Scottish National Museum of Flight - East Fortune

23/08/2023

Whilst around the east coast of Scotland in August, I took the opportunity to take a look at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune Airfield, approximately 45 minutes east of Edinburgh. This site offers lots of interesting aircraft, most of which I wouldn't have imagined seeing here! If you're ever that way of the world, I highly recommend visiting.

The first aircraft visible to us as we entered the carpark was this BAC 111 in desperate need of some TLC.

British Airways BAC 111 G-AVMO

One of East Fortunes' main attractions is the world-famous Concorde, seen below resting in it's hangar. For how this hangar was laid out, I was left with no option but to shoot both the Concorde and Red Arrow Hawk with my phone as I didn't have a small enough lens!

BAC/Aerospatiale Concorde G-BOAA

BOAC Boeing 707 G-APFJ

Hawker Siddeley Trident G-APRH

RAF BAE Systems Hawk T.1 XX308

Whilst not to my taste, the Civil Aviation Hangar did include some fantastic types, such as the Twin Pioneer and Anson, both seen further below. On the whole, however, I skimmed through this hangar relatively quickly, eager to see what was in the final hangar.

Civil Aviation Authority De Havilland DH1-4 Dove G-ANOV

Scottish Ambulance Service Britten-Norman BN.2A Islander G-BELF

Montgomerie-Parsons Two Place G-UNIV (Black) & Weir W-2 (Blue)

Ikarus C.42 G-SJEN

Druine D.31 Turbulent G-AVPC

De Havilland DH84 Dragon VH-SNB

Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer 3 G-BBVF

De Havilland DH80A Puss Moth VH-UQB

Miles M.18 Mk.11 G-AHKY

Avro Anson G-APHV

Looking rather sorry for themselves outside of the museum buildings were an Avro Vulcan and De Havilland DH106 Comet. Whilst I do find hangars much more awkward for photography, I would certainly rather have the aircraft inside and preserved than rotting away exposed to all the elements. 

RAF Avro Vulcan B.2 XM597

Dan-Air London De Havilland DH106 Comet G-BDIX

Coming to the museum for the first time, I had absolutely no idea what gems were displayed on the site. To find that the museum had a military hangar was a pleasant surprise, even more so when I walked through the doors and saw what it was holding!

Unfortunately, only minutes after walking in, the lights dimmed and a video started to play. I say unfortunate because I didn't have much time to hang around, and, I'm pretty rubbish at shooting in the dark. As such, I opted for some careful flash photography, which I think came off well, considering.

RAF Supermarine Spitfire TE462

Ferranti Flying Unit Gloster Meteor G-ARCX

English Electric Canberra B.5 VX185

English Electric Lightning F.2 XN776

Royal Navy Hawker Sea Hawk F.2 WF259

Royal Navy De Havilland DH112 Sea Venom FAW.22 WW145

RAF Panavia Tornado F.3 ZE934

Czechoslovakian Air Force Aero S-103 3677 

Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Me163 Komet 191659/15 YELLOW

RAF Hawker-Siddeley Harrier GR.1 XV277

Royal Canadian Air Force Bristol Bolingbroke IVT 9940

RAF SEPECAT Jaguar GR.1 XZ119