Discover Edinburgh Things to Do in Edinburgh Museums National Museum of Flight


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East Fortune Airfield,
East Lothian EH39 5LF

Tel : 0300 123 6789
Uncover our fascination of flying at the National Museum of Flight, in the village of East Fortune, East Lothian, not far from Edinburgh. A significant military airfield in both world wars, this site is protected as a historic monument and witnessed the record braking east-west transatlantic flight of the R34 Airship in July 1919.

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Visitors can marvel at the collection of early inventions in the world of aviation, designed by pioneers of the early 20th Century. A classic showpiece is the famous Wright Brothers' Model A biplane, developed to full-size in later years.

Comprising 4 hangars, the Museum of Flight invites visitors to take advantage of Britain's largest aviation collection, which includes aircraft, engines, rockets, models, instruments, flying clothing, photographs, an archive collection and reference library. The cutting-edge designs used in naval and military aircraft can all be enjoyed in Hangar 1, where the museum's military collection is on display.

Hangars 2 and 3 boast an impressive combination of passenger and pleasure aircraft where you can catch a glimpse of the first passenger planes. Standing majestically outside Hanger 2 is the Comet 4c, the world's first passenger plane of the jet age. Take a preview of the museum's special collection in Hanger 3 and uncover Scotland's significant contribution to the world of aviation.

The undoubted jewel in the Museum of Flight's crown is unveiled in Hanger 4, the Concorde Experience, housing the first commercial concord in the British Airways fleet. Get up close and admire the design of this remarkable aircraft. Visitors can choose to step on board Concorde and walk in the footsteps of those high fliers and celebrities who flew on it until the retiring of the fleet in 1999. Please not that On-Tours must be pre-booked prior to arrival.

The National Museum of Flight is managed by the Royal Museums of Scotland and a reasonable entrance fee is charged.