in our Military Aviation Hangar to see our military aircraft up close. Planes you'll see include a Spitfire, Komet and Jaguar. 

8. Pack a parachute

During the Second World War, East Fortune Airfield was an active Royal Air Force base. Learn how to pack a parachute correctly in our original Parachute Store.

9. Attack the Assault Course

Supervise your children as they Whizz down the zipline and tackle army-style climbing frames in our outdoor adventure playground. 

10.Explore our historic airfield

Pick-up a site map and head outdoors to stretch your legs and explore our historic airfield, see our outdoor aircraft and inside our aviation hangars.


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