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 giving
information on the Air Base from when it opened
during World War One till it was converted to a
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.