Tickets go on sale this week for Scotland’s national Airshow at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune, East Lothian on Saturday, July 27.
The RAF’s supersonic Typhoon display team will take centre stage at the popular annual event, which last year attracted around 11,000 visitors.
The impressive, delta-wing Typhoon has a maximum speed of Mach 2 - twice the speed of sound - and will be joined by two other RAF aircraft – the fast turbo-prop Tucano trainer aircraft and the Tutor, the organisation’s elementary training aircraft.
The National Museum of Flight Airshow will also feature a World War II Swordfish torpedo bomber biplane from the Royal Navy Historic Flight, a Jungmann biplane, the basic training aircraft used by the Luftwaffe in the same conflict, as well as a Sea King helicopter.
There will be spectacular aerobatic displays from the Breitling Wingwalkers, who will perform breathtaking manoeuvres and handstands while strapped to the top wings of the team’s Boeing Stearman biplanes. The event will feature further exhilarating displays from the SWIP team and the Trig Aerobatic team.
A Supermarine Spitfire and a Hawker Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will fly on the day, as will a P51 Mustang – the American long-range, single-seat fighter aircraft, and an American veteran of the Vietnam War, a Huey helicopter.
On the ground, there will be a range of family entertainment, talks and food and drink. All of the National Museum of Flight’s hangars will be open.
Steve McLean, general manager, National Museum of Flight said; “We’ve secured a fantastic line-up of aerial entertainment so far and are just finalising the remaining aircraft which will display on the day. We also have a packed programme of activities and attractions for spectators on the ground. We believe our Airshow is one of the best family days out in Scotland and are greatly looking forward to this year’s event.”
This year’s Airshow is supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Jo Bucci, managing director, People’s Postcode Lottery said; “We are delighted that our players are supporting the Airshow this year. The Lottery’s continual growth ensures that important charities like National Museums Scotland receive support and the Airshow marks the start of long-term support for National Museums Scotland’s projects across the country.”