National Museum of FlightWritten by Administrator
East Fortune played a major role in both First and Second World War, and is now home to the National Museum of Flight.
In 1971, the Ministry of Defence donated a Supermarine Spitfire to the Royal Museum, Edinburgh.
Due to lack of space to accommodate the aeroplane, permission was granted for the museum to acquire one of the hangars on the former south side of RAF East Fortune as a storehouse for their aeronautical exhibits - the seeds were sown for the development of the National Museum of Flight. The museum officially opened to the public on 7 July 1975.
Today East Fortune still reverberates to the sound of aircraft engines, whether they be from low flying RAF jets or from air displays put on by the museum. East Fortune may not be the most remembered of airfields but this once busy military site has earned its place in history.
Things to see and do:
Explore the aircraft collection from iconic Concorde, to the jet set in the Boeing 707, learn how to pack a parachute and take take-off with Fantastic Flight!
Experience life inside a Second World War parachute store.
Newly restored to its original Second World War appearance, the Parachute Store is where parachutes were dried and repacked ready for use. See the original furniture and storage used, but mind your head as our parachutes hang from the ceiling!
Discover the story of Concorde and find out about the technology behind supersonic flight and life on board. Follow in the footsteps of the rich and famous by climbing on board to see this iconic plane up close.
The Nimrod XV241:
The Nimrod XV241 front fuselage is now on display at National Museum of Flight.
Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer:
Only 89 Twin Pioneers were ever built - and you can see one in the National Museum of Flight.
Work your way through our four hangars, which tell the story of aviation from military to civil aviation.
Fortunes of War:
Uncover the story of service at East Fortune from RAF crew, photographs, film and unique artefacts.
Get to grips with the mechanics of flight and how to pilot an aircraft with our hands-on interactives!
For more information including opening times and the displays on show please see their website.