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Edinburgh's City Guide

National Museum of Flight

Scotland’s national aviation museum is just over 20 miles from Edinburgh, at the East Fortune Airfield in East Lothian. It’s one of the National Museums Scotland and the National Museum of Flight is a fantastic way of seeing the history of aviation, with many aircraft on display from examples of the first aircraft to modern feats of engineering.

The museum is based in the original wartime buildings that were used by RAF East Fortune and it’s proud to be one of the UK’s best preserved wartime airfields. With this in mind the site has been named a scheduled ancient monument, which mean no permanent structures can be added and no major changes can be made either.

When it comes to exhibits, the historic airfield is home to 43 aircraft including an example of Concorde, Spitfire, Tiger Moth and Comets. You can check out the specs of each aircraft, how fast they flew, how they were built and almost anything you want to know, is available to discover.

New exhibitions are organised regularly to ensure a true picture of the history of aviation, particularly that related to the First and Second World Wars is available. Admission fees are set at £10 for adults, £8 for concessions and £5 for children aged 5+ and there are also family tickets available.

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