Museum of Flight offers wartime experience

Twenty-first century evacuees James Paton (6) and Maja Semple (6) from Athelstaneford Primary arrive at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune, East Lothian ahead of the attraction's World Wars Experience
Twenty-first century evacuees James Paton (6) and Maja Semple (6) from Athelstaneford Primary arrive at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune, East Lothian ahead of the attraction's World Wars Experience

Wartime style tips, an aerobatic flying display, tales of D-Day deception and a homing pigeon release are just some of the attractions on offer at the National Museum of Flight this Sunday as part of its World Wars Experience.

Battlefield re-enactments, living history presenters and children’s craft sessions will also feature in the event at East Fortune which offers visitors the chance to step back in time and discover what life was like during the First and Second World Wars.

The World Wars Experience will also present a number of talks on East Lothian’s secret role during the Second World War which included assisting with the development of the latest radar techniques and the part the area played in Operation Fortitude North, a deception operation that helped to ensure the success of the D-Day landings.

Visitors will be able to hear about the experiences of frontline troops during the First World War as well as the role of socialite women in the delivery of Spitfire aircraft in the Second World War. The practicalities of living in a time of austerity will also be explained through presentations on food rationing and Make Do and Mend. Miss Dixie Belle’s Parlour will show how women tried to look their best during times of rationed fashion and will offer free hairstyling tips.

A Starduster Too bi-plane will also perform a series of aerobatic displays and on the ground within the museum’s collections, visitors will be able to see some of the aircraft from the Second World War including Spitfire and Messerschmitt fighters.

Grant MacKenzie, general manager, National Museum of Flight said: “This fascinating event is filled with exciting displays, informative talks and family fun and aims to show visitors what life was like during two of the most important periods of the twentieth century. We hope as many people as possible will come along to experience this taste of history.”

World Wars Experience at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune, is from 10am to 5pm.