National Museum of Flight
The National Museum of Flight Scotland
is situated 22 miles east of Edinburgh, 6 miles south of
This is the top Aviation Museum in
Scotland, covering mainly British built
Fighters, Passenger Jets, and Civilian
The Museum can be visited throughout
the year with an entrance fee. Postcode:
See also a large Click On
Map for Top Attractions in the area.
The image top is of the British Aircraft
Corporation Passenger Jet
1-11 and the Concorde Hanger. The BAC 1-11
passenger jet entered service in 1965, used as
a short haul aircraft with many UK and US
airlines until the 1990s.
The second image shows the Aviation Cafe at
the Concorde Hanger.
The Concorde Hanger contains a UK Concorde,
Concorde Engines, and a Red Arrows Hawk.
Concorde was in service form 1969 - 2003, with
a cruise speed 1,340 mph.
The UK BAC TSR-2
fighter jet first flew in 1964 with a top speed
of 1,800 mph, faster than the American
fighters, only the MIG 25 had a
similar top speed. This aircraft is said to
have provided the engine technology and
airframe design to build Concorde. This fighter
aircraft never made it into production, due to
its high cost.
The Russian version of Concorde, the
Tupolev Tu 144,
entered service in 1977 with a cruise speed of
The North American XB-70 Valkyrie
nuclear bomber first flew in 1964 with a cruise
speed of 2,000 mph. This aircraft had a similar
design as Concorde. The Valkyrie never made it
into production, as by that time, the Russians
had developed missiles that could shoot it
down, and its incredible cost.
The Avro Vulcan
Nuclear Bomber is outside by the Fighter
Aircraft Hanger. This aircraft entered service
in 1956 with its main role to drop Nuclear Bombs
on Russia should World War Three break out.
1960 - a US spy plane was shot down by a
Russian Missile at 68,000ft. The Vulcan Bombers
then had to be used at low level, under
Also outdoor is a De Havilland
Comet, the worlds fist passenger jet
airliner, built in the UK. This aircraft was
taken out of service in 1997. The early Comet's
were know for cracks in the corners of their
windows, leading to all passenger jets from
that time having windows with round
The Fighter Aircraft Hanger has mainly the
top fighters built in the UK, such as the
the 1938, Meteor Jet 1944, Lightning fast
interceptor 1959, Harrier Jump
Jet 1969, Jaguar 1973,
The fighter Hanger also contains a German
Rocket Plane, the Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet.
The History Building has a video room and
gives information on the Air Base from when it
opened during World War One till it was
converted to a Museum.
East Fortune History
1915 - the airfield at East Fortune was
established to serve as a Fighter and Airship
airfield, with the Airships and Fighters used
to protect shipping in the Firth of Forth and
1918 - the Royal Air Force, RAF was formed,
with East Fortune becoming one of 66 Training
Depot Stations (TDS).
1918 - a prototype Sopwith Snipe
aircraft was tested at East Fortune. The Snipe
was then used at the Torpedo Airplane School at
1919 - the British airship R34 made the
first ever return flight across the Atlantic
between East Fortune and Mineola, New York,
taking 4 days to cross to the US.
1920 - East Fortune was closed with the base
used as a Tuberculosis Hospital.
1940 - East Fortune was re-opened for World
War Two to be used as a night fighter training
unit with aircraft such as the Bristol
Beaufighter and later the de Havilland
1946 - after World War Two, East Fortune was
closed with the base once again used as a
Hospital, this time for people with learning
difficulties and the elderly.
1950 - East Fortune was leased to the United
States Air Force as a dispersal base for
strategic bombers during the Cold War.
1960 - as the site was never used by the US
Airforce, it was sold by the Air Ministry.
1961 - East Fortune was used in the summer
as a Civilian Airport while Edinburgh Airport
was closed for construction work.
1976 - the Scottish National Museum of
Flight was opened at the East Fortune
1984 - a Vulcan Bomber was delivered to the
Museum as a permanent display.
1997 - the Hospital at East Fortune was
2004 - a Concorde was put on permanent
display at East Fortune, one year after they
were taken out of service.