Our newly restored hangars tell the stories of military and civil aviation over the past 100 years, showcasing our world-class collection of aircraft alongside uniforms, documents and photographs, in immersive, interactive and thought-provoking displays.

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Making aviation history

Built in 1940–41, the hangars were originally designed to last just a few years. Over 70 years later, they are part of the East Fortune Airfield Scheduled Monument, and provide an important link to Scotland’s wartime history and aviation story. In fact, East Fortune is the UK’s best-preserved Second World War airfield.

In 2014, we started a £3.6 million project to restore these hangars.

Above: Conservator Thilo Burgel cleans up the nose cone of an Avro Anson aircraft at the newly redeveloped civil aviation hangar at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield  © Paul Dodds.

The project included work to improve the environmental conditions within the hangars, which allows us to better look after our collections and display other objects such as uniforms, documents and photographs for the first time. It also enables us to use audio visual and interactive exhibits to enhance the stories within the displays.

A new chapter in the East Fortune story

The new hangars were opened on Friday 25 March 2016. Dramatic displays tell the stories behind one of Europe’s best collections of aircraft, while fascinating interviews and archive footage introduce the people who flew and worked with them.

You can find out more about all the things to see and do here.

Civil Aviation hangar

Above: Inside the newly restored Civil Aviation Hangar at National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield © Ruth Armstrong.

Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop visits the new hangars

Watch Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, when she visited the National Museum of Flight in February, for a sneak preview of the new hangars.

Our supporters

We have invested £3.6 million in the restoration, with the support of the Scottish Government, the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Robertson Trust, The MacRobert Trust, Viridor Credits and East Lothian Council.

Supported by

Scottish GovernmentHeritage Lottery Fund Macrobert

   East Lothian Council   Viridor

Header Image: Second World War Supermarine Spitfire at he newly redeveloped military aviation hangar at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield © Paul Dodds.

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New hangars blog posts

Read about the work taking place at the National Museum of Flight to transform two Second World War hangars into homes for our world class aircraft collection.

Visitors' views

What do visitors think of our new Military and Civil Aviation Hangars at the National Museum of Flight?
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Museum information

Opening times

Winter opening

Open weekends until end of March 2019

November 2018 – March 2019
Saturday and Sunday only

Summer opening

30 March - 31 October 2018
Open every day


Adult £12
Concession £10*
Child(5-15) £7 (under 5 free)
Family £31 (2 adults and 2 children)

National Museums Scotland Members Free  

* 60+, students with valid NUS or Young Scot card, unemployed with ID, disabled people. Carers of disabled people free.

All tickets include a discretionary donation
Discounts available for group bookings and those travelling by bicycle
School visits are free (charges apply for some workshops)

Concorde Audio Guide Free

Free parking

There is an extra charge for some events

How to find us

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