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Concorde at the National Museum of Flight

The main attraction at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune, East Lothian is a real Concorde. It’s housed in a hangar more less all to itself.


Concorde Nose

Engines and fuselage:-

Concorde Engines + Fuselage

Tail (I forget now which aircraft’s front portion is in the background here):-

Concorde Tail

Mach and altitude indicators:-

Concorde Mach and Height Indicators

External temperature and speed indicators:-

Concorde Temp and mph Indicators

One of Concorde’s engines:-

Concorde Engine

Interior looking forward:-

Concorde Interior

Interior looking aft. It’s pretty cramped looking:-

Concorde Interior


Concorde Cockpit

Airship R 34 and East Fortune

A plaque at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian, commemorates the airship R34 which flew from there on 2/7/1919 to make the first crossing of the Atlantic from east to west (landing on Mineola, Long Island on 6/7/1919) and subsequently made the first double crossing by returning (to Fulham) on 13/7/1919:-

Airship Plaque, National Museum of Flight

The airship’s mooring block is still in evidence:-

Airship Mooring Block

Information Board:-

R34 Information Board, National Museum of Flight

Model of R34. Sorry about the reflectuons. he model is behind glass and not well lit:-

Model of R34, National Museum of Flight

Civilian Aeroplanes, National Museum of Flight

A Comet in Dan Air livery:-


Its interior:-

Comet interior

And its cockpit:-

Comet Cockpit

A BAC-1-11 in the colours of British Airways:-

Bac 1-11

Its cockpit:-

BAC 1-11 Cockpit

The front portion of a Boeing 707 was one of the exhibits. This is its cockpit:-

Boeing 707 Cockpit

Hawker Siddeley Trident Cockpit:-

Hawker Siddeley Trident Cockpit

Sheila Scott’s Piper Commanche:-

Sheila Scott's Piper Comanche

I vaguely remember Scott’s flight round the world in 1966 in the above small aeroplane (the damage obvious in the photo was inflicted by the man she sold it to.)

Sheila Scott

Military Aircraft, National Museum of Flight

More pictures taken at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian, Scotland.

A Czech S-103:-

Czech S-103

Lockheed Lightning. I forget which country’s livery this displays:-

Lockheed Lightning

The obligatory Spitfire:-

Spitfire, National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

Messerschmidt Komet. This was a rocket propelled aeroplane as I recall:-

Messerschmidt Komet

Vulcan Bomber:-

Vulcan Bomber, National Museum of Flight, East Fortune


The images of two bombs/missiles under Argentine flags on the fuselage of the Vulcan signal the two raids made by this bomber on the Argentinian forces at Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands during the conflict in 1982. The flag of Brazil is because the Vulcan was forced to detour by engine trouble and land in Brazil after one of the raids.

Mission Markings on Vulcan at National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

Hawker Harrier:-

Hawker Harrier

Exhibits at National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield

See yesterday’s post.

Bomb dropped from Zeppelin. (Luckily for the citizens of Edinburgh where it dropped, it seems not to have exploded.):-

Bomb Dropped from Zeppelin

Model (in the shop) of a Sopwith Camel:-

Model of a Sopwith Camel

Real seat from a Sopwith Camel. It looks like a garden chair with its legs cut off:-

Sopwith Camel seat

Compare and contrast. A more modern ejector seat:-

Ejector seat

Hawk Training Aircraft:-

Hawk Training Aircraft

A Red Arrows XX308:-

A Red Arrows XX308

A New Zealand War Memorial. Inscribed, “In memory of the men from the Dominion who served in Scotland during the 1939 – 1945 conflict. Also in heartfelt remembrance of those who, whilst flying from Scotland’s sea and shore in the Royal New Zealand Air Force and Fleet Air Arm, made the ultimate sacrifice. ‘They watch over Scotia still’.”

NZ War Memorial

The 1930s were possibly the high point of aviation displays – exciting and new. This poster advertises one in Fife:-

Flying Display Poster

National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian, Scotland.

I’d been wanting to visit the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune airfield, East Lothian, Scotland for ages. Last year we finally made it.

It has all the appearance of a Second World War airfield so familiar from films.

Buildings at National Museum of Flight

More Buildings, National Museum of Flight

National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

Control tower:-

East Fortune Control Tower

However, the airfield was first commissioned as a Royal Naval Air Station. This was the gate:-

Former Gates of East Fortune Airfield

The airfield’s complement was tasked with protecting shipping in the Firth of Forth and preventing airship attacks on Edinburgh or the navy and its base at Rosyth :-

East Fortune History


Hangar, National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

Hangar Annexe, a Nissen Hut:-

Nissen Hut, A Hangar Annexe at East Fortune Airfield

More from Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

Great War Roll of Honour. I missed this out in my War Memorials at Montrose post:-

Great War Roll of Honour, Montrose Air Station

A Sea Hawk:-

Sea Hawk

Showing twin tails:-

Part of a Sea Hawk

World War 2 at Montrose Air Station

Model of Montrose Air Station at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre:-

Model of Montrose Air Station

Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) poster. The ATA featured many women pilots:-

Air Transport Auxiliary Panel


ATA Panel Detail, Montrose Air Station

Photos of some women flyers:-

Women Flyers

Civilian casualties:-

Civilian casualties at Montrose Air Station

RAF Sector Clock:-

RAF Sector Clock, Montrose Air Station

RAF Memorial Window, in stained glass. Inscribed, “This window commemorates the pilots of the Royal Air Force who in the Battle of Britain turned the work of our hands into the salvation of our country.”:-

RAF Memorial Window

Models of a Mosquito and Hurricane:-

Mosquito and Hurricane Models

War Savings Campaign Plaque:-

War Savings Campaign Plaque

War Memorials, Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

Part of a Memorial display at Montrose Air Station. A War Memorial rescued from a now disused Church at Logie, near Montrose:-

Church War Memorial

The placard beside the rescued Memorial asks, “Do we really remember them?”

Do We Really Remember Caption

The poppy wall above it commemorates the dead of both World Wars:-


Great War Exhibits, Montrose Air Station

BE2 Replica, small model Fokker Triplane behind, plus two other models in photo:-

BE2 Replica, Montrose Air Station

Same BE2 with a small model of a Bristol Fighter to upper left and a Sopwith Camel, I think, to right:-

Replica BE2, Montrose Air Station

Fuselage and Wings of a replica Sopwith Camel under construction. This may now be completed:-

Replica Sopwith Camel Fuselage and Wings

Sopwith Camel wing being worked on:-

Sopwith Camel Wing

Effigy of Lieutenant Ross Robertson:-

Effigy of Lieutenant Ross Robertson

Cross erected at Marquion in France by the Germans at the grave of Lt Ross Robertson inscribed, “Er starb den heldentod – eng Flieger.” “He died the death of a hero – an English Airman.” He was buried there on 17/5/1917:-

The Robertson Cross

Model of a Rumpler? Taube. Plus Bristol Fighter:-

Model Taube and Bristol Fighter

Small Models of Fokker Triplane and Sopwith Camel:-

Small Models of Fokker Triplane and Sopwith Camel

Part of the Fokker Triplane of the famous Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen. Souvenir hunters apparently got to it very quickly:-

Part of Red Baron's Triplane

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