High flying museum marks 40th birthday

Maisie Calder and Ritchie Brand from Athelstaneford Primary mark the National Museum of Flight's 40th anniversary.
Maisie Calder and Ritchie Brand from Athelstaneford Primary mark the National Museum of Flight's 40th anniversary.

The National Museum of Flight at East Fortune marks its 40th anniversary on Tuesday and is offering free entry during the month of July to anyone sharing its birthday.

Housed on an atmospheric wartime airfield, the Museum explores the science and story of flight through interactive, family-friendly exhibits, personal stories, fascinating objects and one of the most impressive collections of aircraft in Europe.

It is currently undergoing a £3.6 million refurbishment that will see the restoration of two nationally significant Second World War hangars to create vibrant new exhibitions at the Museum.

It boasts amongst its exhibits a 1945 Supermarine Spitfire, the front fuselage of a Hawker Siddeley Nimrod marine patrol aircraft, a de Havilland Comet – the world’s first jet-powered passenger airliner, a Jaguar strike attack aircraft, an Avro Vulcan bomber and Scotland’s Concorde.

The Museum also hosts a regular programme of events including Scotland’s National Airshow.

This year’s event, on Saturday, July 25, will be the attraction’s 18th Airshow and will feature displays by The Red Arrows, a Typhoon and the Royal Jordanian Falcons.

The National Museum of Flight first opened to the public on July 7, 1975, and now welcomes over 70,000 visitors every year.

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the National Museum of Flight is offering free entry throughout July 2015 (excluding July 25) to anyone sharing its July 7 birthday. Proof of their date of birth should be provided at the ticket desk (eg birth certificate, passport, driving licence).