The National Museum of Flight

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Concorde is one of the museum’s flagship exhibits
Concorde is one of the museum’s flagship exhibits

The National Museum of Flight, Scotland’s national aviation museum at East Fortune Airfield in East Lothian is housed in the original wartime buildings of RAF East Fortune – one of the best preserved wartime airfields in the UK.

Four main exhibits are contained within different hangers: military aviation; civil aviation; storage and restoration; and Concorde. Outside is a De Havilland Comet, the first commercial jet airliner to enter production, the Avro Vulcan strategic bomber and a BAC 1-11 jetliner.

Concorde is a stunning piece of design which shot through the sky at twice the speed of sound. A prototype engine and a model of a pre-production prototype Concorde are displayed. Visitors can learn about the technical and scientific issues behind supersonic flight with an interactive challenge.

The restored front fuselage of a Boeing 707 has been repainted in its original 1960s colour scheme. Accompanying the 707, G-APFJ is an exhibition explaining the aircraft’s role in ushering in the age of commercial passenger travel and in the creation of the original ‘jet set’ of the 1960s.

There is ample coach parking onsite, and coach drivers can enjoy a free visit to the museum (Concorde boarding pass inclusive) and a complimentary lunch. For groups of more than 10, adults pay only £8.55 per person for entry into the museum, with concessions costing £6.75. Children under five can enter free of charge, and pre-booking a visit is not a requirement.

For more information on exhibits and opening times at the National Museum of Flight, visit here