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“Excellent day out in spite of awful weather!”

National Museum of Flight
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Check in for an aviation adventure at East Fortune airfield! Trace the history of aviation from the First World War to today or join the jet set on a Boeing 707 and Concorde. Go interactive in hands-on galleries, where you can find out how aircraft fly and the skills you need to fly them.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We have been to this museum many times in the past both to attend special days such as air shows and also just to while away an afternoon and it has never failed to impress. Firstly, I would like to say how kind, helpful and informative the staff are. They’re clearly passionate about the exhibits and are very engaging, particularly with the children. The Concorde hangar is fascinating and the information boards and exhibits comprehensively tell the story of this Franco-British technological icon. Of course, being able to go on to the Concorde plane itself is the highlight! In our family the kids and adults alike adore the Fantastic Flight hangar which contains several games / challenges all related to the science behind flying, including simulator games, reaction timers and other fun stuff. It’s very tricky to get the kids to leave this section! When you do, you can take them to the outdoor assault course which is equally a lot of fun. There are both military and civilian aircraft hangars which are both great to look around and the museum is particularly good for those interested in the wars. From what I’ve heard the museum has plans to bring inside the aircraft that has been on display to the elements for many years and this is heartening to hear. The shop has lots of souvenirs and a few decent books, though it’s quite dear. The cafe has lovely food, especially the home made soup which is very tasty and served in generous portions. I would definitely recommend a visit to this museum, especially if you have any budding pilots in the family!

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

We spent a few days down in East Lothian visiting a number of interesting sites We had to visit the Museum of Flight so we could go on Concorde. This was an amazing tour with many old aircraft on display . Lots of interesting aeroplanes with facts to read about . There is lots of thing for kids to see and do We spent about four hours there but could easily spent double that time. Well worth a visit..

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Reviewed 30 March 2018

Amazing to see this iconic plane from 1969. Better for older children. Will appeal to those of us who remember first flight.

1  Thank anne s
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

This is such a gem of a place. The attractions are very well signed and the information given is fantastic, using videos and display notes. You can get right up close and personal to the exhibits and actually climb aboard quite a few of them. The exhibits range from world war 2 fighters to modern day jets (including the amazing Concorde). There's also examples of the working areas for packing parachutes etc. There is plenty of parking and a lovely little cafe to sit in (albeit a little pricey). The information is so detailed and hands on that you get a real feel for how things must have been during the war. All in all a really interesting and informative place to visit, you will not be disappointed.

2  Thank michael s
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

On a very wet November day, we visited the museum of flight as a party of 5 adults, 3 children aged 2, 5 and 10 plus a teenager and
'to a man' everyone had a fantastic day. It was fun and educational seeing the many types of aircraft and the children particularly enjoyed the little film and video shows . The chance to climb up into the famous Concorde was very special and we spent a very happy afternoon in the scientific experiment section with the children finding something to interact with depending on age. For a nice dry day, there is a children's play area with an obstacle course and picnic areas. I cannot recommend this exceptional place highly enough.

2  Thank Mariem60
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