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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
30 March - 31 October 2018
Open every day
November 2017 – March 2018
Saturday and Sunday only
The Airfield Explorer is currently out of service due to repair work. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Child(5-15) £7 (under 5 free)
Family £31 (2 adults and 2 children)
National Museums Scotland Members 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
There is an extra charge for some events